How often do you hear of a vehicle fire? It seems like every week or so there is mention of one in the news. Last week we had one right in front of the shop. So close that we helped put it out with our shop fire extinguishers. The car was totaled. Why does this happen? I believe that there are two reasons for vehicle fires outside of a collision. Both involve lack of maintainece. First there are oil leaks that are allowed to continue. In our inspections we see many engines leaking oil profusely. The hot exhaust systems on the engine can easily vaporize and ignite this oil. Second brakes not functioning properly can cause excessive heat buildup causing any flammable substance resting on the hub to ignite. There are also several other maintainece issues that could be a fire hazard, chafed wires, slipping belts, etc. all fixable if caught in time.
So how do you protect yourself from a vehicle fire? Keep it maintained. This is one of the reasons we at Eilenberger’s Automotive rigorously inspect your car every time you bring it in to us for any type of work and share our findings and recommendations with you. Of course there are also many other conditions we look for to keep your car safe and reliable.