Maintenance Matters

August 2000 Issue

Oil Gadgets

Picking the right oil is one thing, getting it where it belongs is another.

[IMGCAP(1)] Just as the dropped slice of bread inevitably lands buttered-side down, when you put a quart of oil into your engine, you’ll probably get a few drops—maybe much more than a few drops—where you don’t want them and the rest inside the crankcase, where it belongs.

We’ve seen pilots and mechanics use all sorts of funnels, plastic gadgets and harsh invective while doing the dirty deed, so we asked around to see if there are any failsafe secrets on adding a quart or two of oil.

Mechanics tend to use tricks useful only in the shop—mainly large plastic funnels complete with a drain bucket or pan—so we asked pilots what they expected from a good spout, listened to their recommendat...

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