Why would my car's speakers catch fire?

Came outside to my car and heard a noise from inside it. I unlocked the door and found that the noise, which sounded like static, was coming from the speakers. I drove 10 miles into town intending to take it to a repair shop, maybe have them disconnect the wires. A couple blocks from the shop, smoke started coming out of the speaker on top of the dashboard. A block later, flames erupted. They poured a bottle of water onto the fire. Car was a 2003 Eclipse, and I hadn't played the radio or CD player in about 3 years.

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  • 1 month ago

    Music has been HOT laely,,, ask YOUTUBE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    12 volts across the voice coil of a speaker is likely to start a fire.  So what failed?  Better remove the radio fuse.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    A short to ground will cause that.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The speaker coil shorted.

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  • 1 month ago

    Something must have shorted out, most likely within the amplifier if you use an external one, or the internal amplifier in the car stereo. It should have blown the fuse, unless the one installed was too big, or not one put in line or bypassed. 

  • 1 month ago

    The only thing in the speaker that can do that is its voice coil. It shorted out somehow. Maybe a rat chewed on the wires, causing a short to ground. It will have to come out and wiring checked.

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