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Hi all,

Unfortunately my father encountered a rather unfortunate event while driving home in his 3008. On his way home he noticed a lack of power and stuttering from the car, pulled into a petrol station had a quick look around the engine but noticed nothing abnormal, temps were fine and he had enough fuel. About less than a mile down the road the engine emits a rather loud bang and a lot of smoke flowing out of the engine.

He pulled over and found that under the engine there was a fire that had started, luckily for him he had pulled over by a building site and 3 workmen came out with fire extinguishers to put out the fire, luckily the fire did not have enough time to spread and the only visible damage is the under tray that has melted and is now hanging.

He did call the RAC for recovery but after waiting 8 HOURS (Yes, they kept delaying the ETA for no apparent reason, perhaps low priority?) he had enough of waiting and decide to see if the car would run, to his surprise it did. He did observe various warning lights like check engine light and the stop sign but about a mile down the road the warning lights all went off and he managed to nurse the car home on the 3 mile drive back, he said he noticed nothing major apart from the sound of the plastic underside scraping along the ground.

The car (59 plate) was bought back in 2012 with 26k miles +/- from a Peugeot dealer, and has since had all services and MOTs done at Peugeot. It still yet to visit Peugeot as my father only made it home last night at about 22.30. My question is could this perhaps be the FAP? I've heard lots of stories about FAPs causing engine fires, the fire seems to have started at the bottom of the engine if this is of any help.

Sorry for the long winded story, I thought I'd give it some background to see if anyone could get an idea before he takes it to Peugeot tomorrow.

TIA.
 

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You wrote all that info even done paragraphs thanks for that BUT you left out some crucial info WHAT ENGINE are we talking about !
 

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My bad, sorry about that. It is a 1.6 HDi FAP 110 with about 62,000 miles last serviced in October at 51,981.
 

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Had anything been done to the car prior to the incident (ie. servicing, repairs etc)?

If the heat shield had been removed and not replaced, this could cause the plastics to overheat, but wouldn't cause a bang.
 

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Nothing has been done to the car since it went for service back in October. Only a new tyre was fitted about 2 weeks ago to the front left, I doubt that would cause the issue. The heat shield as far as I'm aware has not been removed.
 

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Sounds to me like the DPF was blocked and the bang was the blockage clearing and some of the dirt oil whatever around the engine caught fire from the excess heat or the turbo failed and the bang was the pipework blowing off either way i would not be driving it further till its investigated.
 

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Yeah, at first he had a feeling it could have been the turbo that blew, but if you look at the exhaust it looks white, like a white dust which is also on a bit of the rear bumper.. So it could have been the DPF blockage clearing.?Unfortunately the RAC weren't being very co-operative last night and my dad had enough of waiting and decided to risk taking the car home. But it will most certainly be going to Peugeot by recovery truck. Thanks both for your insight.
 

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Just an update. He's taken it to Peugeot but they say that they'll need to rewire quite a few bits due to the heat of the fire having melted some of the wires and their computer doesn't come up with anything wrong with the car due to this. £500+ job they say..

They did suggest putting it on the insurance but my Dads not too sure he wants to do that as he fears that his premium may increase drastically next year. He's already had someone claim against him back in October after a tap on a roundabout (began edging forward at a roundabout expecting the women in front to be going..) No damage to his car but the women he hit claimed her rear bumper had a crack, and that increased his premiums..) Any tips proceed via the insurance policy or avoid?
 

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So Direct Line sent out an engineer today to asses the damge/cause. They can't seem to determine the cause of the fire but believe it was caused by "mechanical fault" which the policy doesn't cover.. So now we're kinda stuck, any tips on how to proceed?
 

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An update for anyone perhaps following. Car is back, rewiring done, plugged in the computer but no errors showed up apparently, the only thing they can think of for what happened was that the under flooring came into contact with the DPF and caught fire.. Problem is now driving the car it seems very underpowered. They also checked the DPF and saw it to not be full, it does have some particulates but nothing major..
 
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