<VV> Engine compartment sound insulation - fire?
dkdewald at pasty.net
Sat May 4 10:39:43 EDT 2013
On 5/04/2013 01:12, J R Read wrote:
> I saw a "show" car recently (2 weeks or so ago) which had black carpeting -
> all trimmed to fit and lacing (leather - vinyl?) around the edge located
> inside the engine lid where the insulation belongs. That gave me yet
> another perspective - since black absorbs heat - and caused me to have
> further thought on this very subject.
Carpeting on the engine lid might do a better job of absorbing sound
than the original fiberglass pad. I would worry about it possibly
melting during heat soak after a long drive on a hot day. The color
would not make much difference.
> Yes, some owners have eliminated (and maybe a 500 never had?) the factory
LM 500 models were not fitted from the factory with engine compartment
> So, I could understand a hot spot developing on the "hood" because
> of reflection from the air cleaner top.
Something to consider during a show on a sunny day. Try to park with
the front of the car facing south.
> I don't pretend to have any definitive answers on this, and that is why I
> asked if anyone is aware of a fire from this cause. Perhaps it is a
> non-issue (until it becomes one).
The sound insulation is made from fiberglass and is non-combustible,
unless perhaps it is saturated with oil. (wonder where that could come
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