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Old 12-25-2002, 05:31   #1 (permalink)
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VY's Catching Fire

Anyone else heard about this LITTLE problem before?

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Old 12-25-2002, 05:38   #2 (permalink)
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I really feel sorry for that guy i hope he had insurance!
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Old 12-25-2002, 13:42   #3 (permalink)
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Glad they're OK. Cars are replacable but people aren't. I guess there will be no doubt in his mind which car to get next.
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Hmmmm scary stuff, though us Ford Owners should be a little wary as well.

My Bosses AU's (Series 1 - Smartsheild) Passenger headlamp assy caught alight a couple of days ago.
Luckily, we all carry extinguishes, and put the fire out before any serious damage occured.
It burnt the Headlight, singed the paint on the Bonnet, and the Fender, and Melted the Headlight wiring assy. (Passenger side)

We took the car back to Ford, and they said the All AUI Models were subject to a recall, that replaced the Park Lamp Bulb holder, as the connections on the Bulb Holder "Can" short each other out.
The wiring on the Park Lamps is a small guage, and didnt blow the fuse, but rather heated up to a point, where the Insulation had melted off from the Bulb holder, up to the rubber grommet on the Headlamp.
Unfortunately, the hot plastic insulation started a little fire, that soon turned in to a bit of an emergency !

Anyway, we went to a couple of wreckers, to try and source some new bits (After purchasing 2 New Headlamp Wiring Looms) and 1 wrecker has 3 Burnt out AU's - The wrecker didnt know the cause of the fire, and assumed that they were insurance jobs.

ANYWAY - My point to this story is ALL AU Owners should check their Park Bulb Holders, to see if they are the new style.
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My point here is not to flame Ford, or their policy - Hell Im their biggest fan, but I would want to know this information if it applied to the EF,EL's

P.S. Ill post some pics up later on the new Park Lamps Bulb Holder, as well as the damage caused.

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Very useful information Xyphoid.

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Old 12-26-2002, 03:42   #6 (permalink)
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Shocking stuff. I must admit I've heard of many Commodores and Falcons of different ages catching fire. What can happen will happen I suppose.
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i did see a VX commo with the front burned up on the way home from the coast one day, but it had also hit a wall so i think that may have been a contributing factor

hmm, i think the mechanic who did the pre-delivery on the VY will get his ass kicked big time for not checking the car properly, i hope for his sake that it wasnt anything that he could have prevented, and im glad it wasnt me!

i already have a fire extinguisher in my car, im not taking chances!
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ANYWAY - My point to this story is ALL AU Owners should check their Park Bulb Holders, to see if they are the new style.
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Any idea if this affects AU3s? And link/info for the recall???
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I've seen heaps of burnt commodes on flat top trucks. i guess its not all that uncommon. I guess its what happens when you employ juvenile criminals to be auto electricians. A relaitive in adelaide was offered a job in the Holden factory or face going to one of those detention centres.
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I really feel sorry for that guy i hope he had insurance!
He wouldnt need insurance. Just call channel seven to interview him about what happen, and old Holden would be more than happy to lick his ass infront of the camera. Otherwise, they wouldnt even bother.
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