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Ford Explorer's are prone to fires without being on the beach. There was a recall back years ago on that model.


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Ford Explorer's are prone to fires without being on the beach. There was a recall back years ago on that model.

kr1276



There was a recall on this model, it had a plastics fitting that came off the transmission. By driving with out lowering you tire reassure it would heat up the transmission and ,melt that fitting and spray oil right on the transmission and you will get instant fire


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Not sure what's the relationship of airing down to this fire, Hallac likely just wanted to reemphasize an important point.

No doubt, beach driving stresses vehicle systems. Combine that with flammable liquids (trans and power steering fluid, fuel) and overheating/fires are more likely. Airing down is the single most important thing you can do to reduce the vehicle stress. Next is turning off traction control and taking it out of overdrive, and turning off air conditioning. Carry a fire extinguisher. Or two.


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Had a Jeep catch fire yesterday south of Dewey Beach.

That one has been shared all over the place on Social Media as well




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Not sure what's the relationship of airing down to this fire, Hallac likely just wanted to reemphasize an important point.

No doubt, beach driving stresses vehicle systems. Combine that with flammable liquids (trans and power steering fluid, fuel) and overheating/fires are more likely. Airing down is the single most important thing you can do to reduce the vehicle stress. Next is turning off traction control and taking it out of overdrive, and turning off air conditioning. Carry a fire extinguisher. Or two.

hatterasnc

Not airing down makes the tires have to push through the sand rather than just pull the vehicle over the sand because the tires don't float on the sands surface. That makes the transmission work harder , heat up quicker and when it overheats the trans fluid blows out the fill pipe at the back passenger side of the engine compartment and it then splashes down on the exhaust pipe and catalytic converter directly by it and it catches fire.
The Dodge durangos and Dakota pick up models were famous for blowing the plastic rear transmission seal right out on the beaches in the 90's and 2000's so much that Cape point Exxon kept them in stock at the shop because they would blow out from the pressure of driving in the sand so much.


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I used to have a 92 Explorer Sport that did just fine on southern Carolina beaches. It was lacking in ground clearance, but I never had a problem with it. I did over heat it once at Fort Fisher, but it was a 100+ degree day and I was young and stupid and ran the AC. No fire, but I learned AC and sand did not mix. No problems after that in the sand or mud. Ran slightly larger tires than stock.

I also had a 2000 Durango that was great in the soft sand as well as deep snow. I loved that truck and wouldn't hesitate to take it through just about anything.

The key is the tires and using the proper pressure. I have a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee right now and it's plenty capable, but it has 20" rims, so it's not as good in the sand as my Durango was. It does fine and with the air suspension has more ground clearance, but truth be told I felt better in my Durango. The GC is definitely better on the road and much more "fancy" with the tech.


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Most people don't think of this, but if your vehicle is over heating turn the heater on full blast. Anything that can carry the heat away from the coolant will help to lower the operating temperature of your motor. And that's exactly what your vehicle heater does through the heater core. (Did you ever wonder why the heater sucked in a VW Beetle? Because they didn't have a radiator...)


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(Did you ever wonder why the heater sucked in a VW Beetle? Because they didn't have a radiator...)

Squid Pro Quo


...and here all these years I blamed the hole that had rusted through the rear floor of my friend's sisters beetle for the chill in the air. She had a piece of cardboard over it. OMG smiley


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We had a '64 bug when I was in high school. And '67 Cutlass 2-door, but I digress.

The major problem with the bug's heater was that a 34 hp engine doesn't make much heat to begin with.
My 50" Toro zero turn has 24 hp and is almost as fast.


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(Did you ever wonder why the heater sucked in a VW Beetle? Because they didn't have a radiator...)

Squid Pro Quo


Nah smiley , bad heater box and/or not fully functioning flaps (which cause your feet to burn up). The former usually lasted about 6 months (OK, maybe 7) after new.

Nice Ovation! Knew the Kaman fam well; Steven was a band mate back in HS


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(Did you ever wonder why the heater sucked in a VW Beetle? Because they didn't have a radiator...)

Squid Pro Quo


Nah smiley , bad heater box and/or not fully functioning flaps (which cause your feet to burn up). The former usually lasted about 6 months (OK, maybe 7) after new.

Nice Ovation! Knew the Kaman fam well; Steven was a band mate back in HS

OceanBlue


Thanks, I still have a couple of old big bowl Ovations too. My Dad knew Charlie Kaman. Used to buy Sitka Spruce from them for propellers and helo rotors when he was stationed at the Wright Patterson AFB propeller lab. With composites getting used for rotors, etc. Kaman found a great use for their stands of Sitka Spruce for the face of their Ovation guitar line. (But you probably know all of that) I don't know where they grow the Lyrachord...


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