Vehicle Fire On Assateague
This is why you air down!
Last night around 9 PM a Durango caught on fire on the OSV beach on Assateague Island National Seashore’s OSV. No idea on the cause, but a good guess is usually not airing down. That is the cause of ninety percent of vehicle fires on drive on beaches. This is also a good reason to carry a fire extinguisher in your beach vehicle. Honestly they should be required equipment.
Transmission fluid overheats from overworking the vehicle in sand. It then burns through a line, hits the exhaust manifold, and boom … fire. We have seen it a few times with explorers and Jeeps.
airing down isn’t just to protect the beaches but your vehicle too. Trying to power through sand will heat your transmission fluid up to dangerous temperatures.
Jeep fire July 1st, 2014 at Herring Point beach. Didn’t air down and blew a transmission line.