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(The Drive)   Today's EV recall where owners are told to park outdoors and run away brought to you by BMW and a Samsung battery subsidiary   (thedrive.com) divider line
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516 clicks; posted to STEM » on 01 Aug 2022 at 11:30 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-02 12:15:53 AM  
Tell me about it. :-(

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And a month after new tires and new plugs, coils, and a water pump.
 
2022-08-02 12:38:38 AM  
I know. Not an EV. But it was an electrical fire while stone cold. I am beginning to wonder if Lucas is a secret division of BMW.
 
2022-08-02 1:40:06 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Tell me about it. :-(

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And a month after new tires and new plugs, coils, and a water pump.


That is impressive. I have not had much experience with vehicle fires. But I was in a 68 Pontiac in downtown Denver just chilling and listening to the radio when it caught on fire. It was the early 1970s and right outside of the main UC Denver building, so soon there was a crowd of helpful people in fros and jean jackets, and one with a fire extinguisher. The problem seemed to be carburetor or hose related. Being a 68 Pontiac, there was not a lot of damage. It was running around that night.

The most spectacular one is a perennial sight. People come out of the Eisenhower tunnel and come roaring down I 70 and make it just fine most of the time, but there is always that guy who spends too much time standing on the brakes. They catch fire, and the wheels catch fire, and pretty soon it is a chariot of fire. In most cases, the vehicle eventually stops. Everyone piles out, and then the whole car melts. I would be surprised if it did not happen 10 times a year.

You just don't expect it, and usually by the time you have smoke, it is way too late.
 
2022-08-02 1:55:28 AM  
BMW mystery fires: Parked cars have burst into flames
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2022-08-02 3:41:47 AM  
This sounds more like a Samsung problem, than a BMW problem.
 
2022-08-02 6:05:32 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: I know. Not an EV. But it was an electrical fire while stone cold. I am beginning to wonder if Lucas is a secret division of BMW.


Dare you make reference to The Prince of Darkness?...
 
2022-08-02 7:00:36 AM  
I assume the BMW owners didn't subscribe to the monthly "don't burst into flames" service? They got the heated seats for free though, so that's nice.
 
2022-08-02 8:55:21 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Tell me about it. :-(

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And a month after new tires and new plugs, coils, and a water pump.


My only experience with a vehicle fire was when the car parked next to mine caught fire.  The driver had pulled into the lot because of smoke and naturally opened the hood!  I put my clothes (laundromat) in my car, pulled out the fire extinguisher and hosed down the engine.  Then I got in my car and drove away. Navy damage control training paid off.
 
2022-08-02 9:13:19 AM  
I like that vehicle construction is so precisely documented nowadays that they know the exact number of vehicles with the defect to recall. There have been other recalls (Mitsubishi, Ram, Bentley, and Rolls Royce) where exactly 1 unit has been recalled, but for just a handful of vehicles this is pretty good. Sure beats GM who spent time dithering over how many Bolts to recall before deciding the right thing to do is recall all of them.
 
2022-08-02 1:58:58 PM  
I once had a 1971 MGB. These cars had insane wiper systems with a motor driving a crosshead attached to a stiff cable running in tube segments.  The cable had an outer single cord wrapped around it. At the bottom of each wiper spindle, a gear was attached with a helical concave pattern that matched the cable helix.

So the crosshead would pull the cable in and out, causing the wiper spindles to rotate in a back and forth arc to move the wiper blades back and forth.

A rather clever system but that in practice had so much friction, that the only wiper speed available was Too Slow.

Anyway, one of the spindle nuts came off and dropped the entire spindle unit through the sheet metal into behind the dash. So I had to pull the entire dash off, which I did.

This exposed the main wiring harness attached to the interior side of the firewall, all wrapped up in blue tape.

Except for the melted green trench, running the entire length of the harness, at the bottom of which was a single bare wire that had been exposed for so long, it was green with patina.

They had decided not to fuse the electric overdrive switch circuit, because what could possibly go wrong?
 
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