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Caught my junk on fire...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tRustyK5, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Was invited on a club run today with a club I'm interested in joining. So I took my daughter with me and headed out first thing this morning. We were headed to a place I'd been a half dozen times before...

    Anyways, about 20 minutes from the trailhead on the FSR we were on I thought I saw smoke from under the hood. 10 seconds later I had flames and smoke pouring out from between the hood and the front fender on the passenger side. I immediately hit the brakes, got it to the side and shut it down. By the time I got the hood open the flames had almost died out...

    Initially I thought the battery had broken loose and shorted, but it turned out I blew an engine oil cooler line about 4" from the rad. Looks like a worn battery cable had arced out on the line some time in the past, and it just finally blew. :doah:

    Damage was actually really minimal, scorched the stickers on top of the passenger battery, and a slight bit of melting on the shroud...and about a quart and a half of oil puked all over the engine bay, core support and my front brakes on the passenger side.

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    Funny how it pulls to the left now when I'm braking...:rolleyes:

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    A well lubed spring and shock...

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    The culprit, and the solution that got us home.

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    The aluminum line with the black stuff on it is the cooler line that let go. The solution was a smearing of JB weld over the pinholes covered with two layers of heat shrink tube. Many thanks to tpi_boy :bow: :bow: I found out just before turning back that Jason was a CK5er.

    Anyways, good people...sucky day though. Both my battery trays are busted too. :doah:

    Rene
     
  2. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

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    Nice solution! At least now the pass. side won't rust.... lol
     
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    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    so many post titles are missleading if you dont read the forum there in... lol glad there wasn't too much damage though!
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    That right there is the best part. It could have bene a really bad day.
     
  5. derek840378

    derek840378 Registered Member

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    x2. when he said he caught his "junk on fire", i wasnt thinking blazer!
     
  6. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Glad it turned out ok and nobody was hurt including the K5. Mine usually has that much oil leaking out of it.:D Crate engine is in the garage though.
     
  7. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Are you extinguisher equipped? Finally got one in mine a couple weeks ago...
     
  8. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    No, I was very ill equipped today...

    That is going to change.

    Rene
     
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    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    Derek and Branndon, don't you guys call yours "junk"?
     
  10. Skigirl

    Skigirl 1/2 ton status

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    Clever fix Rene. If that woulda happened to me I'd still be sitting there cryin like a little girl. And as if I didn't already carry enuf stuff around with me (so clever guys like you can fix my junk)...*note to self - add heat shrink to my things-for-clever-guys-to-use-to-fix-my-junk kit*

    Glad it was only minor. Would have hated to see your rig all messed up. I love that truck. Excitement for your daughter tho!
     
  11. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    is it just me or would it have made more sense to install the oil cooler on the driver side tank and the atf cooler on the passanger side tank from the factory?

    :doah: thats right thay dont think like that . thay are paid big money to be stupid. :rolleyes:


    glad you didnt loose your rig or any major damage or peronal health problems .
     
  12. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Kind of what I was thinking. Was beginning to wonder why lounge material was in the garage. :doah:
     
  13. tRustyK5

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    No tranny cooler on my rad. It does seem stupid to put the oil cooler ports as far away as possible though...

    At least the fire pretty much died out as soon as i shut it off. I'm still not 100% sure what ignited the oil. No signs of any shorting anywhere near the battery, and the exhaust wasn't sprayed at all.

    My daughter was pretty freaked out, she didn't want to get anywhere near my truck for quite a while. i guess she thought it was going to explode like on TV or something. :haha:

    Rene
     
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    Glad you weren't hurt. Good thing it wasn't a fuel fire.
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    engine oil...diesel fuel, not much difference. :D

    Rene
     
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    Glad everyone and T are ok!!! That coud've turned out alot worse if you hadn't noticed it for a while!!

    And I agree, the title is misleading. :haha:
     
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    at least your still here with K% intact and able to run, I don't see anything a good steam cleaning won't fix!:D
     
  18. diesel4me

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    Source of ignition...?

    On a diesel,I'd think it'd be hard(er) to ignite a fuel or oil spill--no spark plug wires,coil,or other sources of ignition..my 6.2's exhaust manifolds dont feel "hot" like a gas motors are,so even they would be less likely to ignite something..I'd guess your battery cable arced and lit things off,or the oil squirted into the altenator..I've had the brushes in an alternator ignite carb cleaner when I was not careful where I aimed it!..:eek1:

    Glad you had only minimal damage!..your luckier than I am...if it were MY truck,I'd be watering down the ashes probably...and calling my insurance company...:doah:
     
  19. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    My atf went up pretty fast... ask big83chevy4x4 about it :) A few singed plug wires and a few new vacuum lines, and I was up and going again :thumb:
     
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    And you have the voice of your latest experiance to guide you.
    Glad it turned out not too bad. Fire always gets my heart pumping high volume.
    -Cary
     

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