2012 JEEP CAUGHT ON FIRE (Present and Future Owners, Please read)
Well, my heart has slowed down enough to tell my story. Yesterday 5/20/12 at around 9:20pm, which is 15mins before I leave for work. I wake up to my Mom, screaming "WHERES THE PHONE! OH MY GOD" I immediately hop out of bed hearing my Dad Yelling "JAKE, YOUR JEEP IS ON FIRE!" I run upstairs and look out the window to witness something, what could only happen in a dream....or so I thought. My 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport S with under 600 miles on it, is set a blaze. I couldn't believe my eyes. Since I was parked in between My moms 09 Jeep Patriot and my Dads 07 Dodge 2500 Long Horn Edition diesel truck, Not only was my vehicle on fire, but theirs as well. If my clutch hadn't give out from the flames, the fire could of caught our house on fire. Were lucky it burnt something out, which caused my car to roll down the driveway onto our lawn away from any future danger.
We currently have no information in regards to how the fire started. My family and I are all just as shocked and dumbfounded as you might be. We have no answers, only theories. My Jeep mechanically was perfect, everything ran smooth and perfect...once again, so I thought. Could this be an issue with the new Penstar motor, no idea, but it's possible. As a citizen and caring individual, I made this post, to warn you guys, and to alert anyone thinking about or presently owns a 2012 Wrangler. I will be updating this as soon as I know more. The second I find something out, It will be posted on here. Everyone, seriously be careful, I could of vary well have been in my Jeep had I have to leave for work earlier. I'm thankful everyone was alright. God Bless.
Here is a video I just put together. Since everyone was ok and no one got hurt, I felt a little humor was necessary to help take away some of the sorrow.
This is really weird, how can this happen if the car is not even running? Have you installed anything extra? Maybe a malfunctioning remote start? There is no proper explanation for that except… someone setting it on fire on purpose…
Wow, that sucks. I will be watching this. I am curious if the fire investigator found any sign of arson? That's difficult on a vehicle fire. My instinct says if the car sat for three hours, then ignited it's likely arson. Was the top down? Could somebody have driven by and flicked a cigarette in the Jeep igniting the seat?
Seems unlikely too...but strange it caught fire 3 hours after you drove it. Most electrical issues are caught by a fuse long before a fire could start. Most fires are related to flamable liquids in the engine bay. Your engine was almost cold after 3 hours. I'm stumped.
Good luck...can't wait to hear more on this one.
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Early 90's pontiac firebirds and Chevy camaros were famous for this. I'm sure the reason is not the same, but they would sit and smoulder for hours after something in the fuel system overheated and then burst into flames.
Was your automatic or standard?
How long had it been sitting since it was driven last, and how far was that last trip?
Did you anger someone that would want to retaliate against you?
It's good that everyone got out okay. Looks like insurance is going to pay off big time for you.
If this were an inherent problem with the pentastar engine, I'm sure we would have heard something about one of the thousands of Grand Cherokees and Town and Country vans that have used it for the past 4 or 5 years. It's got to be some kind of accessory, or person that you angered at some point doing it on purpose.
It will be interesting to see what they determine as the root cause...
Make a man a fire and you keep him warm for a day....Set a man on fire and you keep him warm for the rest of his life....
This is really weird, how can this happen if the car is not even running? Have you installed anything extra? Maybe a malfunctioning remote start? There is no proper explanation for that except someone setting it on fire on purpose
Electrical short could cause it and doesn't need to be running...
Good luck op. keep us posted.
Not sure it was from the transmission overheating or leaves accumulating and getting to hot if he was in bed sleeping and it was just before he was needing to get up to leave for work as the transmission and any leaves should have been cool from sitting for a few hours and not anything remotely hot. So, there must have been something else that was the cause.
I would like to know what the actual cause was whenever it is discovered.