A vehicle fire often leads to the totaling of the car. Fires are not as common as they used to be, but they can happen to any vehicle owner. Most drivers do not think twice about their engine. Yet, it is one of the most combustible areas of the vehicle.image of firefighters putting out car fire

This area, along with the fuel tank and exhaust system, can create a high-risk scenario for any driver. What should you do to avoid engine fires? Since no driver wants to file an auto insurance claim from this type of damage, it is best to take preventative maintenance steps when possible.

Regular Maintenance Is Essential

Vehicle manufacturers provide very specific guidelines on properly caring for a vehicle. Most vehicle owners do not read through these manuals. That can be a mistake. The manuals commonly list the need to service the vehicle frequently. Many manufacturers recommend a full service every 5,000 miles or every three to five months. This differs from one make and model to the next. Keep in mind that to maintain your warranty, you usually cannot skip maintenance.

The oil changes help to reduce fire risk. Also, it gives an experienced mechanic an opportunity to inspect your car. He or she will notice any damage to the engine. Most will make recommendations for engine care as needed. Additionally, you can ask your mechanic to look over the engine for any signs of damage or fire risk.

Always Pay Attention to Signs of Repair Needs

Many modern vehicles have technology that gives drivers insight into the vehicle's workings. It is always a good idea for vehicle owners to pay attention to these concerns.

  • If a check engine light comes on, stop driving the vehicle and call your mechanic.
  • If you notice any smoke or discharge from the exhaust or under the hood, pull over and call a mechanic.
  • Don't overlook any spills or oil stains on the surface under your car.
  • Pay attention to your gas usage. Sometimes, a vehicle will burn through gas faster if the engine is not working at its best.
  • Consider any loud sounds coming from the engine as a sign it needs repair.

Taking these steps helps prevent the need to file a car insurance claim for an engine fire. Don't overlook these signs. For more information on how your car insurance will cover engine fires, contact one of our agents at 661-322-1888 to review your policy.

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