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2003 focus zx3. Engine bay washed Thursday morning now car is dead.
While on freeway lost instrument panel than car bucked nd panel would flash on then off etc... Few times . when off freeway idiling would be crazy thought it would stall out made it to destination. Now its dead jump start it but would die when jumpers disconnected.
The idiling has been high since thursday. Earlier today smelled wiring nd saw a little cloud of smoke by alternator.
Can anyone give advice?
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If you didnt disconnect the battery before washing and directly sprayed the alternator , I would start checking fuses.
 

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Smell and smoke say maybe too late, wiring melted. Soap is alkaline and will carry electricity like nobody's business, asking for it......oops, too late.
 
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