VW Bus Erupts Into Flames – Fuel Line Safety

This is a sad and graphic example of a Volkswagen van with a fuel leak which took place on the morning of February 4th, 2011.  The lone driver, who escaped the vehicle safely, had been alerted by B.C. Ferries staff about a fuel leak while en-route to Vancouver Island in Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia.  He was only going a  few more miles to have the van serviced in the small town of Sidney, but the unlucky Westfalia never made it.  Check your fuel lines, check them again and be acutely aware of any unnecessary gas smell.  If you’re restoring a van the first thing you should do is replace the fuel lines, even before you start it up you should make sure everything is safe and in order.  This short video is not fun to watch, but it is a good warning.

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3 Comments on “VW Bus Erupts Into Flames – Fuel Line Safety”

  1. Sarah-Mae Says:

    Sadly, this was right by our house (Sidney, BC). Our Westy, Chimera, was shocked and horrified. Again, burning Westy’s make my heart hurt.

  2. joeaverager Says:

    So add a manual (cable actuated) fuel valve under the fuel tank before the lines or an electric normally closed electric solenoid valve. $100 or less and if there is a problem assuming your vent tubes are intact, just close the valve or turn off the key and the fuel is stopped.

  3. Prince Mormon Says:

    A solenoid valve is an electromechanical valve for use with liquid or gas. The valve is controlled by an electric current through a solenoid coil. Solenoid valves may have two or more ports: in the case of a two-port valve the flow is switched on or off; in the case of a three-port valve, the outflow is switched between the two outlet ports. Multiple solenoid valves can be placed together on a manifold.;

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