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Old 06-19-2009, 12:19 AM   #1
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Warning: JK on fire....

Last year I read in this forum, somebody write there are several cases that the JK were burned. I assume that is not that bad... but now I beleive the JK really has problems....

JK's adversiment word: Close to nature... , the pronunciation in Chinese is "Automatically fired" ... That became truth.

Please pay attention to your JK and anybody can give me the thread that the JK on fire in U.S.A or other country, or any pictures?
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:21 AM   #2
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:23 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:25 AM   #4
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:52 AM   #5
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First of all you are showing pictures of the same two Jeeps over and over. And from what I could tell both Jeeps had a lot of custom accessories installed. (Lights, Winches, CB's etc.) So the fires could have easily been caused by faulty wiring that overheated during use. There is no proof in these pictures that there is a real danger or problem with the new Jeep. Honestly, I think this is poor and inaccurate information. And no, in the U.S. I have not heard of such problems. Carry a fire extinguisher, it works better then sand.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:09 AM   #6
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I agree with rob but ROB the sand does so well when it turns to glass lol!
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:28 AM   #7
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First of all you are showing pictures of the same two Jeeps over and over. And from what I could tell both Jeeps had a lot of custom accessories installed. (Lights, Winches, CB's etc.) So the fires could have easily been caused by faulty wiring that overheated during use. There is no proof in these pictures that there is a real danger or problem with the new Jeep. Honestly, I think this is poor and inaccurate information. And no, in the U.S. I have not heard of such problems. Carry a fire extinguisher, it works better then sand.


1. There are 4, if you read the picture carfully. One red 2 doors, one green 4 doors, one black 4 doors, one is night time on street, can not see the color..
2. The two door Sahara did not do any accessories installed.
3. I have readed there are several JK 2007 in burned in U.S.A. but now I can not remember where did I read it. I think somebady can give you proof in this thread.
4. I am a wrangler owner, one Rubicon two door, and one Sahara 4 doors. Now I am worrying...
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:58 AM   #8
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i don't think that you read that on this forum, JeepLi. i have not see a thread like that on here since i've been a member. and trust me, if someone would have posted a thread like that i would have read it. there are almost no threads that i don't read.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:14 AM   #9
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There have been reports of this on another forum. It happened to one of my neighbors co-workers a few months ago. From what I've read, an overheated transmission forcing fluid up the tube and into the engine compartment is the main suspet. Mostly occuring on auto 4 drs.
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There have been reports of this on another forum. It happened to one of my neighbors co-workers a few months ago. From what I've read, an overheated transmission forcing fluid up the tube and into the engine compartment is the main suspet. Mostly occuring on auto 4 drs.
That makes sense. Getting stuck in the sand could definitely heat up an automatic trans.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:08 AM   #11
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not to mention driving hard in the sand can really kick sand up into places that can cause serious damage. I would be that is what happened with those.
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Fit an extra transmission cooler & carry a fire extinguisher if you are concerned. There are probrably not that many cases of fires considering the amount of Jeeps in the world. Any car can catch on fire, so just take precautions
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1st any thing can catch on fire. Jeep, chevy, ford does not matter. Hell anybody recall the pinto? As for the pic's above, common theme's sand and sahara model's. That might mean something it might not.. Maybe all these folks are part of the same club and did all the same power mod and it came back to bite them.. who knows...
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Those painted fenders are a fire trap, man! I told them not to do it, but did they listen?! Now people are exploding all over...
Hah. I'm seeing these pictures from what I'd believe to be Mongolia? Am I wrong?
Anyway, if you're desert-running an automatic, you pretty damn sure should be running a trans cooler. Also, lack of time to cool down, and not keeping an eye on your vehicle (I'm SURE there were signs of trouble WELL before any fires started, but the owners ignored them) caused this. Just because your vehicle doesn't stop you from doing something stupid does not make it the vehicle's fault. Ask anyone who's driven into anything, off a cliff, etc. Mark W.
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Old 06-21-2009, 08:38 PM   #15
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There have been reports of this on another forum. It happened to one of my neighbors co-workers a few months ago. From what I've read, an overheated transmission forcing fluid up the tube and into the engine compartment is the main suspet. Mostly occuring on auto 4 drs.
Yes, this is reason!


And other poeple here take care! I know not every Sahara would catch fire, but when your Sahara fired that is 100% to you. I just want to give you all there a notice, but seems somebody think JK is 100% perfect, OK just ignore my words.
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And I would not be worrying either, that is what insurance is for.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:53 PM   #17
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Yes, I've heard of the heat/fire issue regarding the auto transmissions but if I remember correctly all reported vehicles were 07 JKU's and I fer sure know it specifically referenced those equipped with an automatic transmission.

As previously stated, the common theme in the OP's pics (except the night shots) is sand. I'll bet ya a dollar those that caught fire were playing hard in sand, in 4H, in high temps. A combination that would invite disaster.

Also noted, ANY vehicle can catch fire and many many do every day. That's why all off-roaders should tote a fire extinguisher. Not for your rig, YOUR BUDDIES
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Heck our 87 Thunderbird turbo coupe burned down to the ground in the bank parking lot idling in the Texas heat....

They prolly were running them too hard like everyone else said. I learned the first time I took mine out off roading that you should let it cool down every so often because hot engine + deep water = bad times. Hot sands + Hot engine = even more bad times!
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I read a report on engine bay fires in JK's a while ago. It had something to do with 4-door autotrans on non-US models --- there was a fluids line or wire harness that was routed differently and it rubbed somewhere. I really can't remember the details; there were photos of the offending line and it didn't pertain to my Jeep.
I think the author might've actually been in Greece; I'll try to remember where I read it.
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Jeeps catches on fire

I can also attest to the fact that they catch on fire. In September, my son purchased a new 4 door, hard top, 2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4 x 4. In his case, he had not added anything post factory. With only 3100 miles, it caught on fire while driving normally. Thankfully, he got out before it blew up. Jeep/Chrysler's response - no reason why it would have burned. REALLY!
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I had this same SCARE on my 63/67/87/93 corvettes, my Nissan Exterra and now this jeep--IT HAPPENS !!!

As said be a little aware of your Auto fluid LEVEL, if you can add an additional cooler (easy) and (as said) carry one, if not two fire extinguishers

You may have INSURANCE, but if you've put time and effort and PRIDE in your jeep----

PUT A FIRE OUT-QUICK, it'll save your work !!

I'm a little overboard I've got three (3) fire extinguishers, in different spots-just in case

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I can also attest to the fact that they catch on fire. In September, my son purchased a new 4 door, hard top, 2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4 x 4. In his case, he had not added anything post factory. With only 3100 miles, it caught on fire while driving normally. Thankfully, he got out before it blew up. Jeep/Chrysler's response - no reason why it would have burned. REALLY!
There is a recall pending on temperature sensors for units manufactured before 7/08.
I'd like to know more details about your son's unit and whether the incident was reported to the NHTSA.
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These JK Jeeps were not fitted with a transmission fluid temperature warning system. Transmission oil can overheat and in some cases will boil over. If the hot oil comes in contact with the hot exhaust system, then a fire could occur.

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