Re: Do u have a fire extinguisher/first aid kit in ur 147/156?
I have had to put out a fire in the engine compartment of a 4 x 4. It was quite amusing really.
I saw a car heading towards me with flames and smoke coming from the driver side wheel and going down the side of the car, the lady driving had not noticed.
I managed to pull infront of her causing her to stop and as soon as she stopped the flames were going upwards and she realised why I had made her stop.
She jumped out the car and ran away from it as quickly as possible, thats when I noticed there were 4 kids in the back. I shouted to her that we should get her kids out. She shouted back from across the street, they are not my kids !!! So it was left to me to get them out.
Anyway, they are out and safe and myself and another motorist went into a few of the local shops and asked if we could use there extinguishers. They only had water ones and it took 2 of the big red extinguishers to put the fire out.
Turns out it was a bit of fiberous material or something that had flipped off the road and got caught in the brakes and caused the fire.
Anyway, back to my point, you need a lot of water to put out an engine fire, this was only a small fire in comparison to some.
Also AFFF is probably the best thing to use in your engine as it coats and cools, removing 2 elements of the fire triangle. Also Powder will ruin any electrical componant in your car as the small amount of powder will get into them and attract moisture over time. You think everything is ok for a few months after and then find out afterwards that the moisture is causing all sorts of faults.