WD-40 is a product that is commonly used all around the world. It’s a kind of non-volatile oil which can be utilized for protecting metals from moisture, as well as serve as a lubricant. It is popular mostly because of the many ways that people can use it. As matter of fact, many articles have been written about how WD-40 can be used.
Using it in a safe manner is okay, as long as it isn’t used in a dangerous way. However, these boys brought the use of WD-40 to a whole new, unknown level. Youths who are fond of experimenting sometimes don’t leave a single stone unturned. This is exactly what happened when they took the word “engine” written on the product bottles of WD-40 literally.
It all started as a normal experiment of curious individuals. Just a couple of guys, jokingly giving out their own hypothesis. However, it didn’t stay that way for long, they turned it into a real experiment which gave the world a practical lesson to learn from. As they learned a valuable lesson, some had to pay a lot in the process.
Where It Started
The journey started at Home Depot. People normally go to this place to get many different household items which helps them improve their homes or the way they take care of their chores. They may even buy WD-40, knowing it has many uses around the house. But of course, this group of teenage boys had a totally different agenda. They were out to test how far WD-40 can be used.
As they went through the aisles, one guy from the group told his friend, “Dude, they have no shortage of what we need here.” Obviously, he was referring to the abundant WD-40 supply at the Home Depot. This got them excited to start their “experiment.” One said, “We gotta test the theory.” It appears that they have discussed this for quite some time and they have been planning to put their plans into action for a long time.
Check the Label
One of them took one jumbo-sized WD-40 bottles and started reading the instructions on the back. As a sort of precaution, they thought they should read what was written on it first to get more information for their mission. But to their added excitement, the word “engine” was written on the back of the WD-40 bottle. After gaining this new knowledge, they felt more confident that their experiment would work.
Drain It First
After leaving Home Depot, they felt ready to start the experiment. One guy from the group even volunteered his own car for it, despite fully knowing that there is a possibility for things to go wrong. But before commencing with putting WD-40 inside the engine, they first had to remove and drain the oil which is already inside the car. One of the excited youth said, “We’ll drain all of this outta here.” After getting rid of it, it was time to put the WD-40 inside the car.
Filling It Up
They then proceeded to fill up the car. As they were doing it, one even commented, “that definitely smells like WD-40.” He then reached out and touched the liquid, noting that it was “slippery.” They even affirmed that their decision by reiterating that “it says on the can that it will definitely do engines.” One of them also said that the back of the WD-40 bottle said it “lubricates to smooth operation.”
After filling the car up with WD-40, it was prediction time. One of the guys said, “I think it’s gonna run fine.” While another one said, “We’ve got five minutes before it blows.” The third one, who is commonly called Chau, said that the car would only function normally for a minute. The last to give his prediction is the guy holding the camera who said, “Maybe we might even be able to drive it before it pops.”
The Sound of the Engine
When they turned on the engine, the one in charge of recording the whole thing got very close and commented, “I’m standing right in raw territory.” When a few seconds have passed, it became clear on their minds that the sound that the engine is making is pretty good. The guy holding the camera said, “I mean, dude! It does not sound bad…” The person who predicted that it would function normally happily said, “No, it’s fine. It’s a lubricant.” He stood by his prediction that the car would run, but the test wasn’t over yet.
As the engine sounded fine, they decided to hop in the car and take it for a test drive. After driving it for a few minutes, the guy in the passenger seat told his friends, “Dude, it’s fine. The car literally does not care.” He then continued to ask, “What happens if we do this for like two hours and it does not blow up?” One of his friends replied bluntly that it was proof that “you can use WD-40 as engine oil.”
As they kept driving the car, everything appeared to be in a ship shape condition. The guy sitting in the back seat, who was the original cameraman, even said, “Dude, I don’t think it’s ever going to blow!” They told their friends, who worked with them on this project from the very beginning, that it was working great when they drove past them. They said, “It’s legit, dude.” Well, they were quite right. However, like all good things, this one must also come to an end.
It looked like everything started to go wrong not long after they started their experiment. As they drove on, the engine made a sound like it was groaning. The driver said, “Oh, she’s struggling.” Then the guy at the back also said, “It’s starting to smell weird.” Before then even noticed, smoke started coming out from the front of the car. They screamed, but not because they’re scared, but because they were exhilarated. Plus, they already knew what to do in this situation.
They weren’t an ordinary group of teenagers. They didn’t drive the car as normal people would. They totally worked it hard, driving it as fast as they could, and making turns and reversals. When the car started smoking, they knew that they should pull over. But they weren’t done with their experiment just yet. They decided to bring things up one step higher. It was time to see what WD-40 and the car were made of.
They planned to push the car to its limit by flooring the gas pedal using a lead pipe. After they exited the smoking car, one guy from the group took out a long and thin lead pipe and used it to floor the gas pedal on its own. After turning on the engine once more, they could clearly evaluate the hidden qualities of WD-40. Well, they obviously placed the car in “park,” so it would stay in place.
They were sure that it would be the end of the car. The cameraman even said, “This is it, this is where she meets her end,” talking about the car. However, the questions that still lingered was, how long? One of them said, “Dude, I think it’s gonna last like ten minutes.” Another one placed his bet on four minutes. Who do you think won? To make sure that they had the accurate time, they set a timer to start once they turned the engine on again.
As they continued watching and observing, they got so excited that they realized it wasn’t enough that they were the ones enjoying it. They decided to call some friends over and enjoy the festivities with them. They were so excited to tell them what they have done so far. One of their friends who came was surprised by the distance they managed to travel and even gave his own prediction that their experiment might surprise them even more. As it was already time, they turned on the engine.
