8 Tips of Cleaning Oil Drain Pan After Oil Change 

It’s not necessary to become a vehicle mechanic to clean the oil drain pan after your vehicle’s oil change. In today’s article, we will provide specific tips that ensure your ability to clean the oil drain pan.

You must be conscious about cleaning your tools and scrubbing oil with plastic scrapers. You also become aware of soaking the oil drain pan with a potent cleaning agent and washing the oil drain pan with high-pressure water.

 At the end of the process, you should dry it with a cloth. By following these tips, you can clean the oil drain pan. Don’t delay; let’s come in an entire article to know this process deeply.

oil drain pan

 Tips for cleaning an oil drain pan after an oil change:

Suppose you clean your oil pan yourself at home after the oil change. So isn’t it interesting? Yes, definitely. Because it will give you an added experience and save you money, you should follow the following tips to save and share the experience. 

1. Equipment Required

When you clean the oil drain pan after changing your car’s dirty oil, the first thing to look for is whether you have the necessary tools for cleaning. So first of all, collect the necessary tools before cleaning. Before removing the oil pan from the engine block for cleaning, ensure you have the following tools.

  • A powerful dishwasher
  • Degrader
  • anger
  • paper towels
  • High-pressure water source 
  • Scraper
  • brush
  • Brake cleaner

 But it is essential to keep them close at hand. However it is not the case that specific clinic agents should be used to clear the pan. But in this case, your awareness and responsibility are the most important. The cleaning agents depend on the oil drain pan of your car, but a lot

depends on the availability of chemicals. Some people use dishwasher liquid or detergent to remove dirt. Someone cleans the oil drain pan by respraying it with brake cleaner.

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2. Use gloves

You can use gloves for your protection while cleaning the oil pan because we use cleaning agents or detergents for cleaning. And these cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals, which can cause blisters on your skin. So put the gloves.

3. Scrape with a plastic scraper

First, remove the oil pan from the car. Then look for oil on the inner metal surface of the oil pan. But you can’t wash it off. Because you first need to scrape off large oily deposits with a plastic scraper. Get some paper towels or rags to wipe the scraped oil residue off the slightly clean, flat surface.

4. Soak it with a potent cleaning agent

First, wipe and scrape the oil pan. Now you can wash it with a strong detergent or another cleaning agent as you wish, but remember not to overdo it. There are two ways to proceed from the second step.

First, spray your oil drain pan with brake cleaner. Then you leave it for some time. This method is slightly less efficient. Because you cannot wipe all irregular surfaces, on the other hand, good rags are supplied.

5. Turn the oil drain upside down: 

Many times it is found that water does not drain easily from the tiny holes inside the oil pan & fumoto oil drain valve. When you place the oil pen upside down, the water will slowly fall. As a result, your drying activities will be easier.

6. Keep the cleaning agent and water ratio right: 

When we clean the oil pan, we will use a mixture of cleanser and water as a cleaner. That’s why the ratio of cleaning agents and water should be fixed. Too little or too much cleaning agent can burn the pan.

 7. Wash with high-pressure water

Rinse your panty thoroughly in soapy water. Then apply a high-pressure pad for a thorough clean. And if soapy water is inside as a result of applying high-pressure water, it will be cleaned.

You can use a brush to clean thoroughly. In this case, using lukewarm water is most beneficial. Detergent can be used in this case. But always remember that nothing is empty.

8. Wipe the pan thoroughly with a cloth. 

Then you will see that the pan is dry. As long as you see the pan oil. Keep wiping until it sticks. After all, the main goal is to remove the chemicals from the oil pan. As a result, the pan will be dry.

 Be careful that the parts like the oil drain plug gasket inside the fan are thoroughly dried because it can be seen that sometimes all the parts inside do not dry. A thin towel can be used for wiping. Also, check for any leaks at the rear of the oil pan.

Oil Drain Pan
Oil Drain Pan


Q. How to remove the stripped oil drain plug?

You can remove a stripped oil drain plug by following some ways. Firstly need to make sure that you order a new drain plug for your car before removing the striped one. Secondly, you use a pair of round jaw vice grip pliers. Thirdly, turn your pliers counterclockwise. At the final time, you’ll feel the drain plug begin to loosen.

Q. What size wrench is for the oil drain plug?

The size wrench for Oil Drain Plug Socket is 3/8 in Drive Size, 17 mm Socket Size, 6-Point,

Q. What is the best way to oil drain?

This is the best way to drain oil. First, you can remove the drain plug with the proper wrench and unscrew it. Second, you need to Hold on to the drain plug as you remove it.

Final thoughts 

We all want our vehicles to last longer. But we spoil the durability of our vehicles due to our ignorance. Because we do not know how to clean the oil drain fan after the oil change, hopefully, after reading today’s tips, you will be able to clean your oil pen yourself at home.

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Rio is a car & motorcycle mechanic who is working with different kinds of problems relating to oil and grease. He is also a passionate technical writer.