So I gotta clean oil off of the concrete slab in front of the garage.
See, MC’s car was due for an oil change.
No big deal, right?
I had her drive over (10 minutes), put out the Rhino Ramps (highly recommended), put the oil drain pan under the car, (making sure to pull the plug in the center of the drain area) and pulled the drain plug from the oil pan…which was, of course, hot after 10 minutes of driving. (I could have waited 15 minutes, but why?). Dropped the plug into the oil catch pan, and damned if it didn’t go DIRECTLY into the hole that drains the oil from the catch area to the inside…and fit tightly enough that the hole was essentially plugged. . Now, the car holds 4.7(ish) quarts and the oil catch area in the pan holds maybe 2.5……and the level of the catchment area was rising fast. Tried stirring the hot pool of oil with the wrench to dislodge the plug, but no joy.
FuckIt. Put my hand into the 200 degree oil and pulled the bolt out of the drain hole in the pan. Damn, that is hot. Not burnt skin, , but scorched. Like putting your hand into boiling water that sticks…..
I’ve done hundred of oil changes over the years. Never had a drain plug from the car hit the hole in the pan dead center and essentially plug it up perfectly like that. But some oil did escape from the catch pan as it tried to overflow.
The rest of the oil change went as expected. (I expect that Imp that is designated to screw with me got bored at that point, and left to make other mayhem elsewhere) Simple and clean. Quality oil and a quality filter. Checked the air filter and logged the date. Simple.
Of course, now I gotta get out the Dawn and scrub the concrete.
At least I know that the oil change is done right, not half-assed by some untrained minimum wage shop monkey who doesn’t care and who may or may not have used an impact to overtighten the drain plug or the (cheap) oil filter and may or may not have put the right amount of the correct oil in.
But damn, that oil is hot.
And I was at O’reilley’s auto and they had THIS oil drain pan on sale. The drain bolt won’t be an issue with this pan. and it will hold enogh to let me change the 3 gallon oil pan in my 6.7 cummins.