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Well, this is awkward, the investigation is not going so well.

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From what I have observed, some owner's have allowed the insulation in the engine compartment to sag and rest against the engine or the exhaust system. I have also observed a few 08's -09's where oil vapors have been coming out around the PCV valve grommet and soaking the thin cardboard or paper insulation. One vehicle was consuming quite a bit of oil & the owner just kept adding oil. The insulation was soaked and when he pulled into a service station to refuel, the insulation started to smolder. He was able to quickly wet down the insulation and remove it from the engine compartment. The other vehicle displayed similar symptoms and due to the insulation coming in contact with the exhaust system, smoke was observed coming out of the engine compartment. If the owner's were not with their vehicle and quickly took steps to get the insulation cooled down and soaked with water, these cars may have caught fire. Once a smart car would catch fire, the insulation would be consumed in the fire and there would not be any evidence that the insulation was the cause after becoming oil saturated. I would suggest that owner's periodically inspect the insulation in their engine compartment and make sure it has not come loose. I have re-attached mine using contact cement and clothes pins to hold the insulation in place. If your car is misting oil vapors into the engine compartment, time to figure out what is the cause & not continue to drive the car. Some owner/operator diligence will go along way to prevent these types of issues.
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