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How can I avoid taking a drill to three oil pans?

Asked by johnpowell (17844points) September 17th, 2016

I went out for a smoke on my porch and just noticed this.

http://imgur.com/a/58bXX

The first is a big ass van from the 70’s. The other two are sedans from 2000+.

This is making me ill. I live next to these idiots. They are all college kids and I was wondering how to inform them that gaskets are a thing.

Part of me just wants to drill through the oil pan at 4am to force action.

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kritiper's avatar

Buy some big oil drip pans, fill with cat litter and place under the leaking engines. Gaskets are a thing but the leaks might be (probably are) valve covers. Put a friendly note on the windshields informing owners that 1 quart of oil dripped into the ground water pollutes 250,000 gallons of water.
But don’t get your hopes up about getting the leaks fixed. I knew a guy who had a Nissan 4X4 pickup that had lost a front seal. It seemed easier for him to just dump 2 to 3 quarts of oil into it each day. (WHAT a mess!!)

Seek's avatar

Automobile repairs are very expensive, especially on a college-kid budget. I’ve driven several cars for years with bad gaskets I couldn’t afford to replace, because money was a thing I didn’t have.

I did get into the habit of putting a dishpan underneath the leak and pouring the oil back into the car, though.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

That was probably one car hitting all three spots.

Seek's avatar

Ugh, and old vans are about impossible to find parts for, or a mechanic that knows how to take them apart. I just had to junk an 80s van because no one would touch it with a ten foot pole.

johnpowell's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me :: Parking is assigned. I know exactly who parks where.

Normally I nap and my anger goes away. For some reason this is just intensifying. Fix your fucking car. When it i starts raining this shit is going to hit the drains and make the fish I would like to catch toxic.

Seek's avatar

LIES. I know you don’t eat fish. Fish sticks don’t count.

johnpowell's avatar

Whoa…. I like fishing and eating what I catch. It needs to be fresh out of the river or breaded for me to eat it.

I really hate the fish section at stores like Safeway. If it smells bad I don’t want it in my mouth. River fish doesn’t smell so I will gut that and toss in some lemon slices and wrap in foil and bake. Delicious.

Seek's avatar

That’s me corrected. Carry on.

johnpowell's avatar

Seek.. If you ever take me up on my offer to apartment-sit while I take my mom on a vacation we can all go up the river and go fishing before we go. It is pretty fantastic if you like trout.

YARNLADY's avatar

The best solution is to call a mobile car repair and pay them to come over and fix the cars.

If you can’t afford it, probably the owners can’t either.

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