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Failure

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Failure can be the cause of vehicle fires, especially in the engine bay.

These can be divided into the three main categories below:

Safety Fire Failure

Overheating

  • Design flaw.

  • Coolant level too low.

  • Oil level too low.

  • Engine strained.

  • Ambient temperatures very high.

  • Failed radiator.

  • Heavy braking.

Fluid Spills

  • Flammable Liquids:

  •       Gasoline or diesel.

  •       Engine oil.

  •       Transmission fluid.

  •       Power steering fluid.

  •       Brake fluid.

  •       Engine coolant.

  • Fluids leaking onto hot metal parts.

Electrical Fault

  • Wiring:

  •      Short circuits.

  •      Arcing between exposed wiring and bare metal.

  • Battery:

  •       Faulty.

  •       Dangerous Hydrogen Gas buildup.

Prevention

  • Good Maintenance routine to catch problems early.

  • Keep an eye on temperature gauge:

  •       Hot weather.

  •       Towing.

  •       Carrying heavy loads.

  • Visual inspection for fluid leaks each time you approach vehicle or leave parking spot.

  • Ensure coolant concentration is correct and not diluted.

Electrical Fault

  • Wiring:

  •      Short circuits.

  •      Arcing between exposed wiring and bare metal.

  • Battery:

  •       Faulty.

  •       Dangerous Hydrogen Gas buildup.

Prevention

  • Good Maintenance routine to catch problems early.

  • Keep an eye on temperature gauge:

  •       Hot weather.

  •       Towing.

  •       Carrying heavy loads.

  • Visual inspection for fluid leaks each time you approach vehicle or leave parking spot.

  • Ensure coolant concentration is correct and not diluted.

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