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MY FRIENDS BF PUT 2 CYCLE OIL IN HER CAR.. SHE DIDNT KNOW SO ADDED REG OIL AND STARTED A FIRE IN THE ENGINE.. COVER MELTED... SPARK PLUGG WIRES MELTED, OIL NECK MELTED AND THE FUEL VAPOR SWITCH UNDER THE COVER?? MELTED ALSO.. I JUST HAVE SOME GENERAL QUESTIOS

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The engine will need to be removed (ideally), partially stripped down, thoroughly inspected and all fire damaged parts replaced. Many parts will need thorough cleansing before being inspected and tested. The oil will need to be drained and the oil filter replaced before the engine is refilled. Shortly after restarting the engine and warming it up it would be wise to drain the oil and replace the filter once more to ensure that all contaminated oil is gone. afterwards, she may find that the engine's major mechanical parts have suffered severe wear-related damage to the extent that it's a write-off. Much of the engine bay wiring loom will be damaged and will need to be replaced. The hood will likely need to be replaced and possibly the front fenders, driveshaft gaiters and tires. Some bodywork will need to stripped to bare metal and repainted. The chassis (if there is one) and body crumple zones will need to be checked to see if the metal has distorted or physically altered by the heat (too soft/too brittle).

All of this work costs a lot of time and money and even then it's easy to miss faults caused by the fire, so most cars are routinely sold for their scrap value after such a fire as it's usually cheaper to replace the car than repair it. In any case, it's definitely a lot safer to do so.

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