After they turned on the engine once again, they immediately got away from the car. They also noticed how loud the engine sounds. Just imagine the excitement of these boys while they look at the car in anticipation as they hear the engine scream. They were just excited to see something crazy happen. The look on their faces was pure anticipation and incredulity. For a few minutes, nothing seems to be happening. But that was actually when things started to take a crazy turn…
Not long after they turned the engine on again, something unexpected happened – one of the black tires flared up. Their scream, which was their first reaction, was not very audible because of the noise that the engine was making. They were screaming, “Oh my God! Oh my God!” This continued for some time, and the group of teenagers kept pointing at the back tires. The flaming activity down there seemed to hint about something much, much bigger to come…
As the fire in the black tire continued to grow, all of a sudden smoke came out from the hood, which climaxed in a loud eruption of a giant fire. If you thought they were crazy because of their reactions earlier, you wouldn’t like how they reacted after the eruption of fire. They were literally jumping up and down, too much excitement was coursing through their veins. They found the experience of witnessing something like this surreal.
The Engine’s Demise
What was interesting to watch during the whole thing was that the car’s engine was still running despite the fire that emanated from its hood. This sure shows the strength of the car, as well as how powerful WD-40 is, which was the whole point of their experiment. But after a long fight, the engine finally gave up and died. However, there is still much more excitement in store for the car.
After the engine officially shut down, the group turned to the girl who was timing the whole thing. She reported that the engine lasted for three minutes and twenty-five seconds. It was a bit of a shame that they got distracted by this information as moments after it, the car exploded. It wasn’t just a flare up, nor was it a minor fire up front. It was a total car explosion, as can be seen in the picture.
Talking About It
As they were heading back to where they were from, with the remnants of the car behind them (they actually had to tow it), they were still buzzing with excitement about what happened. They kept repeating exclamations and phrases like, “that was dope,” or “that was intense,” and “it exploded!” There was nothing more fun than reminiscing about an exciting event immediately after it happens. They were absolutely pumped with adrenaline.
So, while they were driving back they discussed whose prediction was most accurate. The girl who was also the timekeeper gave that award to the guy with the closest guess – the one who said two minutes. That same moment, the guy who predicted ten minutes acknowledge that he overestimated it by a long shot. However, he was quite optimistic about the experiment from the very beginning.
To finish off the video, the cameraman, who recorded the whole thing, gave his final recommendation. He reminded everyone that the main goal of the experiment was to see whether WD-40 could replace engine oil. His conclusion? “Sorta. Kinda. Not really. Wouldn’t recommend it.” Please be reminded that this is only one man’s opinion. It is possible that others who may have done a similar experiment have had different conclusions.
Aside from his concluding statement, the person narrating had another announcement. He said that he wanted to share not just the excitement he and his friends had during the experiment, but also another special gift for everyone. He said that he was giving away a classic car which was mainly produced in the 90’s – Mazda RX-7 FD. He invited those who were interested to join a raffle to win the car.
Apparently, the guy filming the whole experiment and making the video, as well as the one narrating it is a big name on social media. His name is Orion Dajnowicz and he has a pretty huge following! His YouTube channel, Life OD, has more than 400,000 subscribers. Having that kind of following, is bound to get your videos viewed by a lot of people, but some were actually unhappy with what they saw.
As expected, the video received a lot of comments on YouTube that raised some interesting issues about what was shown in the video. One even wrote, “I think it would have blown under that abuse with any engine oil.” Another one said, “So it overheated and caught on fire, just like it would have if it was normal oil.” The main idea is that the explosion may not have been caused by WD-40, but the way they overused and abused the car.
One commenter was more upset that the others. He explained, that “WD” meant “Water Displacement.” He further added that is was not at all meant to be used as engine oil. Instead, it is to be used to “clean the individual parts of the engine upon assembly.” This is perhaps another interesting take on the matter. Indicating that WD-40 was not made to be utilized as engine oil from the very beginning.
Another viewer wrote a sincere comment of concern regarding their safety and mentioned that they could have been seriously hurt. They also wrote, “WD-40 is NOT formulated as a high-temperature oil. It is a ‘Penetrating Oil,’ used to free up frozen parts.” They also added that it could probably be used for emergency, but only if the car was driven reasonably, not brought down to its limits like they did.
Was It Right?
Things need to be considered more carefully. And based on the comments left by the YouTube viewers, they may have a valid reason for concern. Where these teenagers right for doing the experiment? Was there a need for more research before they conducted it? Some comments really had a strong point against the said experiment. However, the other side of the story needs to be considered as well. It is, of course, the fact that those who did it have more or less some knowledge about cars.
All About Cars
Remember the guy we mentioned a while back? The one who documented the whole thing and made the video? Apparently, Orion Dajnowicz is someone who may know a thing or two about cars. His whole YouTube channel is dedicated to cars and each video that he posts are somehow related to them in one way or another. Anyone who has seen his other videos would know that he is not one to do it if it weren’t safe.
As a matter of fact, his knowledge about cars is not just superficial. He actually races them professionally! He may not have risen to Indy 500 levels yet but he seems to have a rising career, and we may see him in the near future, racing on some of the biggest tracks in the world. His social media accounts have pictures of himself racing and proudly standing with trophies he has won.
When we consider Orion’s knowledge about cars and the fact that he races them professionally, it certainly makes the video more credible. Although the concern in some of the comments was quite valid, Orion and his crew were super careful about how they did it and made sure they were not harmed during the whole process. So, as they say on TV, “Don’t try this at home, kids.”