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We had a discussion about this on another digest (archive)

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Posted by Josh on December 22, 1999 at 11:42:32:

In Reply to: Fire extinguishers posted by mikem on December 22, 1999 at 07:53:31:

The concensus was as follows:

- you need a pretty big Halon extinguisher to put out a car fire b/c you are essentially displacing all the oxygen the air needs to burn. Halons also do not work very well in open air, but would be acceptable for an engine compartment fire. Thus, if you choose Halon b/c it doesn't leave a mess, buy the biggest one you can fit in the car.

- the ABC are messy and cheap and corrode aluminum (a big problem on my other vehicle, the digest from which I gleened this info). If you do have to use it, you'll forever have a white residue in all the adjacent nooks and crannies. I guess that's better than having no car at all. I have an ABC b/c it is cheap.

On mounting, I have mine mounted to the passenger seat at its rear edge, but underneath. It is not a very good place b/c it can be kicked by a passenger in the back seat. Fortunately, all my friends have larger cars than I, and couldn't be bribed to ride in the back seat of my '02. Therefore, it works for me.

'72 BMW 2002tii
'94 LR Defender 90

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