Auto specialists are sure that the driver is not always to blame for a vehicle fire. There are many reasons that the owners do not even know about.
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A fire in the vehicle may result from a defective assembly. An example is Audi, which had to withdraw its A4, A5, A6 and Q5 models from the market in the summer because there was a possibility of moisture entering the 48-volt starter generator. This omission could lead to overheating, which, in turn, could lead to a fire in the vehicle.
Toyota also suffered losses, recalling 82,641 vehicles, including Toyota RAV4, Highlander, Land Cruiser Prado and Lexus RX. They revealed a defect in the heated windshield washer nozzles, which appeared as a result of improper installation of the seal that holds the heating element. In this situation, over time, the structure begins to be damaged, and melt water and snow seeps inside, which can cause a short circuit.
Another source of ignition is often low-quality brake pads from a dubious manufacturer. During hard braking into the floor, the friction pads, made of unknown material, heat up so much that they ignite. And if at this moment the vehicle is not in motion, fire is able to engulf the tires and brake hoses.
To make the car easier to start up in winter, owners often resort to using starting fluids, rarely reading the instructions. It warns that if too much substance is poured into the intake tract of the power unit, a flash may occur, after which the engine compartment will begin to blaze.
Damage to a vehicle is often the result of the intervention of “left-handed” masters in a car service, who replace a blown fuse with one that is more powerful. Because of this, heated wires begin to melt the insulation, and it can catch fire.