cruzad3r wrote: ↑
Sat May 16, 2020 7:54 pm
Just some thoughts.
1- Go find the root cause of your fire. Maybe some pictures of the engine bay if you want folks here to help. Also maybe provide a history of the car. Many folks here own their cars for years/decade and non caught on fire yet - at least none have reported and that I've seen here.
2- When you doused the fire, I'm assuming you're using extinguisher. I would go back and focus on that area and see if you can trace it. Also see if the surrounding components are burned or affected. Not sure how it's a large fire and yet only the alternator is affected.
Good luck. You will find most here are eager to help, but to do so we'll need additional facts.
Extinguisher was not used. The alternator definitely was the source of the fire in some way or another, but it appears that either power steering fluid or oil was spilled on it but i cant discern which. Currently im looking to refurbish the burnt alternator since it tested dead. I definitely need to determine the source of the leak, and a friend told me i need to trace the connections inside the car but honestly I have no clue how to do that. I am experienced with soldering but ive got to replace the connector that plugs into the alternator, and im not sure if I need to solder or just crimp and twist it.
*edit- There was very little visible burn damage. Im assuming the fire started and melted some wire and shorted the alternator but I cant know for sure. I need to learn how to trace the wires for the short and also how to locate that leak. I was told it could be from the power steering pump or a "cover valve" referring to oil in some way.