Car caught on fire from under the hood...

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  1. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Just a question...my mother bought a 2001 Ford Focus in 2002, the same year there was a recall due to faulty battery cable wiring. She did not recieve notice of this recall I don't believe. If she did, that is the recall where she took it to the local dealership and they 'fixed it' so now today...it caught on fire and brned up everything under the hood. The motor and battery is melted. What can she do? She did not have car insurance, they had to drop it so they could make their house payment. It caught fire in the garage and would have set the whole house on fire had it not been for Pop holding the hose on it until the fire department got there. Anyway, I doubt seriously homeowners will cover, but what about the recall? Does she have any rights to a claim? The frie department said they couldn't even tell where the fire started it melted everything so bad. I don't know how to advise her to pursue anything as I have never had this issue myself. Any ideas?
     
  2. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    It's a Ford, the cause has to be the cruise control wire that overheats and burns up the vehicle. It happened to us with our F150 at a gas station. I don't know if you have a claim, our insurance did eventually reimburse us for our deductible, which I think was $500. Good luck, I certainly feel your pain.
     
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:Sigh...I don't know what to tell her. I feel so bad for her!!! I guess she needs to call the Ford place and see what they say tomorrow.
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    We just got a notice about our 2000 Ford Explorer for what sounds like the same issue. We're already in a big insurance thing over a minor wreck so this new issue will just have to wait a bit. Cross your fingers that the darn thing doesn't blow up in the driveway or something [​IMG]

    If it's not one thing it's another, with all the Toyota issues and constant recalls, and not to mention airbags in everything....

    I swear, I'm NEVER ever retiring my 1992 Ranger --- I'm afraid of new cars!!!!!!!
     
  5. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:x2!!!
     
  6. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just a head's up, our Dodge Intrepid caught on fire, nice explosion when it hit the gas tank... and the fire chief says it was due to "Unexplained Electrical Malfunction Originating In The Glove Compartment"... in other words the wires where funky and blew up the car.

    Told my Dad about that and he said "Ahhh well that explains the odd noises I've been hearing from Sus's (stepmom's) car"... they promptly sold theirs.

    I will never never buy another Intrepid... and I'll never by a 1st year anything... the nightmare my SIL went through with her Stratus... EVERYTHING went wrong... 1st year, actually first couple years, are guinea pigs. That's when they find all the bugs in real world testing.

    Also, Ford Taurus/Mercury Sables have HORRIBLE transmissions. In the BEST of circumstances you'll only have to replace it every 30,000 miles. We've had one of each and BOTH had this problem. FIL's friend had one and didn't mind replacing it every 30k, but for those of us on a budget that sucks rocks. Oh, and the shocks are a pain in the butt to replace.

    Thus ends Piney's Words Of Road Wisdom.
     
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    My best friend's Ford Ranger self combusted in the middle of the night...totally destroyed and the fire actually melted the (other vehicle parked nearby) bumper and rear tires/ She had gotten one recall notice for a clutch assemly problem and took it in but never got the one for the electrical issue which caused the fire and destruction of the truck. Ford had to pay for BOTH vehicles. The homeowners insurance for the other cehicle covered it and they were reimbursed for the damage to the car. Her truck insurance would have covered it if Ford did not. She just stuck to her guns and made Ford pay for the vehicle....

    Dropping her auto insurance was a big mistake...in most states it is legally required ot operate the vehicle. She could have some serious problems coming her way sadly. Good luck Cindiloohoo.
     
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:My dad has one of those kinds of issues. It's a Chrystler-something 4-door car. He has put 2 (albit, used) trannys in it in the past couple of years. It's a known problem, which is why he got the car on the cheap coz he was willing to put in some labor [​IMG]
     
  9. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Quote:I'm sorry, I swear I'm not picking on you. I miss my Mercury Sable SO badly. It was an awesome car. Had over 150,000 miles on it. V6, LS, automatic everything. I miss it. It was built like a tank. It was a 1996, so maybe that was the difference? I've only had two cars, but if you wanted comfort and safety, my Mercury was AWESOME. Had I been in my Aveo in the wreck, I would not be here today. My Mercury actually survived the wreck and lived to tell the tale. Here's what she looked like (not my car), my blue bubble:
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    If I could have, I would have kept that car forever.
     
  10. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Quote:I'd contact Ford about it, since they knew about the recall. Maybe call the place that supposedly "fixed" the issue and tell them that your car combusted?

    That sucks about your mom's car... [​IMG]
     

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