So, today after returning from dinner with my lady, I noticed a burning smell, at first I didn't think much (cool fallish night, neighbor could be having a bonfire) then I saw smoke coming from the steering column, after frantically pulling everything apart I discovered this:
It looks like the most outward pin on the bottom connector start to burn/melt.
The least awesome part of this is that the plastic receiver part of the conector is also toast, which i think means I'm going to have to do some soldering if i can't slide the new plastic over it.
So, a few questions, any ideas what would cause this? I was driving with my brights on when it started and they're now permanently on. Is there a fuse I can pull so that only my brights will disengage? And finally, is this a known issue or just an 11 year old jeep getting cranky?
For reference: 1998 Jeep Sport 4.0L 5 Speed, 31s 130k miles