|A coffee container seemed ideal for catching oil drained from my Royal Enfield.|
Just before starting I pour the oil I've collected back into the oil tank. Naturally, I want this oil to stay as clean as possible, so I can't use the filthy oil pan I keep for oil changes. Generally, this means I use some discarded but clean plastic food container.
Trouble is, those last few drops of oil from the sump don't tend to drop straight down into the yogurt cup or whatever other small container I've pressed into service: instead, they tend to run along the bottom of the motor, collect and then drop at will onto the garage floor.
I need a larger container to catch those drips, ideally one with a lid to keep it clean between uses.
You might recall that I once followed an on-line tip suggesting cutting down a plastic milk jug for this use. I tried it. No good. Aside from not having a lid (once cut open to make it wide enough to collect oil), it turns out that today's milk jugs are so flimsy that, when cut in half, they go all willowy and are hard to pour.
But aha! Taking out the recycling the other day I noticed the heavy duty construction of the wide-mouthed Folger's plastic coffee container. Here, it seemed, was the perfect container.
So clever did I feel that I cut a V-shaped slot into the can lip to facilitate pouring the oil back into the motorcycle.
|Last few drops of oil run from hole along bottom of motor and miss the can!|
Only on attempting to return the oil to the oil tank did I realize the Folger's can was too wide to reach the oil filler opening. It banged into the motor and air filter housing. Only with a funnel was I able to catch the oil safely as I poured.
|This isn't working! The can is too wide to get over the oil filler without a funnel.|