Bad puppy is no more

Lee Levitt lee at
Mon Jan 10 10:03:28 EST 2005

Larry Leung <larrycleung at> writes:

> Glad everyone is alright. And that must've been something
> REALLY hot to ignite the gas, like a hot turbo or turbo heated
> exhaust. Plain heat w/o open flame generally isn't hot enough
> to just simply ignite gas. Don't know the flame temp for fuel,
> but it's much hotter than general underhood temps.

I had a gas line go once on a VW Rabbit. Unfortunately, my date and I were
dressed to the nines, were out to dinner about 30 miles away from college,
and it was 10 degrees out.

We come out to the car after dinner. The car starts and almost immediately I
see steam coming from under the hood. Shut her off and find a pinhole leak
in the gas line. 

No the car did not catch fire. I don't know whether it was because it was
cold or the engine was cold or I was just lucky or what. 

I can't remember how we got back to school or what happened after that :)
(It *was* a *long* time ago, long enough that a first year VW Rabbit was
only a 5 year old car.)


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