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Old 04-19-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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I have been going over my truggy pretty heavily the last week to get it ready for the outdoor season. Today I decided to give the motor a quick cleaning. I took the motor into the kitchen and was spraying it down with motor cleaner over the sink (which was working good!) until the whole thing erupted into a huge fireball in my hands! Turns out there was a lit candle off to the side and the fumes from the cleaner must have ignited. Ended up singing all the hair off my left arm and some of the hair above my ear. Got some minor burns on my arm also. I had to use an extinguisher to put the fire out, so now we (wife, daughter, and I) are cleaning the kitchen.

I think the motor is OK...the air filter assembly melted down and the carb boot looks a little distorted also. I'll probably check the carb over pretty good to make sure nothing else that was plastic got damaged.

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Old 04-19-2014, 05:16 PM   #2
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I have been going over my truggy pretty heavily the last week to get it ready for the outdoor season. Today I decided to give the motor a quick cleaning. I took the motor into the kitchen and was spraying it down with motor cleaner over the sink (which was working good!) until the whole thing erupted into a huge fireball in my hands! Turns out there was a lit candle off to the side and the fumes from the cleaner must have ignited. Ended up singing all the hair off my left arm and some of the hair above my ear. Got some minor burns on my arm also. I had to use an extinguisher to put the fire out, so now we (wife, daughter, and I) are cleaning the kitchen.

I think the motor is OK...the air filter assembly melted down and the carb boot looks a little distorted also. I'll probably check the carb over pretty good to make sure nothing else that was plastic got damaged.

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Um... glad you are ok...
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Um... glad you are ok...
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The kitchen is already cleaned up...there was extinguisher powder all over the counters and such...I'll get a pic of the motor up before I clean it.
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Your well enough to start this thread...good deal...

You finally figured out that the warning "do not use near open flame" wasn't just something they decided to put on the can for giggles....but then again, reading this made me giggle so maybe it was put on the can for giggles...
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:37 PM   #6
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Your well enough to start this thread...good deal...

You finally figured out that the warning "do not use near open flame" wasn't just something they decided to put on the can for giggles....but then again, reading this made me giggle so maybe it was put on the can for giggles...
I know the stuff is flammable...but I kinda assumed that there would not be a candle lit in the house during daylight hours...so I never even thought to look for one. When we have safety training at work they always stress about being safe at home also and since "nobody" is watching we kinda take a lot more for granted. So true...
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Glad to hear your ok. Bet that'll never happen again. As for the motor,check any and all plastic or rubber pieces like o-rings. Good luck!
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I was "cleaning" spark plugs in the garage and somehow lit a pan of gasoline on fire , being a total dumbazz I shot the extinguisher right at the pan from about 5 feet...... oh yea....... FLAMING GAS ALL OVER THE BENCH AND WALL......
thankfully it was winter so I used snow to put out the fire. Smoke damage only.
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Here's the pic of the motor:
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