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Old 08-06-2013, 09:24   #1
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Oil Absorption Pads


He a teeny-tiny oil leak from the oil pan of our Volvo Penta MD6A diesel (a micro-crack in the oil pan). The engine bed has an integral collection pan which collects it there. I know that you can buy specially-made pads at marine store to absord this, but are there any good alternatives to these pads?

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It's the water and oil that makes the pads at marine stores the best. Any thing will soak up oil but not soaking up the water is the trick. If you find something cheaper , let us all know.. Guess thats what you are asking, huh?

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Re: Oil Absorption Pads

The 3M pads are the best for this. One sheet can absorb a gallon of oil and costs <$2. They are reusable by wringing the absorbed oil out (if you wish to).

Where these pads really shine is the final cleanup - when you put some water and a bit of soap in the pan and scrub with the pads. All that is left at the end is clean water and a clean pan - all the oil goes into the pad.

$2 - how cheap do you want to go to clean up such a mess? If you need to save more money, buy the sausage roll that consists of several of these pads rolled up and cut them free of the mesh. This lowers the cost to around $1/pad.

Don't know of any reasonable alternative any cheaper.


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I put two baby wipes in my pan.Have small leak also.About $3 for 75 I think.marc
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Fix the leak. If you know that there is a micro-crack in the pan, locate it and smear the area with marine-tex. It is a much better solution and is environmentally friendly.

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Fix the leak.
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I just bought 100 oil absorbent pads for $45 from my hydraulic hose maker--gives you an idea on the markup at the marine store.
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Re: Oil Absorption Pads

We buy oil pads from a number of online sources and usually buy 100 at a time for a fraction of what we would pay at a marine supply or even an auto supply store. Chuck

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