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Old 02-05-2019, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Is this the equivalent of spontaneous combustion? And they are not even electric cars.

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Old 02-06-2019, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Insurance claim.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Insurance claim.
Meaning what? Owners torching their cars and getting away with it? Interestingly, it's not just BMWs. It's pretty remarkable for a SITTING car to catch fire AND nobody knowing why, including the manufacturer.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:56 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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This is a fairly common occurrence around here, whether the car is parked or being driven. I would guess an electrical issue. Given the number of BMWs with electrical issues this isn't a surprise. The challenge is troubleshooting the issue when all the evidence is destroyed by the fire.

There was a fire at the Newark Airport parking garage last week that destroyed over a dozen cars. Would not be surprised if it was caused by the same issue.
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:54 PM
 
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Meaning what? Owners torching their cars and getting away with it? Interestingly, it's not just BMWs. It's pretty remarkable for a SITTING car to catch fire AND nobody knowing why, including the manufacturer.

Didn't Chevy have a massive recall for just this on the ignition switches back in the early '00's?


That being said, there's about three causes for vehicle fires.. Electrical, fuel-related or the aforementioned insurance claim (Be it by the owner or caused by ruffians with molotovs)

I've heard that some of the early DI engines had several recalls due to fires.. Not the engine itself, but the high pressure rail/pump developing leaks.

Electrical.. Even on a gas powered vehicle there's literally hundreds of places for a fire to start. A wire bundle routed in a bad place gets chafed... Shorts out when you get out and slam the door..
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:26 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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Didn't Chevy have a massive recall for just this on the ignition switches back in the early '00's?


That being said, there's about three causes for vehicle fires.. Electrical, fuel-related or the aforementioned insurance claim (Be it by the owner or caused by ruffians with molotovs)

I've heard that some of the early DI engines had several recalls due to fires.. Not the engine itself, but the high pressure rail/pump developing leaks.

Electrical.. Even on a gas powered vehicle there's literally hundreds of places for a fire to start. A wire bundle routed in a bad place gets chafed... Shorts out when you get out and slam the door..
One other - adhesives and composite parts. There have been a fair number of cars that have burst into flames when being driven due to overheating of adhesives and composite parts in the engine compartment.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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Didn't Chevy have a massive recall for just this on the ignition switches back in the early '00's?
No, it was Ford and it was both ignition and cruise control deactivation switches. They had a series of recalls from 1996 all the way to 2009.

https://www.autosafety.org/ford-crui...s-and-history/
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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They all have batteries, right?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GI4rwSqrEk
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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It happens and I almost lost my truck to a fire. I was getting a strange odor through the vents on the road and planned to check it out as soon as I pulled into the parking lot that I was heading for. What I didn't realize was that my power steering reservoir was cracked at the bottom and dripping fluid, when I got on the highway to travel to the next exit I noticed a cloud of smoke in my rear view mirror but didn't think it was me. I got off the highway stopped at a light and saw smoke coming out of the wheel well area, the light changed and I pulled into the parking lot, got out and I saw flames! I grabbed a bottle of water I had, tossed it on the fire and luckily it went out. The air flow at highway speed must have pushed the drips onto the hot manifold where it caught fire.

I got the truck fixed and now I carry a fire extinguisher just in case.


One day I was out in the yard and heard a loud pop. I looked down to the neighbors house and the guys truck was on fire and the pop was the rear window blowing out. It turned out that a carelessly disposed cigarette had started the fire.

It was a battle with the insurance company but he ended up getting a new truck.



Car fires do happen for many reasons.
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:01 PM
 
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This is why I would never park a vehicle in a garage attached to a house. A detached carport is fine. I have encountered electrical shorts on cars, farm trucks and tractors where positive wires short against the block. A fire can be avoided if the wiring can be pulled away from the ground source quickly. If it is a short in an ignition switch, or some other component, I would try to disconnect a battery cable as quickly as possible and grab a fire extinguisher.
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