I bought some special funnels that connect directly into the oil fill openings on the Ford, BMW and Bentley. Makes it a lot easier to fill the engine. Then I keep each one in a sealed plastic container. Keeps dirt off the funnel, oil off anything else.
Those funnels look pretty gnarly! I’ve had the same funnel for over 30 years (drain pan too) and it doesn’t look anything like those pictured. I use paper towels during oil changes and wipe out the funnel before and after use. I’ve washed it with simple green once in a while but that’s it. It does have a patina about it but it’s clean as can be before the oil starts flowing.
Same here. Since Amsoil is so pricey, I try not to waste a drop. So the oil caddy does double-duty as funnel drip collector, and just-recently-used oil bottle collector. 5 or 6 receipt points on it for differing funnel (with clear vinyl hose extension) and bottle sizes, since some of the FWD vehicles have weird transmission fill locations.
I just use a clean big-enough plastic bin with a lid, add a few clean rags in the bottom. Then you just drop the funnels in and snap the lid on. They will stay clean and drain into the rags. By the way, did that blue funnel come from your urologists office ?
Excellent article, even if some of the boys are ribbing you about the dirty funnels (they are pretty dirty lol). I have something similar, but mine are simply a U bolt attached to the side of 1 workbench which drains into empty clear jugs (I have two,1 for clean product & 1 for used). When full they either (as you said) go to the re-cycler or in my oil cans.
Cool idea... Now can somebody share an idea for manual grease gun storage? Mine inevitably leak oil out of the "rod" end and sometimes also weep from the top (business) end, no matter what I do. I've thought of a section of plastic gutter mounted to the wall with the guns suspended (racked) above it...
Eventually after many cartridges some grease will collect behind the plunger and come out the rod hole. Periodically cleaning it out between cartridges should solve it. As for the Zerk end, anytime I need a pinch of grease to smear on anything I'll retrieve some from the coupling which always seems to be full, but never gets to drip. Hope this helps.