Car Care: How to Pour Oil

Eliminate oil bottle “burps”

Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to pour oil from a plastic bottle into your car's engine. By holding the container properly, you can actually eliminate those messy gurgles.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Bottle design 101

Ever notice how oil bottles have an “off-center” spout? It's designed that way to cut down on spills. Most people think the spout should be on the bottom side of the bottle as you pour. That's wrong. Because after just a few seconds in that position, the bottle will start to “burp” and spurt oil. To eliminate the “glug, glug, spurt, spurt,” pour with the spout in the “up” position. Yes, that makes it harder to aim, but once you get going, you'll have a smooth stream without any “glugging.”

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