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Old 04-09-2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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So I had a customer last week who said her late 90'* Grand AM (I think 199 caught on fire due to the fact that she put in "regular green" coolant. Is this type of fire common when not using dexcool?
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No. Coolant, no matter what kind you put in will not cause a fire. The only way possible I could see anything like that happening is if she used gas instead of coolant
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hahaha! Well I'd hope she didn't do that! She told me the fire was concluded to be a result of wrong coolant. I'm guessing the insurance companies would check this out and make a decision.
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That'* gotta be the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a month.
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That'* gotta be the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a month.
most sense i can make of it is the cooling passages became so blocked the engin overheated and someone else failed... but still, to say coolend burnt the car???


kind of an oxymoron.
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That'* gotta be the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a month.
Might be longer than a month for me. Thats simple insanity.
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It didn't make sense to me either, that'* why I'm bringing it up.


Wouldn't be the first customer I had that committed insurance fraud and burned their car.
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DEX would be far more likely to cause ANY problem with coolant than the green stuff.
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You know that nasty orange sludge we've seen a few times? That'* what happens when you mix green stuff with Dex, every time (We all probably know, but I'm making sure). If she poured in the green stuff, it turned the coolant to that sludge, and the engine overheated. Something was left to boil, and smoke started coming out of the engine area. That'* what she calls a fire.

So, from the way I see it, the thing she told you about actually happened, but there really wasn't a "fire."
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Perhaps she put in the wrong blinker fluid? I hear that starts fires too
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