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Safe disposal of old car fluids?
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36910 posts
Hi car nerds,

I have some old (~10 years) bottles of mystery car goop in varying sizes (up to 4L I think). I've read that after this long they might have degraded so are no longer effective at their purpose.

I have no use for these whatsoever and want to get rid of them but am reluctant to throw them out as I assume they are all chemically and stuff. Some of them make mention of safe disposal after use, which I assume means you should dispose of it safely before use as well.

Any advice appreciated.
09:05am 23/04/13 Permalink
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Rdizz
Germany
2410 posts
i used my old car oil as weed killer worked like a champ. If you dont want to do that there are bins for it at the local tip
09:14am 23/04/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36911 posts
ah nice. I read that and didn't scroll down to see the 'Garage' section - thanks.
09:15am 23/04/13 Permalink
orbitor
Brisbane, Queensland
8952 posts
another option is take it to a friendly mechanic (maybe where you get your car serviced?) and they can dispose of it with the rest of their stuff. I did this with a bunch of oils and coolant and they just took it for free.

oh yeah and no way should you use something random that's been sitting around for 10 years in your car.
09:22am 23/04/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36912 posts
I don't think I've ever even opened the bonnet of my car in the ~8 years I've had it; I wouldn't know where to put anything :)
09:38am 23/04/13 Permalink
orbitor
Brisbane, Queensland
8953 posts
why on earth do you even have these fluids then? :)

ps. you should check your oil levels every 2 weeks. Beats buying a new engine/car.
09:47am 23/04/13 Permalink
Tiny
Brisbane, Queensland
3366 posts
Troggles, all the dumps I have been to have a safe hazardous waste disposal area. I wouldn't imagine it would cost to much if the rates are the same as other waste types.
11:18am 23/04/13 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
6506 posts
why on earth do you even have these fluids then? :)ps. you should check your oil levels every 2 weeks. Beats buying a new engine/car.

When i was an apprentice we had this isuzu ute which hadn't been serviced in years. When one of the other apprentices went to service it, no fluid came out after dropping the sump plug.

Even after putting in fresh oil and the rest sounded exactly as crap as it always did but eh, it was 15 years old and still running without having oil probably for 5 of those!

Not something i recommend but i wouldn't ever check oil ever 2 weeks. Maybe every 2 months. The sump is there to give you plenty of buffer and if your car isn't dripping on the floor, or burning it out the back of the exhaust, then you know it can't have gone too far.

Of course im running a new car so i don't care, 100 dollar max service cost, warranty to last my ownership of it.

Edit: sorry i think you can probably dispose of some fluids at autobahn or repco sometimes. Usually better would be just to give it to a local mechanic though.
11:26am 23/04/13 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
4081 posts
Finish cleaning out your desk, (finally), then create a bonfire of the items you would have given away using the oil as fuel.

Post pics to tease us.
09:05pm 23/04/13 Permalink
DK
Brisbane, Queensland
829 posts
Stick your d*** in it
09:13pm 23/04/13 Permalink
Zen Apathy
Brisbane, Queensland
3642 posts
When i was an apprentice we had this isuzu ute which hadn't been serviced in years. When one of the other apprentices went to service it, no fluid came out after dropping the sump plug. Even after putting in fresh oil and the rest sounded exactly as crap as it always did but eh, it was 15 years old and still running without having oil probably for 5 of those!

That's because Isuzu's are awesome. I have a Gemini that I have treated less then well at times. It's 28 years old and still goes great.
09:28pm 23/04/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36917 posts
why on earth do you even have these fluids then? :)ps. you should check your oil levels every 2 weeks. Beats buying a new engine/car.
They are from my old broken ass car where they were required regularly to keep it mobile!
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