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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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Viper burned to the ground... :(

Well it's a sad sad day for me. I took the car out for a trip to Reynolds GA on the stock wheels to see how much of a difference my 20s out back were making

About half way there going down a back road country highway I smell something burning and immediately pull over. Right away I see black soot coming from my left hood louver so I jump out of the car to see wtf is going on. That's when I see flames... I went to go pop the hood and try to put it out but it was already hot in there and I decided to back away and not let billowing smoke turn into a fireball by opening the hood.

I called 911 as I ran to the nearest house trying to get a location of where I was on the highway, and literally in a matter of a couple minutes... It was up in flames.

First guy on scene jumped out with a fire extinguisher and it didn't do a thing, and by the time the fire truck got there (8-10 min later) the car was gone...

I'm glad nothing exploded or got crazy and I was easily able to pull over and get out before it got out of control.

I'm not sure what started it, but I've had to tighten the power steering cap more than once as it would loosen up and leak a little. I'm just spit ballin here but honestly I have no clue what did it.







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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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Oh shit. That sucks.



Did you have the power steering pump cap secured in any way?
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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Holy cow!

That's insane, sorry about your car
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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Just reread. My bet would be the PS pump.
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:21 PM   #6
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Oh shit. That sucks.



Did you have the power steering pump cap secured in any way?
No, I was looking into that cap with a vent tube so it would stop coming loose. I wonder if that's what fucked me
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:22 PM   #7
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Just reread. My bet would be the PS pump.
Has this happened before?
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Has this happened before?


Uhm, yeah. Well known issue.
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:28 PM   #9
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Any remnants of the cap still being on the pump?
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 08:30 PM   #10
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Any remnants of the cap still being on the pump?
There was absolutely nothing left. If it wasn't super thick aluminum or steel, it was gone. Even the valve covers disappeared.
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To me (ex-firefighter) it looks like the center of combustion could have been near the PS pump. Look at the way the driver valve cover burned.
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Holly crap gizmo. That sucks glad your ok.
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To me (ex-csi ) it looks like the center of combustion could have been your x wife.
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Just reread. My bet would be the PS pump.
Yep. X2 unfortunately. Call chuck Tator and Jon B for help when the insurance company tries to screw you.
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That blows RIP
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WOW. Yes glad you're ok,and sorry about your car..
X2 on the Roe PS cap though..
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Dont worry. That shit'll buff right out.








Seriously though, sorry for the loss. ditto on Tator and Jonb. Their help could be the difference in a good settlement and a really bad settlement.
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Thanks for the tips on who to call guys. I'll be giving them a ring next week.
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Sorry about the car, but the important thing is that you got out in time and are unhurt.
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I'm so sorry to hear man. Glad your ok though.
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