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Hypothetical Question?

This is a hypothetical question.

Assume something electrical catches fire or is about to in your truck and you can't get the negative battery cable off. What is the next best thing to do besides for running?

What would you do?
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if something was smoking in my truck, i wouldn't do a darn thing.....being a firefighter, please do NOT try anything....the faster you call 911, the faster it gets put out....a truck can be replaced, you can't.....

now if you don't have full coverage, then if a wire is smoking and you cant get the battery cable off, then if you have something to drink, throw it on it to try and suppress the fire...
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why wouldnt you be able to take off the neg. cable?
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If it's a small gauge wire, what I did I had a wire start smoking going to a programable horn and I just grabbed it with my hand and yanked that joker out as quick as I could.
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if something was smoking in my truck, i wouldn't do a darn thing.....being a firefighter, please do NOT try anything....the faster you call 911, the faster it gets put out....a truck can be replaced, you can't.....

now if you don't have full coverage, then if a wire is smoking and you cant get the battery cable off, then if you have something to drink, throw it on it to try and suppress the fire...
"OMG my truck is smoking! It's a BOMB!". I guess if my engine was smoking or something, then you'd be right. But if my dash is smoking im not that worried. Definately get out though.


I have a fire extenguisher in my truck. If something starts smoking it's about to get some loving by Mr. Extinguisher.



Oh yah, "..." is bad english and shouldn't be used.
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"OMG my truck is smoking! It's a BOMB!". I guess if my engine was smoking or something, then you'd be right. But if my dash is smoking im not that worried. Definately get out though.


I have a fire extenguisher in my truck. If something starts smoking it's about to get some loving by Mr. Extinguisher.



Oh yah, "..." is bad english and shouldn't be used.
shoot...if my truck was smoking, under the dash or not, i would get out and watch her burn.....i would probalby wait a few minutes to call the fire department so it wouldn't be fixable..................................
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BTW Aaron: im should be spelled I'm not im....
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I have a fire extenguisher in my truck. If something starts smoking it's about to get some loving by Mr. Extinguisher.


yep same here its cheap and can save you tons of work and cash you've put into your truck.
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can save you tons of work and cash you've put into your truck.
not me.....i have a $17,000 rider on my truck through my insurance company on my truck.....
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Keep a fire extinguisher and a pair of heavy wire cutters in the cab.
And ONLY if it's safe to do: cut the negative battery cable first and then use the extinguisher.
...Terry
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i have liability dont need much else

id only insure a car fully if it was new and besides i think you have to anyways?
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id only insure a car fully if it was new and besides i think you have to anyways?
if a car is new and under a loan, then yes most loan institutions require full coverage.....

with the amount of money i have in my truck, no less than full coverage....
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If it's a small gauge wire, what I did I had a wire start smoking going to a programable horn and I just grabbed it with my hand and yanked that joker out as quick as I could.
i was wiring up LEDS and i crossed on somewhere, went inside to get something, came out to the garage to see my truck full of smoke and i did the same thing... i had a burn down my palm from the bare wire for a good while....

id try to put it out unless it just got way out of control then id give up and let the FD do its job
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[QUOTE=lifted97ranger]BTW Aaron: im should be spelled I'm not im....[/QUOTE

Nah I meant "im" as in "instant message". It's slang that I would im Ranger_Intercepter(andy) pics so he could post em on r-f.
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my friends old dodge (late 70's model) battery was held down by a bungee cord. well we were tooling around, suddenly after a sharp incline, we saw smoke. he lifted the hood and the battery had fallen over and was lying against the headers. the wiring was starting to flame... being a jackass, i told my other friend to "blow it out" to which he tried... the guy who owns the truck was laughing his *** off watching this. he then reached down, took some sand and smothered the fire. the only damage was the positive cable to the battery was shot. it was replaced.
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why wouldnt you be able to take off the neg. cable?
Possibly no tools on hand or no tools that are easy to get to.


I have full coverage but it's a 97 so it's not worth that much. So I don't think I could afford to watch it burn unless it was in my garage then I could because the garage and the contents are insured for mucho money.

Isn't there any other way to cut the power besides for disconnecting the battery? Anyone have a inline battery disconnect or the quick disconects on the battery?
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Gosh, Id rather not think of my truck catching fire.. Ive already had 2 electrical problems. First was the coil pack had a hole in it and was arching. The mechanics at the dealership were surprised that my truck hadn't caught fire cause of that. Then my turn signal switch would smoke sometimes. Had that replaced.

Scares me to think of a fire in my truck. Id probably just run and call the FD. Hopefully insurance would take care of it..
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One, install a quick disconnect on your battery.

Two, install a race car halon system.

Both should be accessible from the drivers seat.


That is if you want the least amount of damaged done. Or really love your truck.

If my truck catches fire im gonna jump on hood and **** on it, call 911, and start walking.
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