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The most Common causes of Car Fires



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The common causes of car fires tend to fall into the same few categories, but that does not mean that they are always the underlying reasons behind this travesty. Car fires are fairly rare, yet they do seem to make headlines once they occur.

Car fires are far more common that one would imagine. There are many different reasons for car fires, but the most common culprits are faulty wiring, leaking gasoline, smoking, overheating, and arson. Of these common causes, they are for the most part controllable and preventable.

With today's vehicles being so intricately wired, there are bound to be glitches and malfunctions from time to time, some of which may result in a car fire. Any of the wiring could have been installed in a faulty manner, or wear and tear may play a factor in causing a car fire.

This sort of problem is somewhat preventable, with proper maintenance and regular care. Vehicles need a lot of upkeep, and that certainly includes more than just grease and oil.

Gasoline is extremely volatile and flammable. Gas can pose a major fire hazard. Any type of leak in the gas line can easily lead to a spark which could ignite the entire vehicle into flames. A combustible substance like gasoline needs to be monitored.

If you notice, during your daily walk around the vehicle, that there is a leak near the gas tank, you should seek immediate repairs. If you ignore this glaring warning sign, peril will soon catch up to you and your vehicle, causing a fire.

People that smoke in their vehicles are constantly at the mercy of luck and fortune for their vehicles not to catch fire. Smoking is a fire hazard at all times. If you smoke, that means that there is always a spark ready for ignition. A cigarette can easily fall onto the upholstery, or ashes can be blown around the interior of the vehicle by wind gusts from open windows.

Cigarette ashes are dangerous, because you may not know that they have landed inside of the vehicle, leading to a potential fire.

Many cars overheat, due to the engine needing a tune-up, or because of a lack of oil. Either way, when the engine begins to heat up, it is imperative to cool it down. This can quickly be done by putting on the heater with the vents open to allow some of the excessive heat to be removed.

The catalytic converter tends to heat up, and can pose a problem when parked in a dry area, or on top of something flammable such as leaves.

Arson is a very common cause of car fires, although this is not through the fault of the vehicle. Arson occurs very often as a consequence of evil incarnate and sometimes due to insurance fraud attempts.

A car, due to the gasoline, is easily sent aflame. Car fires happen frequently, but these fires are preventable if owners heed caution.

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