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Old 10-19-2009, 01:41 AM   #1
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Default My Car caught on fire on Glenn

Its a sad day for me and my subbie. As I pulled onto the Glenn from boniface my car begins smoking badly so i pull over and jump out the car to see my front end on fire...<<<I really feel like this guy. Luckily APD got there within 3 minutes to put the fire out.

Tear down will begin tonight and will go all day tomorrow to find the source and everything I need to replace to get her running again.


Looks like ill be riding shotgun for a while lol. Im posting up pics in a few mins.



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Old 10-19-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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Good luck and let me know if you need some help.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:55 AM   #3
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Holy S*** I was just passing you inbound and could still see the front of your car on fire... I was trying to figure out what was going on.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:30 AM   #4
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Yeah Im guessing its a hose that came loose or busted because there was no engine noise when it happened. Thanks brando ill let you know...

Im going to need a lot of engine degreaser. My supervisor gave me the day off but i have no car to go buy the stuff. There is oil everywhere!!! I pulled off a sideskirt and there was oil inside it. Its all underneathe the car on the exhaust all the way to the rear.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:37 AM   #5
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****, dude... That sucks ass.

Post up what you need. People might have stuff laying around!
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:59 AM   #6
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damnnnn broski, sorry to hear.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:36 AM   #7
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That sucks! Sorry to hear
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:54 AM   #8
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sorry to hear man..... i dont wish that on any1
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:09 AM   #9
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wow what was the root cause?
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:29 AM   #10
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that sucks man. sorry that happened. hope there wasnt too much damage.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:19 AM   #11
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wow what was the root cause?
Only a couple of flammable fluids in a engine...petrol of course and oil if it gets hot enough. Since there is oil all over the place my money is on the oil plus fuel tends to be rather spectacular.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:07 AM   #12
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since it looks to e on the pass side of the car and down low, might be a chance its around the oil filter area , something either came loose or split or double gasket from an oil change right now anything is in the possibilities
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:10 AM   #13
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Man, I feel for you. Terrible. Keep us informed.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:15 AM   #14
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oil leaks usually don't ignite without some sort of spark. fuel however just requires heat.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:21 PM   #15
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Wow sorry man. Well this just reinforces me to go out and buy a fire extinguisher for my car. I have always known I needed one but now I am motivated.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:02 PM   #16
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Oil on red hot turbo will ignite every time. Been here done that. Check external oil lines.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:09 PM   #17
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Nomadgene is going to come pick me up to buy what i need to clean up the car some. Ill keep you guys posted as i find stuff.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:31 PM   #18
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Is it cool if i swing by after i get off?
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:00 PM   #19
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Of course bro...u kno ur family here.

Nomadgene hooked me up with a ride. Real stand up guy. Thanks Mike we'll keep in touch.

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Old 10-19-2009, 03:28 PM   #20
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hey miguel your running a header aren't you? if so and you had oil leak on to it from where ever on that side you betcha its going to ignite. frankly even if its the stock manifold you get enough oil leaked on it and its red hot, guys you have to remember that even when your just cruisin those manifolds are at 700 degrees or higher and when you hit wot they can jump up to well over 1300 degrees that is more then enough heat to ignite oil
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:32 PM   #21
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Actually at highway cruise they average 1200-1500 near the heads.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:35 PM   #22
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hey miguel your running a header aren't you? if so and you had oil leak on to it from where ever on that side you betcha its going to ignite. frankly even if its the stock manifold you get enough oil leaked on it and its red hot, guys you have to remember that even when your just cruisin those manifolds are at 700 degrees or higher and when you hit wot they can jump up to well over 1300 degrees that is more then enough heat to ignite oil
Thats what i originally thought, an oil leak on the header b/c they are black from being burnt. So i think the fire started on the passanger side of the headers and burnied the timing cover and everything on that side.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:48 PM   #23
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Actually at highway cruise they average 1200-1500 near the heads.

hence why i said 700 or higher, i've seen some cruise at lower then 1200 degree temps, but either way 1200 degree's is still more then enough on a unwrapped header to ignite oil, hell even if it was wrapped it would still most likely ignite
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:00 PM   #24
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All depends where the sensor is. The ones in the headers get much hotter then on the uppipe or downpipe. On my STI I see 1400 or so cruising in every morning on the glen.


Like you said its hot enough. I spilled a little oil on a hot manifold and had pretty much an instant fire; watched a guy with a turbo volvo once spill oil on the turbo and same deal instant fire.


Anyone racing/tuning etc should keep a little fire extinguisher in the car at all times. Walmart sells some new cool aerosol type extinguishers, I use the kind you keep in RV's and travel trailers(fits under the seat).
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:08 PM   #25
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They got some at Lowes too. I should put my extinguisher back in the car.
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