Citroen Fire Extinguisher

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Citroen Fire Extinguisher

Post by Mike P » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:07 pm

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This is a genuine Citroen fire extinguisher that has been fitted in the back of my Bx 16v since the original owner of the car bought it along with the car.

The safety pin is still intact and the weight feels like it's full.

I've got a Citroen accessories catalogue with this in if anybody wants to know the part number.

£30 inc' postage.

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Post by stuart_hedges » Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:31 pm

That's a nice period accessory to have, but you should really get it checked - or buy a new one to actually use!

I always carry a fire extinguisher and have discharged them twice; once on my Rover and once on someone else's Pug 205. I was following behind it and it just burst into flame...

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Post by Mike P » Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:48 pm

Stuart,

I would probably agree with you but then this would allow you to have a rare period extinguisher as well :D

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Post by stuart_hedges » Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:03 pm

Oh aye, that's what I meant! Sorry if I wasn't clear. A nice period thing to have at shows, and a new one within easy reach of the driver's seat.

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Post by Mike P » Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:47 pm

I knew what you meant :wink: :D

I actually carry a modern Halfrauds one as well but that's not as rare as this one.

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Post by prm » Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:47 pm

Mike

Is that a powder version?? - There usually red in colour.
Never seen a Citroen type before. Did they fit these in their light commercials or was this also listed for cars?

With powder extinguishers, you need to remove every 3-4 weeks and invert several times, until you can hear the powder falling from bottom to top.

The powder is inclined to compact at the base, due to vibration whilst driving.
And when you activate, if solid, very little happens!!

A few bangs with a piece of wood usually gets the powder moving.

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Post by andmcit » Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:38 pm

Interesting stuff!

What happens if you've got one lying on it's side beside or underneath
the drivers seat? Is this the same drill - remove regularly and
rotate/invert carefully?

I 'lost' a Citroen Xm when the fuel feed pipe gave up onto the engine
rocker cover area - it was localised enough at first that I believe I
could've at least given a fire extinguisher a go without opening the
bonnet... :shock:

It IS frightening how quickly it can take a hold mind and I WOULD
ALWAYS RUN SMARTISH if it looked dicey mind!!

On subsequent checking of several other cars among my family and
pal's there were some deteriorated bends in the fuel pipework, which
even with due diligence MrMOT man cannot be expected to check
every mm of! That's why I have one in every petrol car I run under
the driver's seat.

Andrew

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Post by prm » Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:07 am

Same drill when stored horizontally.
If you put your ear to the side of the cylinder, sounds like running sand.

Repeat inversions, until duration of sound is approximately the same.
Plus a few good whacks to free up.

Would recommend replacing every 3-5 years, regardless.

Ideally, a 2kg, Class B, + C powder unit, with a contents pressure gauge, mounted in the boot, as some of the small extinguishers have less than 6 seconds discharge,

Approx, 7-9 sec discharge per kg, can vary slightly with internal propellant charge pressure.

No doubt a few of us have had that scenario – do I run, or lift the bonnet. :?

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Post by Mike P » Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:55 am

I've got no idea if this is a powder extinguisher or not :roll:

I'll have a look later.

It was listed in the accessories catalogue for cars, so I guess that it's rarity is down to Citroen prices and age.

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