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Old 02-07-2008, 11:05 AM
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Hey All,

Here's something that I've been wondering about (well, not wondering about, but ways to control) . . . whenever I go to my local salvage yard I'm usually not looking for anything in particular. If it looks neat and I can use it, or if it's something I've been wanting to get and just forgot about are fairly common occurrances, so my pack of tools is more of a generic self-assembled kit that can take care of practically anything I run across. There is, however, one instance where my kit is sorely lacking, and that has to do with catching the various oils/fluids that might still be in the cars in the yard (stuff like gear oil, steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant, etc). The one time when I've had to deal with this I managed to find a kid's sand bucket in one of the cars to catch the gear oil, but does anyone know of something that could be easily stowed when empty? Do people use something like a collapsible jerry can for camping, or just a plastic milk jug and a funnel?

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Those oil change things you can get at the zone work pretty well. They have caps that keep liquids from pouring out. The pour spout cap is a bit fragile and will break if bumped or dropped on (especially in cold weather).
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I have a couple of 5 gal buckets one for antifreeze and one for oil and I just use one of the oil change pans with a spout on it that one can get at any parts store..works for me just fine..

Actually here the yards are required to drain all of the fluids out of a car before it goes out to the yard so I have not run into that too much lately,,,

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A decent garbage bag will hold it for a while.
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I think some people just let the oil pour on the ground. They must think, since the oil comes out of the ground, why not replenish it.

No Paris, I've never seen a trans fluid well or a 10W-30 oil well. How do they know where to drill for the various brands of oil?
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I think some people just let the oil pour on the ground. They must think, since the oil comes out of the ground, why not replenish it.

No Paris, I've never seen a trans fluid well or a 10W-30 oil well. How do they know where to drill for the various brands of oil?

agreed,

Tha is how a lot of Construction Companies did it (and I think sometimes still do)-they will dig a hole, put the machine over it, drain the oil and cover it up-
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