Another Winter Impelled Shortcut to Resist: Burning Briquettes Under the Engine Block

… to pre-heat the engine oil (even if it is insanely cold out).

Here’s one way not to try and start your vehicle in cold weather: Don’t place burning charcoal briquettes under the engine.
Workers at the Summit County Landfill found out the hard way Tuesday morning as temperatures were in the minus double digits.
The workers wanted to warm the oil pan of a semi-tractor and put a pan of burning charcoal under the truck. The plan worked too well at heating the engine and caught the truck on fire, said Lake Dillon Fire/Rescue spokesman Steve Lipsher
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the truck engine was heavily damaged.

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michael
michael
10 years ago

You can’t do that? uh oh, got to go….

GeorgeH
GeorgeH
10 years ago

It sounds like another candidate for a Darwin award.

Bill
Bill
10 years ago

The names of the geniuses involved aren’t mentioned, but something tells me that they could only have been Chafee and Trainor.

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
10 years ago

For those who don’t know, diesels are rarely shut off at that temperature. Ask anyone with a Mercedes diesel who forgot to add the kerosene.

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