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What Happens When You Try To Use Coca-Cola As Engine Oil?

Cola doubles as floor cleaner and a Mentos fountain, so why not oil?

It’s unclear where the practice of using Coca-Cola for tasks other than getting diabetes or watering down whiskey began, but it likely has something to do with the discovery that the timeless drink could double as a fountain when Mentos are added to it or that its acidity makes it a good replacement for toilet and floor cleaner. Now, Hydraulic Press Channel spinoff Beyond The Press wants to test its theory that the drink could be used as a replacement for motor oil.

We, along with most sane people, cry blasphemy because how could a sticky drink do the work of a slippery substance engineered specifically to put up with the heat and pressure inside an engine? It likely can’t, but that’s perfectly okay with a YouTube Channel dedicated to destroying things, especially when the presenters mention that they want to kill the car off.

After filling the oil pan of the subject of this televised execution, the team sets off, starting the car and applying the throttle to get the engine spinning. It sounds great at first, revving without protest, but then the problems slowly start to set in one by one in what becomes a great lesson on why it’s important to keep the oil level on your car at required levels. First, a strange noise develops when releasing the throttle and quickly morphs into a need to pin the gas pedal to the firewall in order to keep the engine running. Then, in a very undramatic fashion, the engine stops completely after getting locked thanks to bearings starved of lubrication. To answer the question, no, Coca-Cola is not a good oil substitute, so get your oil checked.

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