… oil cans? and metal spouts?
As I went to cut the lawn the other day, I did a ritual. I pulled out the dipstick on the lawn mower to check the oil. I was good to go, but had I been down a bit, I could go to the shelf in the garage and unscrew the cap on a plastic litre of Pennzoil and top it up.
Checking oil in the car is equally as important.
But, the procedures are certainly different today. Years ago, we didn’t have the self-serve stations that we have today. You’d pull in and a typical instruction to the attendant would be
Fill ‘er up and check the oil
And, unlike today, there were often times when you’d need to add oil. The attendant would go over to a stack of metal cans and grab you a quart. But, there were no screw tops. It was just a can and the attendent would have to puncture the top with a metal spout after lifting the hood on your car and pouring. I remember the car manual warning against overfilling but, for all the times I had to add oil, I don’t ever recall being told that I didn’t need that full quart.
For a Sunday, your thoughts…
- do you remember a time when oil came in quart cans instead of plastic litres?
- did you / do you have a preference in oil brands?
- have you ever used a metal can with a metal spout yourself?
- how do you determine when it’s time to change your oil?
- from the sticker left on your windshield
- according to manufacturer’s recommendations
- when the computer on your dashboard says it’s time
- when the engine starts smoking
How about sharing your thoughts via comment below?