Have you ever experienced draining your engine's oil only to find yourself staggering all over your house looking for a container? As much as you would like to cut cost and just utilize the bowls you use at home, it is strongly advised that you don't. It will only present a health hazard once the bowls you previously used for an oil change is also used to serve food. To be extra sure that this will never happen, you should invest in a drain pan. It's not that pricey, and the money you will spend will ensure your and your family's safety. Take note of the following things when shopping for a drain pan.
Drain pan size and design
When you go to your local auto supply store, you will be surprised to see a wide selection of designs and sizes. Your choice will depend on your usage and the amount of fluids you are planning to bleed. The important thing to remember is that, in this case, bigger is indeed better. You should not experience any shortage on space when draining liquids.
Drain pan material
Drain pan material is either stainless steel or plastic. If you are planning to drain non-corrosive liquids such as brake fluid, alkaline-based engine coolant, and power steering fluid; you can most definitely use a steel pan. However, if you are going to bleed out the gear oil, battery electrolyte, and fuel-these substances are corrosive-it is more advisable to use a drain pan made of plastic.
A good rule of thumb, though, is to invest in a plastic drain pan. With proper storage and maintenance, it can last as long as a steel one. And you will also never have to worry about interchanging your pans according to use, or your liquids being contaminated by rust and other foreign substances brought about by corrosion.