Sad, Sad Cash for Clunkers Videos :(

These videos show what happens to the “clunkers” some people bring in for the Cash for Clunkers government program.

For anyone who doesn’t know, the engines of the clunkers are rendered inoperable, meaning they are intentionally seized up so no one else can make use of them. While it’s an effective way of getting huge, inefficient cars off the road, it is also a bit upsetting to watch. Especially considering many of the cars traded in are perfectly good, smaller, low-mileage cars.

Here’s a rundown of what happens to these cars’ engines:

1) They are drained of all oil, except the negligible amount left in the oil filter

2) The oil is replaced with a sodium silicate solution, aka liquid glass

3) The engine is started and revved up to maximum RPM, which heats up the solution and lets it harden. Predictably, within a few minutes the entire engine becomes one giant steel fishing weight.

Watch these videos to see (and hear) it for yourself…

1997 Ford Explorer Clunker (1:04)

1998 Cadillac DeVille Clunker (1:16)

2001 GMC Jimmy Clunker (0:47)

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