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Has anyone on the forum seen this video? This is scary looking at knowing that my Optima has the exact same 5 year old 2.4 Theta ii GDI with high mileage (126k). I’ve seen videos of cars with this engine on fire but to see the actual engine catch fire while the hood is open and car is running is scary to think about. The fire occurred because of the rod throwing the block which in Hyundai’s defense did admit to in the video explaining the Knock Sensor Detection System for the 2.0TGDI and 2.4GDI (
) that we all had to get done, but really if we’re being honest it isn’t solving the problem, it’s just making you aware earlier so our engines are still defective and are prone to the fires... granted my 2015 Kia Optima hadn’t had any issues AT ALL even with high mileage, fingers are crossed but everyone’s car is different reliability wise. I’m assuming that this car is a 2011-2014 and wasn’t taken in for the recall for the engine inspection because it still has yellow dipstick when it should’ve been Orange or a 2015 that never had a recall or campaign because this video came out 2 months before we had to get campaign done for our engines.

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What did they thing was going to happen? Thrown rod through the block means the bottom end is now whipping oil everywhere while that person is cranking it over. A little spark and heat and boom, fire.
 

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I thought the present issue with engine fires was where a fuel line gets brittle and leaks gasoline onto hot engine surfaces and ignites.

Only particular years are affected by having the fuel lines subject to cracking. My 2012 engine is even older than the one in the video, but I think my fuel lines are not using the same material that is subject to cracking so I'm not affected. Anyone know which years are subject to fuel line cracks?

The short video has such quick burning flames it reminds me of a gasoline fire.
 
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