Re: the fire problem with the cruise control cut off switch next to the brake master cylinder
On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 00:09:57 +0000 (UTC), "Simon H"
>"Weldon Wallick" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> This problem was in a local paper where F 150's have caught fire from
>> faulty cruise control cut off switches. They said the same switches
>> are in some Explorers such as my 2002.
>> The switch is 20 or so dollars.
>> My question: can I easily change the switch?
>> Concerns: that brake fluid might run out or air might get into the
>> brake system.
>How would you know that the new switch is less likely to spontaneously
>combust than the existing switch? It's taken them a good few years to figure
>out that there just might be the slightest possibility that an
>infinitessimally small fraction of all the switches ever fitted might
>possibly, just possibly if there's a 'R' in the month, there's a full moon
>and the wind is in the right direction, cause a fire. How good was the
>quality control in the factory that made the new switches?
>You need to weigh up those odds against the very real possibility of losing
>fluid, getting air or dirt in the lines by doing a DIY panic job and then
>having the previously good brakes fail on you just when you need 'em to
>avoid that big rig that just ran a red light...
>If it ain't broke, don't fix it....
This was from an article in the Tampa Tribune last Wednesday.
It claimed something like 550 fires and one fatality from a house fire
caused by the switch.
One Tampa resident parked their 150 in their drive. Twelve hours later
the 150 burst into flames. It was destroyed and scorched their minivan
They have started a class action law suit.
The people with the dead relative have done likewise.
I live in a four unit condo made of wood, etc. I keep my Explorer in
the garage. I don't want to be the source of some kind of disaster.