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Oil drain pan

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Av8er, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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    Av8er

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    Setting up for my first oil change on the truck. Picked up a 5/16" diam. 5' hose based on Chris4x4's write up. Tks buddy for that!


    I have used for the past few years the cheap oil drain pan from Wally world:

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    Can you guys recommend a better quality pan or set up which will last. The green spin off cap you see completely deteriorated after about 6 months so I can only fill it so full before dumps at Autozone. I would like one that is usable on our trucks plus a Honda Accord on jacks. I'd like to be able to do two or more oil changes prior to a trip to AZ to dump.

    Any recommendations??
     
  2. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    I buy my oil in the 5qt jugs.
    Save the empty jugs, dump the drain pan into the jugs. When I get 4 jugs, I take them to Vatozone and dump them, take the jugs home.

    Now I have plenty of jugs to cover oil changes when I'm using the Costco 6-packs that I got on sale for $26, radiator drains, etc...


    I used to use that pan, but the oil hitting the surface splashed too much.
    I tried a couple of other pans, but settled on the square one that's open on top and doesn't seal. The rolled edges contain the splashing, and it's flat enough to slip under the motorcycle.
     
  3. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    Great, tks Rich. Thanks once again for some great info. Appreciate you chiming in. I've got a few of those 5qt jugs laying around so I may go that route. Easier and cleaner to transport than my last setup.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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    I gave up on transporting in the drain pan after one of the rectangular flat ones with the BIG screw-top decided to pop off while I was draining it.

    Thankfully I was wearing my "work on the bike" grubbies and not on the way home from work.
    Called my wife to have her bring a nasty old blanket to put down in the car (I had a company car at the time).
     
  5. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    Nice! Murphy's Law at work. ;)
     
  6. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    I've got a powered detergent bucket that will fit about 3 of the 5 gal oil jugs in it. I've got an open top pan and just fill em up when I'm done changing the oil. When they're all full I put them in the bucket and take em to autozone or wherever. I also stuff a rag in the neck of the pan so it doesn't drip.
     
  7. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    Nice. Sounds like there are a few options out there. tks for the chiming in.
     
  8. Nov 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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    That pan you have works great for catching the oil and using it to put oil in another container. Just get yourself a good container to transport to the oil dump. Like a gas can.
     
  9. Nov 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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    I use a five gallon plastic coil cleaner jug with a pull up screw on cap. When it gets about 3/4 full I take it to Advance Auto and dump it.

    This is a good oil catch pan. I do not like the ones with the small hole in the center as they tend to splash. You can also put a coarse sponge in the bottom of this one to prevent the initial tendency to splash up. YMMV

    http://www.amazon.com/Lisle-17942-B...&qid=1353038962&sr=8-1&keywords=oil+drain+pan

    http://www.amazon.com/RhinoGear-11837-Quart-Oil-Drain/dp/B00004X13X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
     
  10. Nov 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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    I have an oil drain bucket, then I use my empty 1 gallon milk cartons. They work great for transporting oil or whatever else you have.
     
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    I use one like the one at the link Failure2Comply posted. The big screw cap sucks, but it has a big opening with a grate that halps avoid splashing. I immediately transfer the oil to either the 5 qt jug the new oil came in or those big orange juice jugs, much better for transporting back to AutoZone.

    I bought the hose the last time around as well, beats trying to hold a Solo cup under the filter thingy!

    We should design the TacomaWorld Perfect Oil Change Pan and start a TW community business to fund mods.
     
  12. Nov 15, 2012 at 4:12 PM
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    All great info folks. Getting some great and cheap alternatives! Now if only I could install a lift on the wife's Honda for easier access to the drain plug and remount the filter on top. ;)
     
  13. Nov 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM
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    For catching the oil filter oil, I just use an empty 1 liter oil bottle and stick it under the drain spout....fits good in there.... loosen the filter and let her drain.... works for me.... and then I replace the drain plug thingy and install new filter... no mess at all... I think that is better than having a long hose dripping oil that I now have to store...

    good luck....
     
  14. Nov 16, 2012 at 4:22 AM
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    I called the manufaturer of the same oil pan/container you posted a picture of. They sent me 2 replacement caps N/C.... they suck too.

    Typically the lids off of other containers use the same size caps but often are of better quality. I think the ones I currently use actually came off of Mobil 1 or Penzoil jugs.

    $.02
     
  15. Nov 16, 2012 at 4:36 AM
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    I too use my own transport system. I have a milk crate that 4 antifreeze jugs fit in perfectly with room in the corner for rags. I fill those and then take crate to auto parts to empty in their recycle container and bring mine back home all empty for future changes. The nozzle on the pan fits good to empty into jugs. Must have for DIY changes for the 4 vehicles I has to maintain. No dealer oil changes here, not even on the new ones.
     
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    I like the old school sheet metal pans.
    Kind of tricky pouring into my oil jugs for the recycle deal but they clean up easy.
    We are lucky in my city we have 2 HHW (haz. household waste) pickups a year and I just save the old oil in the orig. jugs and they take it away for me :D
     
  18. Nov 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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    the only good thing about having a wife with cats? the big burly plastic jugs the cat litter comes in. i fill them up and run them to the oil drop off as needed.

    i hate the round pan the OP pictured..the entry hole is too small for my 911. that car dumps 9qt from the sump fast. that pan cant keep up. i have a similar pan that is rectangular. works better.
     
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    RickG It seemed like a good idea at the time...

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    That one looks good. I have the one in the first post too and hate it. Caps leak, and it makes a mess if you don't get it positioned just right.
     

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