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FAQs Concerning Oil Drain Pans
I've never spilled oil using a kitchen pan. What's so bad about it?
No one spills used engine oil... until they do. Disposable aluminum pans catch drained oil just fine, but when it comes time for proper disposal, they're completely useless. Recycling used oil properly requires and oil drain pan that doubles as a sealed container, which a cheap aluminum pan will not do.
All oil drip pans are the same, right?
You'd think so, they all serve the same basic function, but oil drain pans vary depending on how much you need to hold and what you plan on doing with the oil after it's drained.
What should I look for in a great oil drain pan?
The big three are capacity, dimensions and features such as seals and pour spouts. You want a pan that can fit at least 50 percent more than your engine oil capacity. So if you're draining about 5 quarts of oil, you want the engine pan to be 7.5 quarts. You always want to consider slim dimensions with cars that are low to ground, where that won't matter much for trucks and SUVs with a lot of clearance. As for features, a mesh screen can be handy to keep a dropped oil pan bolt out of your drip drain pan.
Types of Oil Drain Pans
- Drain Container - This is an oil drain pan that doubles as a portable jug after the old engine old is drained. The oil drops into a pan that funnels the liquid into the container, seals up and has a handle at the corner to make for easy transportation.
- Simple Drain Pan - As the name implies, these oil drain pans look like a large plastic bowl with a spout on the side to neatly move the old engine bowl to a larger container. This is a good option for people who want to transport large amounts of oil from several oil changes.