Published on August 3rd, 2009 | by Zane Merva13
Cash for clunkers engines get blown up on YouTube
It’s enough to make a grown car guy cry. The “dirty side” of the Cash for Clunkers program, videos showing the permanent disabling of engines in vehicles traded in under the government plan have started to flood YouTube. While spectacular to watch, many of the videos are getting an angry response.
Dozens of videos, many posted by dealerships or their employees, show in horrific detail the process in which engines of traded in “clunkers” are drained of oil, filled with sodium silicate solution (basically liquid glass), and run until the internals parts seize. Some engines go quickly, some put up a fight.
One video of a perfectly good looking Volvo getting the clunker treatment has been viewed over 100,000 times, drawing nearly 1,000 comments from confused, angry, and upset car folk worldwide. Take a look…
This video shows an almost new looking Jeep Grand Cherokee giving up one heck of a fight before finally sputtering out.
[Update: It seems the video has been removed]
These videos beg the question, when does the quest for new car sales cross the line? With so many people in need of a car, why is blowing up engines and scrapping perfectly fine vehicles a good idea? Couldn’t some of these cars find a home with a family who is truly in need? Leave us a comment with your thoughts.
In the meantime, here’s a few more purported clunker disabling videos to get you thinking.
Perhaps the most cringe worthy. Just listen to the awful sound made as the engine seizes.