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 Post subject: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:34 pm 
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Thought I’d share this, it may help others.

I had a chat with a client the other day, he had a very nice TR almost concourse.
He was driving down the motorway and it had a fuel fire, this seems to be a problem with the modern fuels drying out fibre washers and sticky fuel valves.

Anyway unfortunately he lost the car!
My point. I think it’s worth a thought. Do you carry a fire extinguisher, is it up to the job. Even if the worst happens you can still try to save your pride and joy, not just stand helplessly and watch it burn.

Second point a master switch. I fit all my vehicles with one, when there parked up even over night I switch them off just to save any mishaps..

Dose Anybody have any other input to keep our toys safe?

The car in question was NOT looked after by me or the workshop I work in..
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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:53 pm 
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Battery Isolator gets fitted to all my cars & its become habit to switch the Isolator Off just after the ignition key gets to Off.
Isolator key is also removed when car is parked as it may stop a drive away theft ?

Not too sure about fighting fuel fire with a hand held.. better to fight with the Loss Adjuster :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:19 pm 
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The front door pockets are big enough to fit a fire extinguisher, I carry one everywhere. Of course you can’t put out an entire car, but hopefully you can extinguish the fire before it spreads


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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:49 am 
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From my own experience, the small 'auto' type fire extinguishers don't have much capacity at all, so if you have one and a fire breaks out, don't think twice about using it as seconds will really count in a big way - hopefully,,,,

If the fire is being fed by fuel or from a battery cable, then these extinguishers won't suppress that or put them out, they'll only add to the mess.

None the less, better to have, than have not.

Yes, I have one.


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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:42 pm 
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I supply and maintain fire extinguishers for a living so have always had at least one in my cars.

Its quite supprising how even a small extinguisher can knock down a pretty large fire, had customers manage to save big trucks with small extinguishers. Speed is definitely the key.


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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:45 am 
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Nothing in the Min, but my VeeDub has a firetech plumbed in system in the engine compartment. If the engine bay does catch fire then it'll auto deploy.

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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:23 am 
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Callum wrote:
I supply and maintain fire extinguishers for a living so have always had at least one in my cars.

Its quite supprising how even a small extinguisher can knock down a pretty large fire, had customers manage to save big trucks with small extinguishers. Speed is definitely the key.



Can you recommend a small extinguisher?


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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:18 am 
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Personally I have an old halon extinguisher but they have been banned for a while now. You can get modern equivalents but they aren't cheap!

I also have a 2 litre foam extinguisher. The AFFF foam is used in most of the motorsport plumbed in fire extinguishers such as Lifeline.

A lot of people go for dry powder, a good extinguisher but will make a right bloody mess. Can do more damage than the fire sometimes


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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:47 pm 
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Probably knowing how to use it properly is more important than the size of the extinguisher...


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 Post subject: Re: Protecting your car
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:02 am 
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mikal wrote:
Probably knowing how to use it properly is more important than the size...


They say that about all sorts :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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