• Jun 30th 2010 at 12:32PM
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It doesn't take a gearhead to know that engine coolant is vitally important to the overall health of your car or truck. Still, thousands of vehicle owners ignore their coolant every year to the detriment of their precious powertrains. Prestone wanted to demonstrate just how important coolant is to the health of an engine, but this isn't the sexiest topic on earth. So did Prestone spend big bucks on a CGI simulation? How about boring us with a video showing how long it takes for a vehicle sans fluids to go up in smoke? Nope. Instead Prestone gave some well-trained pyromaniacs high-powered blow torches and melted the aluminum engine block of a General Motors 3.6-liter V6.

Hit the jump to watch as GM's high-feature V6 feels the heat of several blowtorches. It only took about 20 minutes to mutilate everything but the crankshaft and cylinder sleeves, but Prestone cut the carnage down to three manageable minutes.

[Source: YouTube via USA Today]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see someone in the marketing department going... We need to show that engine cooling is important... LETS MELT AN ENGINE!...WITH BLOWTORCHES!... i bet kids will like that...
      • 5 Years Ago
      at yet it is possible as i plan on entering the gates of hell burning ,laughing and on fire behind the wheel of the cts coupe
      • 5 Years Ago
      You mean a chunk of metal containing thousands of explosions a minute gets warm?

      *mumbles "some people"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Completely unrealistic demonstration, but still kind of fun to watch.

      Also, was it me, or did it seem that the lady didn't have the foggiest idea what was really going on?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It can happen if you light you Caddy on fire LOL, other than that completely unrealistic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I don't get it. What was the point of this video. She even says that the conditions represented are never going to be experienced anywhere in the world. A better demonstration would be to run an engine w/o coolant, and engine with low coolant, an engine with old coolant and an engine with new coolant at the proper levels. All three of the first will fail and its pretty spectacular to see the carnage that occurs when an engine seizes. Certainly more exciting than watching an engine block melt. An aluminum one at that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... but proof that Americans love dog-and-pony shows that have little to do with facts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @dave0mary


        Why did you have to turn this into some nationalistic issue?

        *Everyone* all over the world seems to like a dog-and-pony show.

        Then again... corporations think everyone does, but in all actuality, we don't. At least the intelligent few among us.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think she exspecially needs to work on her english skills.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure air-cooled junkies would beg to differ.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Watching stuff burn is cool!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh, huh-huh-huh. That was cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG. Her eyes!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yup, next time I decide to take a drive over the surface of the sun, i'll be sure to use Prestone coolant so my engine block doesn't melt. :-
      • 5 Years Ago
      nobody likes GM's 3.6L anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this is honestly one of the dumbest demonstrations i've ever seen. next you'll see goodyear harping about how good their wet traction is in the rain, and will show this by driving a car w/ a competing tire w/ a snorkel underwater. "see, look how hard it is to control this jeep".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow. Ok. I didn't think that needed a sarcasm tag, but apparently it did.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nobody huh? Guess that is why it's been on Wards ten best engines list since 2008?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure any coolant is going to stop 3 blowtorches at full blast for a few hours.........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool but the real test is: Will it blend?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You'll need Jeremy's V8 blender.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Newsflash! If you heat a metal beyond it's melting point, it will....melt!

      I don't get it. Show a piston seizing and throwing a rod through the block or something cool...this is too over the top IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And being OTT is what makes it awesome!
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