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Old 10-19-2019, 07:19 PM
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PSA: USB in charging tray can short out on objects in the oddments tray

We were taking a road trip in our M550xi last weekend, and about 30 minutes into the drive we started smelling an electrical burning smell. Couldn't tell what it was coming from, or even if it was us, as we were in heavy traffic. The car seemed to be running fine. Eventually I pulled off the road and inspected the engine compartment, and couldn't smell anything odd.

Got back in the car, and we were certain the smell was coming from somewhere in the car, but we couldn't figure out what.

A few days later my wife happens to notice that the USB port in the charging tray beneath the dash was completely burnt out. Later she noticed that the neck chain she wears her office badge on had three charred spots, then realized that the chain had been up in that oddments tray while we were driving. It must have shorted the contacts on the USB, and fried the port.

Once we get that repaired at our next service visit, I'm going to cap that USB port with a plastic cap, or maybe a spare Logitech USB receiver I have sitting around.

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Thanks, good info. I will cap mine some how.
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:29 PM
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Check out how much damage was done...first picture is the discolored chain that was shorting out the USB. Second one is the burned out plastic in the tray around the USB port.
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Oh wow! That's pretty serious.
I was kind of surprised at the location considering there was no cover over that USB port.
I just now put a low profile USB drive in mine to make sure nothing has a chance to fall in it.
Sorry to see that happen to you.
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Same, I will probably just leave an iPhone cord plugged in and coiled up at all times.
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Same, I will probably just leave an iPhone cord plugged in and coiled up at all times.
This. Easy enough. Or an android charger cord if your wife has one of those.

There should be a recall on that necklace.
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Sorry to hear about that, looks awful.
An unlikely "chain" of events! Sorry :-\
I would be interested to know if they will fix that under coverage.
Glad you don't need it.
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