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Old 12-17-2007, 06:05 PM
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Don't let your SL catch on fire ...

This is a neighbor's car - a decent 560. I haven't had a chance to find out what happened, and will post some more when I do.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:32 PM
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That's what I feel like doing.

What happened?...If that were mine I would shoot myself.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:44 PM
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He stick high voltage bulbs in those euros?
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:59 PM
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being that is the area of the high pressure power steering hose, i would bet it developed a seroius leak and was ignited by the hot exhaust manifold on that side
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:46 PM
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This is a neighbor's car - a decent 560. I haven't had a chance to find out what happened, and will post some more when I do.
Interesting - I just posted this thread on Benzworld:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c107-sl-slc-class/1352733-fire-hazard.html

I wonder if that could be cause? Whatever, it was a hot fire. Not electrical.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:51 PM
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probably not, the one you posted was a much older SL with the "EFI" type fuel injection which was discontinued from model year 1976 and newer.
it has different fuel system plumbing with a lot more rubber hoses exposed to ignition arc as opposed to the CIS systems on the car above

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Interesting - I just posted this thread on Benzworld:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c107-sl-slc-class/1352733-fire-hazard.html

I wonder if that could be cause? Whatever, it was a hot fire. Not electrical.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:41 AM
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Please post some sort of a warning concerning the graphic and disturbing nature of photographs such as these before we have to view them. Thanks

Seriously, the melted aluminum hood area is just above the fuel cooler and the fittings to it. Crazy, but possible? A ruptured A/C hose rupturing the fuel cooler? I've had an A/C hose blow due to a defective high pressure switch in a GM car and I thought that there was a bomb under my hood. The car jumped. I'm sure I would have been injured or killed if it had happened while I was under the hood.
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holy crap, i feel bad for the guy, looks like a nice , er was a nice car
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:57 AM
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Where was the hood pad? The hood pad is designed to fall onto the engine and snuff out the fire...must have been a real scorcher to do that!!!
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Old 12-21-2007, 04:08 PM
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I'd say not letting your CAR catch on fire was pretty good advice no matter which car it is . . . .

I never heard that about the hood pad falling over the engine and snuffing out the fire. Is that really true?
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:59 PM
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I'd say not letting your CAR catch on fire was pretty good advice no matter which car it is . . . .

I never heard that about the hood pad falling over the engine and snuffing out the fire. Is that really true?
yea the hood pad falling to snuff a fire is one i have never heard either, i have seen a few pads that did fall and help the fire along lol!!
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:02 PM
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yea the hood pad falling to snuff a fire is one i have never heard either, i have seen a few pads that did fall and help the fire along lol!!
I suspect that the foam may have a fire retardant built in - most foams do these days, especially those used for furniture etc. It will help put itself out, but I doubt they are intended to do anything more. In fact on the new cars, the held up mechanically.
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That one is totalled!

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