Wednesday, December 07, 2022

A hot exhaust ignites the fire!

Be careful when parking: Catalytic converters have temperatures up to 300°C

A hot exhaust ignites the fire!

In the currently dry season, caution is advised when parking. Because hot catalytic converters and exhaust tailpipes can set fire to dry grass or bushes. Watch tells you what to look for.

Shocking picture! 15 years ago, 47 cars burned down on a farm outside Frauenfeld. A thick plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, causing property damage worth about one million Swiss francs.

The cause of the fire was a constellation of coincidences. The harvested corn field served as a parking lot for the open air Frauenfeld 2007. A small car was parked in the groove of the tractor tracks. Therefore, the hot catalyst was close to the dry stubble of straw and could ignite them. And: The smaller car didn’t have a heat shield for the 300-degree catalytic converter. The Thurgau Canton Police investigation showed that the straw caught fire at 270 degrees.

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