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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 09:28 PM
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MityVac has float valve, that prevents overfilling. I just tested it when I had about a quart of old oil in it and my diesel still hold 8 quarts for last 7000 miles.
In my area recycles take old oil in milk bottles, so I usually fill up about 1/2 of MityVac and reverse it to fill up the bottle and than go back to vacuuming the engine. This way I have better visual control about oil level and the pump is easier to carry.
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Milk bottles? You guys in No Cal are truly fortunate. Here in So Cal, every recycler (auto parts store) I've been to requires that I bring the old oil in an "official oil recycling container". "Fortunately", these robber barrons just happen to sell "official" 3 gallon plastic containers for $10 each. If I show up with a full topsider they won't take the oil. So it's pull the oil from der Benz to der sider, and pour ze oil from der sider to ze official plasteek kontainer.
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My local garbage company (BFI) is pretty good on recycling. I pay for 32 gal trash can and they empty total of 120 gal recycling cans with it.
Officially they deliver container for used oil. They are milk bottles with their label on it. I got tired of calling them every other week (they deliver only 2 at the time, when my motorhome drains 8 gallons).
Anyway. I started putting the oil in old milk bottles and the guy takes them.
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I remember asking the fellow at gas station down the road what sort of container to use.

He looked at me slightly queer and said "one that doesn't leak."
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I have been seeing recent posts that it is better to drain your oil the old-fashioned way. The reasoning is that the oil pumps miss some of the sludgy crud that might be hiding in the bottom of the system. That said, good luck in your quest.
When you look at the drain plug area, it is not at the lowest point of the pan, because of the female threads needed for the plug, so how is "the sludgy crud" going to come out?
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Milk bottles? You guys in No Cal are truly fortunate. Here in So Cal, every recycler (auto parts store) I've been to requires that I bring the old oil in an "official oil recycling container". "Fortunately", these robber barrons just happen to sell "official" 3 gallon plastic containers for $10 each. If I show up with a full topsider they won't take the oil. So it's pull the oil from der Benz to der sider, and pour ze oil from der sider to ze official plasteek kontainer.
since when was your last oil change? My local Sears and Kragen shop in Anaheim just take in whatever container I bring it in.

So far Ive brought it in old Tide Liquid jugs. I like the Tide jugs since theyre big, handy, and has 2 openings. I even have the option to pour the used oil in their drum (so I can re-use the container) or just leave it by their door

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since when was your last oil change? My local Sears and Kragen shop in Anaheim just take in whatever container I bring it in.

So far Ive brought it in old Tide Liquid jugs. I like the Tide jugs since theyre big, handy, and has 2 openings. I even have the option to pour the used oil in their drum (so I can re-use the container) or just leave it by their door
My last oil change was on January 5th 2007. I use Kragen as a recycler. There are two Kragen auto parts stores in Santa Clarita (60 miles north of Anaheim), and neither store will accept oil unless it's in an approved container. I used to use a 5 gallon gas can to bring in my used oil. About 3 years ago I was told by the clerks at both Kragen stores that they can no longer accept oil in anything unless it has the "official symbol" on it. This is what the symbol looks like:



Their solution was to sell me this container. It wouldn't surprise me if one guy owns both franchises and decided a new store policy might positively impact container sales. Oh well. A one time $10 fee beats wondering what to do with 2 gallons of oil.

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