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Can an alternator short burn a car?

Answer

Wiki User
09/12/2011

Talking from experience (about 2 hours ago) my alternator shorted out and caused the insulation on the wire to heat, and then ignite.

As i tried to make my engine bay look all pretty, the plastic hose cover i put on the wires also set on fire. Luckily i was near lots of water and had the bonnet up but if this had of happened when i was moving, or i had the bonnet down - then i think there is serious potential for this type of electrical fault to cause your vehicle to combust. Luckily my fuel line is at the other side of the car.