Oil filter came off car. Should I clean the spill?

Is it dangerous? It's on the sidewalk by my house. Will it go away eventually? 

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  • 1 month ago

    Auto parts stores have bags of Oil Dry which is baked clay chips which absorb spilled oil. Kitty Litter is the same product only the chips are finer which will absorb faster. *A little tip: Pour a generous amount on the oil spill then use a 10 inch length of 2x4 and using the flat side in the palm of your hand, *grind the oil-dry - Kitty Litter into the oil spill with the opposite flat side of the 2x4. With a little elbow grease the oil patch will be dry within five minutes and you're ready to sweep-up the remainder.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes, as best you can. A "friend" did not get the old filter's gasket off and he lost a lot on start-up, too. I poured a lot of sand and earth over it . A week later, I swept it off. Most had been absorbed. Very hard to get all out of a porous surface like concrete, there is stuff  that  says it "will" sold at  Wal Mart or auto parts jobbers.  Or, U can try Ez  Off  or Gunk..

    Put   sawhorses  over it so children aren't exposed or slip in it.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Oil spill doesn't just clean up easily.  It will be there a long time.  It will be a hazard. 

    HOW did it come to happen that your oil filter fell off? 

    It would likely pump out all the oil before your oil light came on. 

    It would also pump out all the oil before it fell off. 

    This sounds like yet another troll story. 

    Edwena is a jokester. 

    Not likely a jokestress.

  • Erik
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    At least grab a rag and some kind of cleaner and clean it up.

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  • 1 month ago

    It was not put on right. The danger is oil all over the place and if it gets on the exhaust a fire could start, however, without a filter in place the engine will simply pump all the oil out of the crankcase leaving it in an oil starvation condition which can result in serious permanent damage. What might happen first- fire or engine seizing... you don't want either.  Kitty litter can soak up the oil from the ground so you can sweep that up, bag it and dispose of it in an environmentally safe way. Wood ashes are a very good oil stain remover.

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     Usually when a filter is loose, the gasket will blow out and oil will get pumped right out when the engine runs. The oil warning light will come on. For the filter to completely come off takes awhile. Do you have an enemy- jilted lover or something? Some mean bastard took the filter off for a dirty trick, is a possibility. Make sure that was the right filter for your car, then press the gasket in place and reinstall the filter. Fill the oil back up. Let the engine run a few minutes and make sure the filter isn't leaking before you try driving.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Go and buy a bag of kitty litter and spread it over the spill, sweep it up the next day.

  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Put the filter back on but not tight.  You want to have a slight oil drip so that you never have to completely change the oil.  With a drip, all you have to do is add oil.  You should be able to look at the size of the oil puddle and get it to be about 1 quart every 2 months.  That is the same as a yearly oil change which is what is recommended.

  • 1 month ago

    You can be fined for improper disposal if you leave it.

    @Edwena Are you high? That is absolutely the wrong thing to do.

  • 1 month ago

    Depends if you live in the ghetto or suburbs

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