Airbag compressor caught fire

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  1. Mike Geepers

    Mike Geepers Not-quite-so-new-guy

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    Hello forum, posted here mostly on my MC, hopefully i can get some help with this issue.....my friend has a 2003 silverado 1500 with airbags, and today we switched a bad compressor out. Sounds easy, and it was, until we aired up the tank and started hitting switches....and the compressor air outlet line caught fire. At first we thought something was touching metal (compressor mounted to frame) but only one side was doing it, and the fire started from the outlet. I havent heard of this happening before,and am stumped. Any gurus out there familiar with this issue? Any insight be appreciated.
     
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    Sounds like a defective pump. Return it.
     
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    We mounted them to the frame next to where tow bar would mount up, ran a braided line through a frame jig hole, and first it caught fire there and then caught fire at the air outlet line so i dont understand where we might have done something wrong....teflon tape? Other forums i read talk about oil and heat from the motor catch fire, not sure if that applies to these pumps
     
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    Also the braided line was hot once we hit switches
     
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    Hard to tell but sounds as though the ground was running through the stainless line and not the wiring. The line would carry some heat as that's a byproduct of compressors but not enough it should catch fire.
     
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    My friend says the same and suggested a different material air line, but like i said only one side caught fire, and at two different points. The other compressor worked today fine, and the damaged one is still working, not throwing hot air or a flame so idk wtf
     
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    are there any fuses in the system?
     
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    Mike Geepers Not-quite-so-new-guy

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    Big breaker up front but didnt trip during fire
     
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    Too high of an amp rating on that breaker for the system?
     

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