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Old 19 July 2004, 09:51   #1
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really scary fire moment!

guys, I recently bought this weekend a nice suzuki sj413 for towing my rib and a runaround

I had to get the the jeep recovered home from petersfield to portsmouth luckily I had breakdown recovory on my insurance Ė
Basically, heres wot happened after close inspection

The battery wasnít secured in place by any means, usaully a clamp or a bolt of some sort and rolled over when going round a roundabout in the engine bay, i didnt know this at the time until I saw smoke everywhere coming through the dash vents so I pulled over real quick - basically the ď+Ē positive terminal touched and welded itself to the inside of the bonnet and as a result with the whole car being ď-ď negativley charged with a positive connection stuck to it as well was warming up the whole thing and melted various few wires and cables, luckily I was in time to lift the bonnet to release the connection from the battery (huge hole in the bonnet now) had to put out small fire with jacket but anyway

it took out the throttle cable through the bulkhead,
The handbrake cable
And has screwed the clutch cable so I cant get it in gear now,

Iím having a mate look at it 2nite, hopefully thatís all it did was scary thought mate, the RAC bloke reckons I could have lost the whole car in flames had I not opened the bonnet and released the stuck battery terminal were it was welding itself too

Luckily Pleased it didnít go up, it could have been a lot worse,just ****ed I should have checked the battery was secure in the first place, just something I overlooked on this occasion -

hopefully you guys will check ur cars, and sort it if its not secure as I was properly bricking it
Olly
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Old 19 July 2004, 09:56   #2
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Thanks for the warning and glad your story had a happy(ish) ending.
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Old 19 July 2004, 09:59   #3
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thats okay, just didnt want anyone to make the same mistake I did, as it could have been really nasty -
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Old 19 July 2004, 12:02   #4
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Good advice.......

........I'll check my old bangers.

What about the insurance cover, if you tell 'em they might use it as a handle on getting out of paying you out ! Lie - Lie - Lie
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Old 20 July 2004, 05:09   #5
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Havent mentioned it to the insurance yet until I know the full extent of the damage I dont think I will to be honest as Im trying hard for my next no claims bonus , the more money i save on car insurance the better boat I can have !
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