Whether you want to get rid of your own vehicle or teach someone a lesson, there are countless ways to destroy a car. While you surely know that you can just use a baseball bat and have a little rage session, you probably need something a bit less noisy and destructive.
Worry not, because we got you covered. Here are the quietest and most effective ways to destroy a car without leaving evidence behind. Read on!
1. Use Mercury and Glass Particles
Cars are made of aluminum, so destroying one takes something that can corrode or dissolve this metal. On its own, mercury isn’t able to do that. However, combined with glass shavings, it becomes a potent corrosive agent that can wreak havoc on all vehicles.
So, you can use this combo on a car’s engine or any other part made of aluminum (the doors, roof, hood, etc). Just bear in mind that, if you want to use it on the entire vehicle, you will need a lot of mercury and glass.
Therefore, your best bet is to focus on the car’s engine only. After you combine your two ingredients, simply pour them into the engine tank and make sure you fill it up nicely.
If you don’t see any immediate change once your job is done, don’t fret. The chemical reaction that the mercury and glass particles will bring about will take a few minutes. Plus, it will be complete once you (or someone else) try to start the car again.
Put simply, the corrosive agent will rot the engine from the inside, rendering it completely useless. The car will turn off within seconds, and starting it again will not be possible.
Now, before you use this particular trick, it’s important to talk about safety precautions. As you might already know, inhaling mercury vapors is quite dangerous and can cause severe damage to your lungs, as well as your digestive tract and nervous system.
So, make sure you mask up and wear every bit of protective gear you can get your hands on. That way, you’ll be able to go about your task quickly and, most importantly, safely.
2. Use Bleach
Need a way to ruin an engine that isn’t too complex? You can use any strong bleach available online or at your local store.
In all the ways that matter, the bleach will act just like the mercury and glass mixture we mentioned above. So, it will rot the aluminum and slowly dissolve the engine from the inside out.
When you purchase bleach, you simply have to pour it into the gas tank. Then, once the car is started again, it will run seemingly like normal until the gas runs out and only bleach is left.
At that point, the chemical reactions will begin and the car will stop within seconds. After that, the engine will be completely ruined, so the car won’t be able to start again.
While bleach is not nearly as dangerous to inhale as mercury, you should still wear a mask while completing this task. What’s more, it’s a must to protect your hands with high-quality gloves and wear protective clothing as well.
3. Use Gallium
Gallium is another potent corrosive agent you can use to wreck an engine or any other integral car component. By pouring it into the engine block, the bell housing, the cylinder heads, or the heater core, you can destroy a vehicle in only a few seconds.
Now, it’s important to note that gallium can only have these effects if it’s in a liquid state. Luckily, it dissolves at only 29.7 degrees Celsius (85.5 degrees Fahrenheit), so it’s really easy to liquefy.
Just like in the first two tricks above, you should be careful when handling this substance. It can irritate your skin and even cause burns, so you have to wear gloves. In addition, it’s smart to mask up so you don’t inhale any of the vapors.
4. Use Corn Syrup
As silly as it might seem, you can also destroy someone’s car by pouring corn syrup into their gas tank. Besides causing corrosion, corn syrup can also make the inside of an engine gummy, leading to car failure.
When picking the best type of syrup for this particular function, always go for those that are already in a liquid state. They have higher sugar counts than powdered ones, and they are easier to use.
Although even a few spoonfuls will suffice, we suggest pouring out an entire bottle just to be safe. That way, you will be sure that the engine will fail and the car won’t be able to start anymore.
5. Remove the Oil Filler Plug
If you wanted, hypothetically speaking, to destroy a car so it seemingly runs fine but then suddenly breaks down, this trick is for you. Namely, all you have to do is remove the oil filler plug from the oil tank.
Once you do that, the oil will start slowly oozing out of the tank, leaving the engine without proper lubrication. As the oil levels dwindle, the engine will start overheating and malfunctioning, eventually leading to a complete breakdown.
This option is neat because it requires no additional material or protective gear. However, it also takes the longest, as the car won’t break down right away due to corrosion or damage.
What you should bear in mind, though, is that leading a car to malfunction this way while in traffic can be quite dangerous. For instance, it could lead to accidents and severe injuries. So, if you can help it, it’s best to use one of the ideas above, as they are more immediate and don’t pose a danger to other traffic participants.
6. Use Coca-Cola
It is a well-known fact that Coca-Cola can be used to wreak havoc just about anywhere. So, it comes as no surprise that you can also use it to break down a car engine.
All you have to do is pour a bottle of Coca-Cola into the gas engine and start the car. As the last remnants of gas are spent, the engine will start rotting and overheating, ultimately failing. After the ordeal is done, you won’t be able to start the car again.
Just like with our previous solution, using this trick can be dangerous in open traffic. The car will stop unexpectedly and won’t be able to start any longer, which could cause collisions. So, be extra careful if you choose to go with this hack.
7. Use Spray Paint
Want to make someone’s life more difficult without actually ruining their entire car? Your best bet is to buy a few cans of spray paint and do a number on their vehicle that way.
This option is inexpensive, super easy, and the least dangerous of them all. Of course, it’s advisable to wear a mask and gloves, but the paint fumes aren’t nearly as dangerous as some of the metals and mixtures we recommended above.
In addition, this solution lets you have some fun and be extra creative. Just pick a color you know won’t be received well, and you’ll be good to go.
The one thing you should keep in mind is that spray painting isn’t the quietest job on the planet. So, make sure you are quick and efficient or, better yet, try to do it in a place where no one will see or hear you.
8. Use Expanding Spray Foam
Although it is indeed the most important car component, you can actually ruin a car without touching its engine. This option comes in handy when you don’t have access to the hood.
The trick is quite simple: get your hands on some expansive foam and generously spray it into a car’s exhaust pipes. The foam will expand to fill the pipes, and the driver will have a nasty surprise on their hands when they try to start the car.
In fact, you can clog the pipes in any way you want using just about anything you have lying around. Some options include gorilla glue or fruits such as oranges, mangoes, and lemons.
Now, this hack won’t necessarily cause a car to break down completely and irreparably. But if you just need to send a message or a warning, it’s one of the most efficient solutions on this list.
No matter the reasoning behind it, if you wish to destroy a car, there are numerous quiet and effective solutions to try. The best ones entail tampering with the engine, but you can also focus on exhaust pipes or the oil tank.
Lastly, before you embark on your vigilante journey: a word of caution. While most of these options leave little evidence behind, you still have to be extra careful. So, if the car you are trying to destroy isn’t yours, make sure you cover your tracks well and escape the scene as fast as possible. Otherwise, you could be caught and sued for destruction of property, and no revenge plot is worth that.