Did you know that cars are one of the most recycled items in the United States? Around 12 million cars that have reached the end of their useful life are recycled every year. About 80% of a car can in fact be recycled and reused. Here at auto care Temecula we bring you the four basic steps that a car would go through on its way to being recycled.
It all starts with the recycling facility conducting checks to see if a particular car would be more valuable to repair than to recycle. Should the recycling facility deem the car un-repairable, then the recycling facility proceeds to begin the dismantling phase. Approximately 90% of cars at a recycling facility are taken apart rather than being salvaged through repair.
Draining & Dismantling
All fluids from the cars needs to be drained before anything else can be done. These fluids include engine oil, gas, transmission oil, brake fluids, etc. The recycling facility then segregates the fluids according to their respective levels of hazard. Fluids like gas can be filtered and re-used. Next the engine and transmission is dismantled from the car’s chassis. Parts that are deemed useable are then removed as well, before being cleaned. Finally, the car batteries and tires are removed.
Crushing The Chassis
Once all parts have been removed and all is left is the chassis of the car, it’s time to recycle metals like iron and steel from the remains of the chassis. Then the remains are either crushed and flattened into a metal chunk or turned into a metal cube that is the size of a microwave, thus marking the end of the recycling process.
Selling The Salvaged Parts
Parts that are in good condition are sold to be used to repair other cars, whilst parts that are not in useable condition are sold back to auto part re-manufactures.