Heres’ the latest reader question, along with my reply!
TOF asks: I like to change my own oil but it’s becoming difficult to find a place to hand off the old oil to. The service station I used to give it to was torn down and became a gas station/mini-mart and no longer accepts used motor oil. I don’t want to just toss the old oil into the dumpster but I also don’t want to have it in my garage, either. What do you do with your used motor oil?
My reply: Well, I’m lucky in that I have two good friends who are professional mechanics and need used oil – to heat their shops.They have oil-burning furnaces, so I have a place to deposit the oil.
If you have a shop nearby, you might ask the whether they’d like your free fuel. My bet is they’ll say yes.
Failing that, find another service station that will accept oil for recycling. You may need to drive farther, and that can be a problem if you haven’t got suitable containers for the oil. I’d invest in a drain pan with a lid and a sealable spout. These are the big round things you can find at any auto parts store. They’re very stable and so less apt to spill if you have to hit the brakes suddenly or swerve while you are transporting the old oil. They’re also easier to empty without making a mess.
Hope this helped!
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