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My Spider has always leaked a little oil since I have owned it.

I was think of getting something like this:


Anyone use this or what do you recommend for protecting your garage floor from oil leaks?

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You could grab some brand name pig mats. You can get a roll of them at any Napa or autozone. Highly absorbent. Probably only have to pick up and replace one every week or two. That’s a more temporary option.

Another option is to enamel coat your garage floor, it won’t stop the leaks obviously but it’ll keep them from soaking into the cement. Rustoleum makes a do it yourself full floor coating for like $120 at Home Depot, can be all done on a productive Sunday.
 

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You could grab some brand name pig mats. You can get a roll of them at any Napa or autozone. Highly absorbent. Probably only have to pick up and replace one every week or two. That’s a more temporary option.

Another option is to enamel coat your garage floor, it won’t stop the leaks obviously but it’ll keep them from soaking into the cement. Rustoleum makes a do it yourself full floor coating for like $120 at Home Depot, can be all done on a productive Sunday.

 

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My Spider has always leaked a little oil since I have owned it.
All of our Alfas leak. Sometimes more than just a little. I personally don't like something thats too dark and absorbent that it masks the volume of leaking oil, which as an Alfa owner, you've learned to constantly monitor. I use old cardboard boxes, but have at times used Ken's idea.
 

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All of our Alfas leak. Sometimes more than just a little. I personally don't like something thats too dark and absorbent that it masks the volume of leaking oil, which as an Alfa owner, you've learned to constantly monitor. I use old cardboard boxes, but have at times used Ken's idea.
Eventual project is to stop the oil leak.
 

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Eventual project is to stop the oil leak.
I too would like to have a leak free Alfa. My leaks are from the rear main seal and the transmission needs to be re sealed and fix second gear Synchro’s. I am saving my money for the repairs. Until then the double pan works great. Of course I find many other use for them when doing any job the requires fluids.


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Because of the ribs in the bottom, hard to deal with. You do not want to hose off chemicals and oil on to your property and down the city streets. You want to absorb the liquid and through it away.


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Good point.

Never thought of that.

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I park on a 5' X 7' rug that I used to have in my living room... with a bit of cardboard under the very front of the car. Of course, I have to memorize the old stains once I make a repair... so maybe not the best method, but definitely more glamorous than some....
 

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Yes....I also use cardboard. All the oil gets absorbed. But you still notice everything thats new. Eventually you toss all the old cardboard in the trash and start fresh. Its a great and inexpensive way of monitoring the health of your Alfa.
 

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Because of the ribs in the bottom, hard to deal with. You do not want to hose off chemicals and oil on to your property and down the city streets. You want to absorb the liquid and through it away.


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An inch of absorbent would work nice in that pan fwiw.
 

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I too would like to have a leak free Alfa. My leaks are from the rear main seal and the transmission needs to be re sealed and fix second gear Synchro’s. I am saving my money for the repairs. Until then the double pan works great. Of course I find many other use for them when doing any job the requires fluids.


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Even an engine out reseal won't guarantee a totally leak free alfa. Just rebuilt my motor and I get a bit of seepage from the cigarette seals/rear main and front timing cover. They were just designed with a lot of potential leak points.

I've settled on cardboard boxes (recycled amazon purchases and the like) as they are disposable and provide a good reference for the amount that leaks. Sometimes I feel like the leakages are the reason why Alfa designed the Nord motors with such large oil pans.
 

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There has been a lot of techniques and methods on how and why we use different types of ways to catch oil dripping form our cars. I will say I use both the metal oil pans and cardboard.
Metal pans - easy clean up, it does not absorb so you can Determine how much fluid has leaked and what type, place under tire or break calipers while bleeding break, draining your oil, removing the oil filter & radiator fluid. The list can go on.
Cardboard is good to lay on while working on the ground.


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