Car fires can be caused by a number of things, including overheating, short circuits, and fuel leakage. Car fires would commonly start from the engine compartment because that’s where most of the working parts are. Accidents are no exception. All it takes for a fire to start is hard impact on the gas tank or engine, or a slight spark from the rupture of batteries.
Here are 5 reasons your car could catch on fire:
1. Poor maintenance
The first one on the list is poor maintenance. If you don’t maintain your car properly, you are increasing the possibility that something will go wrong. A poorly maintained car is a safety risk. If you let any broken part or faulty wiring go unrepaired, your car is basically a fire hazard waiting to happen.
Pay careful attention to your car maintenance and don’t delay any repairs. This will help to lower the possibility that your car might catch on fire.
2. Engine overheat
A fire caused by an engine overheat may happen in a couple of ways.
When an engine overheats, the temperature rises to high levels which may cause internal fluids to spill out. When the fluids find their way to other areas, especially where there are wires, it can easily cause a spark.
It is also possible for the high temperature to melt wires and cause a fire. If your engine is prone to overheating, have a mechanic check your car’s cooling system. It’s possible that your cooling system is compromised or there is not enough water in the radiator.
3. Catalytic converters overheat
The catalytic converter is bolted to the underside of your car. It reduces toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas into less-toxic pollutants. It is prone to overheating. An overworked catalytic converter can easily rise to a high temperature and cause damage to the car and its surroundings. This could also be a source of fire.
4. Short circuit
Electrical wires run throughout your entire car. A frayed wire could easily cause a dangerous spark. Take note of the wiring around your car battery. If the wiring is poorly done, the electrical charges generated could produce sparks that could ignite any leaked fluids.
5. Fuel leak
Fuel leaks are the most common cause of car fires. Fuel leaking on the exhaust pipe can generate a fire, especially if you’re using petrol.
Gasoline can also easily catch fire from a spark. Any gasoline spill dripping onto hot metal parts would be enough to light up a fire. If you notice fluid on the ground after you move your car away, be cautious and check your car’s underside. You should also check for any leaks from gas lines, fuel lines, head gasket, and radiator.
Make sure you service your car regularly and properly maintain it!