Oil drain pans are used during oil changes. The mechanic begins the oil change by sliding the pan under the vehicle. It catches the old oil as it drains out of the engine block. Once it's full, the pan's contents must be drained into an oil receptacle. This homemade oil pan design includes a rubber plug on the bottom to allow for easy drainage. A plastic trash- can bottom serves as the basis for the catch pan.
Things You'll Need
- Large plastic trash can
- Tape measure
- Reciprocating saw
- Medium-grit sandpaper
- 1-inch Hole-cutter drill attachment
- 1-inch Rubber stopper
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Place a large plastic trash can on the floor. Using your tape measure, draw a mark on the trash can 4 inches from the floor. Move the tape measure an inch to the right and add another mark, also 4 inches from the floor. Continue measuring and marking around the circumference of the trash can. Connect the marks to make a ring around the trash can's circumference.
Cut off the bottom of the trash can with a reciprocating saw; use the drawn-on ring as your guide. Discard the top portion of the trash can. The bottom portion of the can will serve as the oil catch pan.
Sand the cut edge of the trash can's bottom using a medium-grit sandpaper. Sand away the sharp edges.
Drill a 1-inch hole through the bottom of the pan. Place the hole approximately 2 inches in from the edge of the pan.
Insert a rubber stopper in the hole on the bottom of the pan. Insert the stopper from the bottom, so you won't need to stick your hand in the oil to pull out the stopper.