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Old 01.04.2019, 22:58
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Drive a Korean car?

Might want to pull over and get a fire extinguisher.



https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKCN1RD2P4
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Re: Drive a Korean car?

You should have a fire extinguisher in your car no matter what; and make sure you know how to use it.
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Old 02.04.2019, 07:33
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Might want to pull over and get a fire extinguisher.
Same with a German car (BMW) apparently.
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Old 02.04.2019, 07:55
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You should have a fire extinguisher in your car no matter what; and make sure you know how to use it.

A fire extinguisher is a totla waste of time in a car, they are small and fairly ineffective, you need to use it properly which means getting close to the fire and risk having the car explode.


Any case, once a car catches fire, it is 99% of the time a total write off so better to let it burn and make sure it's a write off !
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Might want to pull over and get a fire extinguisher.



https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKCN1RD2P4

The worst that could happen with a Korean car is actually that the car burns down, and the insurance gives you a new one instead of the money.
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You should have a fire extinguisher in your car no matter what; and make sure you know how to use it.
You risk getting seriously injured if you try to open the bonnet once the engine is actually on fire. Even creating just a crack to give the extinguishers nozzle access puts your fingers and hands at risk.

Let it burn, it's just money.
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Old 02.04.2019, 11:06
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Let it burn, it's just money.
Unless it's got your kids trapped in there and you want to try and save them.

I can think of instances where you've been involved in a crash, a small electrical fire has started but someone is trapped in the car (because of the accident).

I'd want to try and put out the fire if I couldn't get the people out. (But may be that's just me).
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Old 02.04.2019, 12:22
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A fire extinguisher is a totla waste of time in a car, they are small and fairly ineffective, you need to use it properly which means getting close to the fire and risk having the car explode.
Most effective function of them is as a hammer to break a window. If you can get near enough to squirt it at the fire, you can get near enough to punch out the windows.
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You should have a fire extinguisher in your car no matter what; and make sure you know how to use it.
I have some marshmallows in mine.
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Old 02.04.2019, 13:14
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Unless it's got your kids trapped in there and you want to try and save them.

I can think of instances where you've been involved in a crash, a small electrical fire has started but someone is trapped in the car (because of the accident).

I'd want to try and put out the fire if I couldn't get the people out. (But may be that's just me).
Good luck extinguishing a burning car with the typical fire extinguisher. Buy a glass hammer instead.
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Old 02.04.2019, 13:15
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Good luck extinguishing a burning car with the typical fire extinguisher. Buy a glass hammer instead.
a glass hammer would just break
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Old 02.04.2019, 13:28
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Good luck extinguishing a burning car with the typical fire extinguisher. Buy a glass hammer instead.
You obviously have no idea what you are talking about so why are you even in this thread?

Would a glass hammer free someone trapped by a crushed car? - Perhaps the occupants have trapped legs.
Many fires start small - especially electrical ones.

May be you've been watching too many action films?
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Old 02.04.2019, 13:38
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Re: Drive a Korean car?

Here's one to illustrate my point - even after 15 minutes, the fire is still easily extinguishable with a small fire extinguisher.
It's not until 25 minutes that it's much, much worse.



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Old 02.04.2019, 13:45
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Re: Drive a Korean car?

Just to dial down on the Hollywood stuff for a moment and drag it back to the Korean car article, most of the fires in these cases start off as a smouldering engine fault, right? Presumably you've got time to pull over and make haste. Nobody trapped, nobody crushed. In that event, a fire extinguisher is probably useless anyway.

However, how would a fire affect the locking mechanism of the car in this case? If it shorts out fuses, could that leave the doors locked/unlocked because they work off the electrics, don't they?

I guess the fire would have to be established in this case but it would still be a bit of a worry if you suddenly find yourself locked in your own smouldering car.
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Old 02.04.2019, 14:02
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Just to dial down on the Hollywood stuff for a moment and drag it back to the Korean car article, most of the fires in these cases start off as a smouldering engine fault, right? Presumably you've got time to pull over and make haste. Nobody trapped, nobody crushed. In that event, a fire extinguisher is probably useless anyway.

However, how would a fire affect the locking mechanism of the car in this case? If it shorts out fuses, could that leave the doors locked/unlocked because they work off the electrics, don't they?

I guess the fire would have to be established in this case but it would still be a bit of a worry if you suddenly find yourself locked in your own smouldering car.
The edge of one of the side windows is the easiest point of attack. The side windows are tempered glass which is weakest at the edge.*
Don't try and break the windscreen glass which is laminated.

*Same as oven glass - really strong but give the exposed edge a slight knock and you'll find the glass in a thousand chunks. (I did this to our oven glass the other day with the lightest of knocks on the edge with an earthenware dish).
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Here's one to illustrate my point - even after 15 minutes, the fire is still easily extinguishable with a small fire extinguisher.
It's not until 25 minutes that it's much, much worse.
You still suck at reading minds, Tom.

Feel free to plan for that one in a million event, it's your decision. Whether it makes sense desn't appear to really bother you, not that it ever does.

The case at hand however is not some highly unlikely scenario, it's an engine that starts to smolder and burn while in operation. That gives you plenty of time to stop safely and get out, with or without kids.
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Old 02.04.2019, 15:18
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You still suck at reading minds, Tom.

Feel free to plan for that one in a million event, it's your decision. Whether it makes sense desn't appear to really bother you, not that it ever does.

The case at hand however is not some highly unlikely scenario, it's an engine that starts to smolder and burn while in operation. That gives you plenty of time to stop safely and get out, with or without kids.
you're not one of those people who break down in the outside lane of the motorway are you? telling the police it just stopped

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you're not one of those people who break down in the outside lane of the motorway are you? telling the police it just stopped

(just kidding, don't take offence)
I actually did once. And believe it or not, the police stopped behind me after just a few minutes.

Caught a nail and got a flat tyre. Stopped on the Pannenstreifen, set up the warning triangle and started to replace the tyre. I wasn't even done lifting the car with the jack when a police car stopped behind me.

Of course, all they did was watch me do the work. "Die Polizei, Dein Freund und Helfer", may arse.
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Pity. I remember Hyundais as being nice, simple yet still kind of nippy and long lasting (looong lasting ) cars.
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Hmmmm.

Just wondering if I should worry about my Hyundai bass?

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