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Old 04-09-2019, 05:50 PM
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What have you guys found to be the best oil drain pan?

I purchased this 10 qt thinking it would be easy to take take the old oil in to be recycled. But I'm concerned with oil splashing.





With the flow rate of 8-9 quarts of oil rushing out of the crankcase drain plug, I am wondering if this 5 gal one would be better?

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Old 04-09-2019, 07:07 PM
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I found one with a deep lip like your second example contains the oil splatter better when you drain from the the oil plug next to the fender... And then the small amount from the crank case afterward.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:56 PM
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The first definitely looks like a spatterer. I have one like the second which works well enough for draining but not disposal - the cap isn't great and it can leak when oil sloshes up into the spout and then gets stuck where it turns down. It's also awkward. I dump the pan into a 5 gallon fuel can and take that to get recycled.

All got much easier with a lift and one of these, but I still use the 5 gallon can.
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I use the same one as in your second picture. The best oil pan I ever used because of the lip around the circumference that curves inside. Catches all the oil gushing out and direct it within the pan instead of spilling all over the place. And it has big enough capacity for any car. After the drainage, the spout is also handy for emptying it into any container for recycling.
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:51 PM
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I have the top one and it doesn't splatter, at least not unless you've jacked up the car several feet above it, which you shouldn't. Works great.
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3.5 gl paint bucket from lowes, came with lid and handle!
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Hmmm..???

I have one that looks like your first image - BUT!!! - It also was a circular low profile "drain pan" similar to what I see in your second image that screws into the flat - although lower profile? Yes - it's also curled lip, so splashes go inwards (or what doesn't run down my arm as I unscrew the drain plug - just sayin'?? )? I think I bought it years ago at Federated Auto Parts locally - and if you want a pic, I'll try to snap one for you tomorrow...

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I use one of these Home Depot cement mixing tubs because I already had it in my garage:
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See,,, The Home Depot can be slipped into most any car-related discussion!

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Originally Posted by k722070 View Post
3.5 gl paint bucket from lowes, came with lid and handle!
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I use a plastic pail that we bought years ago from the dollar store. It nicely captures the torrent of oil without splashing over the sides. Its just tall enough to sit under the drain plug when my car is on stands too.
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Originally Posted by pp000830 View Post
I use one of these Home Depot cement mixing tubs because I already had it in my garage:
Tub Picture

See,,, The Home Depot can be slipped into most any car-related discussion!

Andy
The Home Depot one is not a Porsche quality drain pan. The Snap On cement mixing tub is very high quality and doesn't distort the oil flow from the drain plug.



Seriously doe. The Home Depot tub is a must. I used it to XYLENE my undercarriage.

Best,

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Originally Posted by paulkromz View Post
The Home Depot one is not a Porsche quality drain pan. The Snap On cement mixing tub is very high quality and doesn't distort the oil flow from the drain plug.



Seriously doe. The Home Depot tub is a must. I used it to XYLENE my undercarriage.

Best,

Paul
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:22 AM
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Thanks all. Now I'm more confused than before.

And Paul, isn't XYLENE a little harsh on your undercarriage? You know, they do make flushable wipes now.
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I have a round 10qt oil container. The drain hole plug is not that big.

Be careful using it because, as another poster said, the drain hole on the container may be too small to accommodate the flow rate draining from the sump tank. Just be aware of it 1st time using it.
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Originally Posted by pp000830 View Post
I use one of these Home Depot cement mixing tubs because I already had it in my garage:
Tub Picture

See,,, The Home Depot can be slipped into most any car-related discussion!

Andy
kind of a silly thread, but you and I are nearly aligned.
i use the tubs to catch soapy water when cleaning suspension bits.
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