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Old 03-13-2008, 10:37 AM   #1
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Oil drain containers

My 15qt autozone special old container is worn out. None of the plugs and caps seal well anymore so I need to replace it. I am looking for something higher quality than the autozone stuff and I need a minimum capacity of 4gal. It also needs to be sealable so I can take it in for recycling. One suggestion I got was a gas can, but I can't find any short enough. I don't want to dump the oil from a catch pan into the gas can. I'd like to get it all done in one swoop. Having a funnel in the stream isn't a problem other than space. Anyone seen anything?

Having to change oil in 4 vehicles, I am not going to find a one-size-fits-all setup because two are small cars. the others being my bronco and my F-350. So if I have to buy a normal gas can and dump the oil from a catch pan into the gas can, that I guess that's a necessary evil.

I guess I should propose to convert my wife's office into a the upper section to the garage and install a lift...

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Old 03-13-2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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I use empty 5 gal paint buckets as storage containers for oil until its ready to be hauled off. The screw port on top makes it a whole lot easier to pour back out.

Just don't store them outside in direct sunlight for very long, or they will get brittle.
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I use this one,
http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/btz11838.html

15qt. haven't had a problem out of it in the 5 yrs i have owned it. Just keep it out of the sun, that what kills alot of these pans.

Unless you find a metal version(good luck) you ain't got much choice.
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Cody - that's nearly the same one I use. I don't know who made it, although I got it at Autozone. But the pour spout started leaking first. I made a new gasket for that. Now the center plug is stripped and and when I pick it up with 15qts of oil in it, it sucks air in. Then when I set it down, it blows the plug and oil get slopped all over. How many threads does your center plug have? Mine maybe has one, but I noticed the new design at Autozone has many more.

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Old 03-13-2008, 01:44 PM   #5
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I got 2 or 3 atleast, it takes about 4 turns to get it bottomed out. Also about the pour spout, just keep it clean. I found that dirts getting in the way and doesn't allow it to close all the way.
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I gave up on those after the first one went to crap. I wouldn't make that mistake again. I had the same problems with sealing, and it never drains down fast enough. It can't handle a full load of diff fluid, or a tranny pan all at once.
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Well i got one here in Lubbock, and one at my parent's house and they never been much trouble.

I do keep them clean and i like that it drain out the spout slowly as i usually put the used oil back in the jug that i got the new oil out of. That way i can take it to autozone and then throw the jug away.

As for draining in the pan itself, sure it isn't clogged up with trash and dirt??

your tools only work as good as you keep them up. Meaning keep them cleaned and oiled and they will serve you well.
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i've got near the same one that link has but the top is open. same size. holds alot and i usually just pour it into old milk jugs or someting like that and drop them off at a auto parts store they take used oil. that or if you can get a 5 gallon bucket with a top that should last you awhile.
or even better if you have a way to lift it a 55 gallon drum with the top that will last you at least a year and there are lots of places that give the drums away. i know we do at work.
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your tools only work as good as you keep them up. Meaning keep them cleaned and oiled and they will serve you well.

That's why I change my drawers daily.


Fluid catch pans are definitely not universal to everyone's needs. That's why there's so many different options out there. You might check with Jegs/Summit/Etc. to see if they offer anything for a drag team that might be helpful. I've seen some really trick (expensive) pans in the past but I'm about searched out for the day.
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There's only so much you can do with cheap tools. It's like Harbor freight, there are some tools, you really can't go wrong with, but many others you are better off buying name brand.

I checked Summit and Jegs just now, Summit had nothing. Jegs search has a bug in it and I could never get to the 2nd page. I will check back.

Thanks for the help guys. Let me know if you run across something and I will do the same!

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