Engines at East Coast Auto Salvage Horrified by Nationwide Sodium Silicate Massacre

There is an anxious feeling amongst the engines that reside at East Coast Auto Salvage. It has been a little over a week since the federal Cash for Clunkers program has taken effect and people are trading in their perfectly fine running, albeit less fuel efficient, vehicles in for brand new models at the dealer.

The dealers then have an execution order to kill the engines of the trade in vehicles with a solution of sodium silicate. This mass killing of engines has left used engine communities across the nation, including the one at East Coast Auto Salvage, horrified and fearful.

“These engines have done nothing to deserve this!” exclaims the 2003 Trailblazer engine that resides in B1 at East Coast Auto Salvage. “These are good running engines that could have provided transportation for people in need of a ride. Not everyone can afford a new car; many people need used engines to keep their vehicles running. That is what we are here for.”

Just today the Wall Street Journal released an article about the increase in demand for the Sodium Silicate solution that is used in the execution process. It describes the killing process and in particular the experience at a dealership in Kansas:

At dealerships across America, mechanics accustomed to fixing engines are battling for the chance to ruin them. “Everybody wants to go first, so I’m probably going to have to make them draw straws,” says Jim Burton of Randy Curnow Buick Pontiac GMC in Kansas City, Kan. As service manager, however, he might reserve that thrill for himself. “I can’t wait,” he says.

Over the weekend, half a dozen mechanics gathered around three clunkers marked for death at Jim Clark Motors in Lawrence, Kan. As Loris Brubeck Jr., the dealership’s president, held a stopwatch, the sodium-silicate solution took two minutes flat to kill a 2002 Ford Windstar, and just a few seconds more to kill a 1999 Jeep. But a 1988 Dodge van lasted more than six minutes. “Sometimes those old engines, they’re the hardest to kill,” says Mr. Brubeck.

“As if the killings themselves weren’t bad enough it is just sickening the great pleasure that these mechanics and dealers are taking in performing the execution,” says the 2000 Expedition Engine that resides in Z2 at East Coast. “These motors are just like us. They probably still have a lot of life in them but the government decided that they should be put to death, it’s a shame really.” 

The article in the WJS describes the effect of the Sodium Silicate:

“The heat of the operating engine then dehydrates the solution leaving solid sodium silicate distributed throughout the engine’s oiled surfaces and moving parts,” says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication. “These solids quickly abrade the bearings causing the engine to seize while damaging the moving parts of the engine and coating all of the oil passages.”

“Reading this makes me cringe, what a horrible way to die,” says the 2004 Durango Engine that resides in A10. “It could have been any of us really; it is just a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Indeed these engines from these “clunkers” don’t stand a chance. Approximately 250,000 vehicles have already been destroyed under the program and if the senate approves more funding another 500,000 or more running engines will be killed. This obviously reduces the number of good used vehicles available on the market and because of the engine destruction will also reduce the number of used replacement parts available for consumers.

“This program just doesn’t make any sense to me,” says the 1998 Deville engine that resides in Z3. ”Valuable resources were used to create us in the first place and the resources used to produce new vehicles costs more in the long run than keeping us old engines running until we naturally expire. All of this killing seems unnecessary and I am glad that I am not a tax payer right now because I don’t see how this is a benefit to the consumer.”

A moment of silence will be held by all of the engines at East Coast Auto Salvage this evening in remembrance of those engines that could have lived on to help others but instead were brutally slaughtered by the federal government.

WSJ article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124934376942503053.html

Cash for Clunkers Information at http://www.cars.gov/ 

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