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If you're only priority is to extinguish the flame then go ahead and use BC. If you happen to catch the fire early enough and you'd like to make any salvage attempt a bit easier I'd go ahead and spend the extra money on a Halon/Halotron fire extinguisher instead. The difference is whether you want to pay for it now or pay for it later.

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NOPI special believe it or not. I'm sure its rebadged from another manufacture. Quality design and available at your local pep boys. Just make sure the charge dates are recent...
 

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Anyone priced two and a half pounds of Halon recently? Somewhere in the $150-200 range. I'll stick with the $35 2.5lb BC extinguisher and deal with the cleanup. If I'm spraying it it probably needs to be replaced anyway. ;)
 

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The powder in your normal dry chemical BC extinguisher is very corrosive, particularly to aluminum. The stuff also gets into electrical contacts and causes problems down the road.

So a dry chem extinguisher works fine, particularly if you think you won't be keeping the car after even a minor fire.
 
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