Thursday, June 8, 2023

The quality of gasoline in Venezuela, a fire risk for vehicles

The deposit of the gasoline The car of the Caritas organization that sister Amarilis Ybarra was driving caught fire while she was driving, on her way to a day of care for the most vulnerable in the state of Zulia, a situation that was repeated this year in another 26 vehicles in the region, as a result of , according to experts, of the pollution of gasoline.

Amarilis had the help of neighbors in the area, who prevented the flames from spreading through the car until the body of firefighters.

“We started throwing sand inside, where the gasoline goes (…) and underneath too, and some neighbors came with fire extinguishers, we took the extinguisher out of the office, several extinguishers and the firefighters arrived immediately”, he told EFE.

In his opinion, the quality of gasoline caused the car, which was delivered a few months ago to an organization belonging to the Catholic Church, to catch fire, after refueling, and the vehicle began to show signs of failure.


The general commander of the Fire Department of the Maracaibo Municipality, capital of Zulia state, Engelberth Atencioexplained to EFE that, from January to mid-April, a total of 26 burned cars were registered.

He indicated that in these accidents there are skippers in which the fire starts in the area of ​​the gasoline pump, or where the fuses are located, which connects to this system.

“The informative part of the owners that are on the site. They themselves tell us that they really see the flame coming out from what is the gasoline pump or else where the rifle (fuses) is, ”she said.

Given these similarities, he said that the Fire Department prepared a report to be sent to the state oil company Pdvsa, to determine if, in fact, the quality of the fuel is affecting the gasoline cells of the cars.

For his part, Maximum Second Castlea mechanic with 25 years of experience, pointed out that the “contamination” of the gasoline causes the internal filters, both of the pump and of the external ones, to become collapse and destroyed, which causes increased amp draw, overheats, and tends to burn out.

“That’s why the car accident, burn out completely or start to fail. Sometimes the electrical system has overheated, of what they call the assembly of the bomb and from there everything burns completely, what is the wiring system and the plastic melts and that is when it causes the cars to burn ”, he explained to EFE.


To date, PDVSA, state company that governs gas stations, has not issued an official communication on this situation, but posted a video on his Twitter account, in which they held a plastic container containing gasoline and invited users of a service station to “smell her” to check the quality of the liquid.

Castillo added that in recent weeks he has received up to seven vehicles per day at his workshop, located in Maracaibo, for changes of batterieselectrical systems or connectors that “melt”.

“You have to do a (change) Mandatory, because the collapse of the pile is the dirt that gasoline has, it is a very cloudy gasoline, with a strong odor, an odor like gas, which people say is a smell like sewage,” he said.

He argued that the temperature of fuel in some vehicles, scanned in his workshop, has reached 65 degrees, when the normal temperature should be between 10 and 30 degrees maximum.

“First time in my experience that something like this happens, because it has happened in seasons service, in which the tanks are contaminated, they fill with water and, to tell you something, a batch of five, six vehicles that arrive with water in the fuel tank and the pump burns out because of the water, but, that is, That’s fortuitous,” he added.


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