68autobug

Here is a pic of something We all dread...

 

a burning beetle... pic taken 5PM 29th November 2006.

The fire fed by fuel from the gas tank...

 

These far too common VW fires are usually caused  by :

 

1: a fuel filter has been added between carby and fuel pump, and the filter, full of fuel, and not attached to anything,[ like a bracket..] eventually pulls either the copper feed pipe out of the carburetor or the fuel pump..

the fuel spills onto the Very hot exhaust and You have a Major VW fire...

 

2: the rubber fuel hoses are too old and have cracks in them, and finally, one splits open and spills fuel onto the very hot exhaust...

 

3: no hose clamps on the rubber hoses and the hose comes off... this is probably rare... depending on how tight the hose fits... onto the carburetor and fuel pump...

 

If Your engine suddenly bursts into flames, if you act quick enough you may be able to save it...

the fire is fed by Gasoline , so the hose from the gas tank needs to be pulled off the pipe going into the chassis, and bent over and a cable tie put over the hose to close off the fuel... alternately, stick a screwdriver up the fuel hose to stop the Gas..

doesn't really matter if it leaks slightly...

so long as you stop the fuel going to the engine... and the fire...

Once you have succeeded in doing this, You can extinguish the fire with Your Fire Extinguisher...

 

Its not going to be easy to disconnect the gas tank hose and bend the fuel line over... or stick a Philips head screwdriver up the hose.. etc...  but it could save your Beetle.

 

The early beetles, that had the fuel tap lever under the dash,

You just turn the lever so its halfway between Vertical and horizontal.. 45 degrees..  and the Gas is shut off...

 

Maybe We all should add a gas tap to Our beetles...

an electrical shut off valve would be good....

I haven't actually seen one... but they would be available...

 

cheers

 

Lee Noonan - 68AutoBug - Australia -

 

PS: My fuel filter is under My gas tank... not in the engine bay

 

 

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dods1600

Well Lee, you have succeeded in giving me nightmares.

1600cc biggest most powerful engine for a stock beetle. Power house!:) Smokes the tires in first in the rain
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68autobug

Sorry,

I didn't mean to scare anyone....  

but it IS a big problem in Australia...

and its not just Beetles but also type 2s , maybe the ones with engines the same as the beetles...??

I don't suppose anyone has any numbers of how many burn each year,

but I do hear of it happening every year....

Just wondering whether its a problem in other countries?

It normally happens in Our summer...

whether that is a coincidence or not, I'm not sure...

 

I just hope it doesn't happen to anyone on here...

 

Also, apoligies for the large size of that Photo, I forgot to resize its resolution

 

cheers

 

Lee Noonan - 68Autobug - Australia -

 

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bumblebee73

not a big problem around here in virginia, but every time i change the oil at my work , i look over all the fuel line under the car while it is in the air. and inspect the fuel lines and clamps. it is cheaper to replace a rubber fuel line and clamps than a car.

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