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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:43 am 
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Can anyone tell me how this fire would have started? I am thinking maybe an o-ring on an injector giving up?

It's a scary thought to think that this could happen.

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:55 am 
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is the car at your place? i'll come have a look. I'm a firey so i might be able to figure it out for u
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:07 am 
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Yeah it's mine now
I'm just curious how it happened so that others can prevent it from happening to them
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:12 am 
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Maybe these pics will help, you can see where the heat was at it's highest

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:54 am 
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:58 am 
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I'll just go ahead and blame a leaking power steering pump as the start of the fire.


I wouldn't have picked that, what gives you that impression?
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:11 am 
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:22 am 
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From the marks on the bonnet Id say it started from the fuel rail,

 

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:51 am 
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fuel reg decided to s**t itself and leak?...then again the fire could have started somewhere else and slowly got to the fuel rail, causing more damage with the presence of petrol.

Could have also started at the battery terminal.

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:22 am 
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power steering fluid leaking onto the cat converter,,seen it heaps of times.

 

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:37 am 
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power steering fluid leaking onto the cat converter,,seen it heaps of times.


yeah than it will have burnt up the insulation on the firewall and than caught the main engine loom there, and thats why the heat was there.
It also explains the spread back up to the battery - p/s pump area.
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:45 am 
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who ever owned it were lucky,,i've been to many of these and 95% of the time the car is burnt to a shell.

 

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:16 am 
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The cars only done 160k's - I would have thought that was premature for the PS pump to fail?

Then again, judging by the state of the firewall above the cat you may be right.
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:41 pm 
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Somewhere around the rear of the fuel rail, as is evident by the pattern of the burn marks. There rest of the damage is from radiant/convection heat. Is the firewall burnt back to bare metal? on that side? would say so. What was underneath the car? as in what dripped onto the ground? from the fire, or before hand? be traces of fuel i would reckon.
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:41 pm 
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Somewhere around the rear of the fuel rail, as is evident by the pattern of the burn marks. There rest of the damage is from radiant/convection heat. Is the firewall burnt back to bare metal? on that side? would say so. What was underneath the car? as in what dripped onto the ground? from the fire, or before hand? be traces of fuel i would reckon.
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