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    Quote Originally Posted by mollieone View Post
    ...Let the engine suck it up. Which, I did. There went the 62.50 through the engine.
    wonder how the engine processed that mercury... did it vaporize and the gases leave the engine through the exhaust (probably pretty toxic), or did it pass through the combustion process and end up in the exhaust system... even the EPA website doesn't explain how to permanently dispose of it except to say how to package and handle it while taking it to a hazardous waste facility. funny how the stuff that was once in the earth, and basically harmless in minimal quantities while part of it, is so much more harmful once removed and gathered in larger amounts
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    I'm curious if it has any abrasive of corrosive properties while doing this? I'm pretty sure you don't want to be anywhere near that exhaust!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Axel View Post
    I'm curious if it has any abrasive of corrosive properties while doing this? I'm pretty sure you don't want to be anywhere near that exhaust!
    Yeah, I'd say that's an understatement! *cough, gasp*
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    Possible mercury for old manometers

    I‘m also thinking where the car finally has ended up. It’s probably not unlikely that it’s been brought to a scrap yard and you can’t rule out that people looking for engine parts also dig into that engine unless you‘ve told the yunk yard personnel that it‘s full of mercury.
    I think we should know best that there are always people interested in old neglected engines plus the fact that you cannot expect that toxic stuff in an engine. Just a thought...
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