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post #1 of 26 Old 10-14-2005, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Broken BMW...

Public Service Announcement: Do not leave a torch and a bottle of acetylene gas in the back of your car. And please don't leave the valve cracked open and use your keyless entry system.
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She'd better have State Farm.

And then there's this asshole...
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While you're at it, you should probably think twice about using a plumber who drives a BMW to the job site...

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That should buff out with some honda polish...
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That should buff out with some honda polish...
haha. does that work on BMWs?

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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haha. does that work on BMWs?
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Works on my R1150 GS
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Re: Broken BMW...

Similar incidents happen at gas stations with cell phones and forms static electricity. But an explosion is pretty extreme.
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Similar incidents happen at gas stations with cell phones and forms static electricity. But an explosion is pretty extreme.
that was on "myth busters" not true

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that was on "myth busters" not true
And you believe the myth busters guys?

I watched a few of their shows and about 1/4th the time they have no clue as to what the causal mechanism is. Blowing things up was probably the worst. People smoke at the pump all the time too, but all it takes is the right conditions and you have an issue. Getting in and out of the car and creating static electricity is far more of an issue than the cell phones because of the energy level of the charge ... but not all cell phones are created equal, some being more of an issue.
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And you believe the myth busters guys?

I watched a few of their shows and about 1/4th the time they have no clue as to what the causal mechanism is. Blowing things up was probably the worst. People smoke at the pump all the time too, but all it takes is the right conditions and you have an issue. Getting in and out of the car and creating static electricity is far more of an issue than the cell phones because of the energy level of the charge ... but not all cell phones are created equal, some being more of an issue.
But you'd rather believe an Urban legend which has never actually happened.

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Anyone see the episode where they threw lit cigarettes into a pool of gas and NOTHING HAPPENED?

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Anyone see the episode where they threw lit cigarettes into a pool of gas and NOTHING HAPPENED?
Don't be stupid! They obviously didn't know how to throw it in correctly. Had they, it surely would've blown up the entire block. It happens all the time.

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Anyone see the episode where they threw lit cigarettes into a pool of gas and NOTHING HAPPENED?
Exactly what I was referring to earlier. They have a hard time getting gasoline to ignite with an open fire, and then they make claims that it must not be true.

From a long experience with gasoline and intrisic safety issues, if the fuel-air mixture is correct, it takes very little energy to ignite the mixture. There is the opportunity for little clouds of correct mixture when fueling, and there is potential for a hot spot (might be from some of the recalled batteries that have been in the public) to ignite said mixture. Chances are very small, but still there, especially if you have a plastic fuel tank and the filler neck ground is disconnected. I think there was at least 1 recall for that in the past too.

Personally, I wouldn't want to be the first person documented
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But you'd rather believe an Urban legend which has never actually happened.
Actually it happened here in Indianapolis about a month ago. Woman in a wool sweater caught her arm on fire while fueling her car. It was in the paper.
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Exactly what I was referring to earlier. They have a hard time getting gasoline to ignite with an open fire, and then they make claims that it must not be true.

From a long experience with gasoline and intrisic safety issues, if the fuel-air mixture is correct, it takes very little energy to ignite the mixture. There is the opportunity for little clouds of correct mixture when fueling, and there is potential for a hot spot (might be from some of the recalled batteries that have been in the public) to ignite said mixture. Chances are very small, but still there, especially if you have a plastic fuel tank and the filler neck ground is disconnected. I think there was at least 1 recall for that in the past too.

Personally, I wouldn't want to be the first person documented
Not to stir the pot or anything, but isn't it usually the gas fumes that catch fire before the gas itself? I was always taught that if I needed to do any welding on a gas tank it's better to work with a full tank of gas than an empty one.
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