As a professional mechanic working in a properly set up workshop is too easy when servicing vehicles. Oil drainers are designed to collect draining oil from a vehicle when raised up on a ramp. What becomes difficult with a routine oil and filter change is when you are stuck without suitable lifting equipment and the correct drainage and storage equipment. Garages will drain, store and pay a company to collect waste oils for disposal. This is included in the garage servicing bill. As DIY enthusiasts we want to service our vehicle without paying those sorts of bills. We do however have to be responsible for our own waste which involves a trip to the local waste disposal site once in a while to dispose of waste oils. Transmission oils, power steering fluid are generally considered to be waste oils where as paint thinners and solvents are not and shouldnʼt be mixed in with waste oils. Contact the disposal providers to confirm what you can dispose of with them.
Waste oil can cause a massive amount of damage if let to leach into the environment. Any waste oil that gets into the water system be it the rain water drainage system or into the local environment means we have to, as householder and utility bill payer foot the costs for costly clean ups. Iʼd rather not pay more than we already do on our water bills so being responsible I hope encourages others to have the same attitude. Sorry I donʼt mean to lecture here but there are a few who are sloppy and would rather pour oil into the ground rather than make a little bit extra effort. It pays dividends if you have a container suitable to carry the oils to the dump without spilling it in the back of your Land Rover.
Take care to protect you skin too. Oil has some nasty stuff in it so take care to protect yourself even with short term exposure to oils. Always wear protective clothing including gloves when handling the stuff.
Filter disposal. Any workshop will have a separate drum (sealed) to collect filters. These do not go into the usual waste steam so need to be disposed of at a disposal site. Contact your local council for details if you are unsure.
The drain pan PM1243 is a low profile oil collector. We do have low profile drain trays in workshops which look like large industrial kitchen backing trays which slide under a vehicle to catch oil and anti-freeze when stripping an engine out of a vehicle; these usually are open so the fluids need to be transferred at the earliest possible opportunity. On open container like that or even an oil spill is a health and safety hazard or a potential for a massive customer complaint.
The whole idea or spillage containment appeals to me especially with the oil drainer pans that are sealable. Less mess and spillage means less time and resources dedicated to cleaning. Imagine this scenario for a moment; a small oil spill is created in a workshop, someone walks through the spill then gets into a customers vehicle. The oil gets onto the interior carpet and perhaps on the edge of a seat. This is an annoyed vehicle owner and potential lost customer waving a rather large valeting bill at the garage owner. Perhaps quite trivial but put this scenario to you or me but put it into a domestic scenario: walking into the hose and getting oil on the living room carpet? You know who is going to hit the roof donʼt you?
Other Uses for the Drain pan PM1243
Testing the oil drainer PM1243 for Paddock was an absolute pleasure. I explained in the video one basic point which I found quite important to DIY enthusiasts who own Land Rovers with 2 live axles on their vehicles. There are other advantages to the oil drainer pan which I did not cover in the above video.
Draining filters into the drain pan. Oil and fuel filters can be rested on the top just in the recess letting the fluid drain out allowing you to dispose of an almost dry filter. This can be done with the recently removed oil filter and diesel fuel filter. There is nothing worse than picking up a filter in the wrong way to find fluid still in it. The oil of fuel goes everywhere leaving you less time on other jobs because you have to clean up the spillages. Diesel fuel is acceptable in waste oil for disposal however petrol, due to its lower flash point may cause problems at council run waste disposal sites so it is worth asking before pouring petrol into old oil.
Oil catch when removing the PAS pipes, oil cooler pipes and the gearbox cooler pipes if fitted. The drainer is small enough to be positioned where larger taller containers like buckets fail.
Draining off and catching oil when removing a half shaft or oil filled bearing. When you remove a half shaft on a fully floating hub you will find an amount oil final drive oil pour out of the axle tube end. Owning a Land Rover with drum brakes you may have already experienced this? The drainer can be placed under the stub end with getting in the way whilst you get on with the jobs around the brakes.
Catching greasy / oily components. Why not use it as a temporary try for a small component that is dripping in oil? This way you can easily use some paraffin or cleaning fluid to clean out the well which drains straight into the drainer afterwards.
Draining the oil or ʻ one shot” grease out of the swivel hub. EP 00 which is used in the later defenders without a drain bung means you need to catch it in a container otherwise it will slop all over the ground. Once you have removed the 2 bolts at the top of the hub when removing the brake hose retaining bracket it will allow the swivel housing to move giving the grease opportunity to move past the seal. . Let me know if you have found a way of removing the grease out of the swivel hub in any other clean manner.
Small parts washer. Unfortunately I do not have the luxury of a parts washer at home. If the components can be washed in the well of the drainer without making a mess then it, to me is a massive bonus.
There are plenty of other applications so lets see how many we can come up between us. Why not add them to the comments below and share with others.
You will get to see this practical drainer pan in use during our workshop sessions in our videos on the Land Rover Toolbox Video You Tube channel in the future. So, please stay clean, have fun and try not to mess the driveway up too much!
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