News out of the US states that the CARS program (known as “Cash for clunkers) might be suspended by midnight tonight.
Dealers are having a hard time tracking all the trade-ins and the lack of surety means that they may – or may not – have gone through the 220,000+ transactions needed to exhaust the billion dollar fund already.
Within 4 days of it starting.
* The headline refers to the process dealers have to go through with the ‘clunker’ after it’s traded.
The engines are topped up with liquid glass!
The official process for killing the condemned engine sounds as simple to perform as it is deadly. A deadly cocktail of Sodium silicate, or liquid glass, is used to render the engine inoperable. Dealers are instructed to replace the car’s oil with the solution, then run the engine at 2,000 rpm until the engine stops working. The process supposedly takes three to seven minutes, after which, the dealer is supposed to start up the vehicle again. If the clunker starts up, the process must be repeated until it’s confirmed dead.
Once the engine takes a dirt nap, the dealer must add a sticker that reads: “This engine is from a vehicle that is part of the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). It has significant internal damage caused by operating the engine with a sodium silicate solution (liquid glass) instead of oil.” The vehicle is then sent to a disposal facility that crushes or shreds the vehicle.
I hope that few, if any, Saabs had to go through this process. They should at least be recycled.
The Auto Prophet has some videos of ‘clunkers’ getting their glass treatment.
Among them is a Volvo S80, which really looks like it should have had years and years left to go. As AP says in his post, maybe it had some mechanical issue that made it uneconomical to keep.
Whatever the problem was, it sure wasn’t the engine. That motor kept going long after it started complaining.
Poor thing. I feel like I’ve just watched a pet get put to sleep.