Today I was driving back from a long distance and I thought I needed to top off my transmission fluid. I did not have the handy long funnel that I bought some time ago because someone borrowed it and never returned it.
Now I have seen some cars that make it easy for you to top off your transmission fluid…..but mine does not. Arrgh! So I had to play like McGyver (what’s he doing with that thing?) and try to make a funnel out of the things I had handy. I got a sheet of paper and twisted it up to make a funnel. I then pushed the end of the paper into the opening at the top of the tube for the transmission fluid. I widened the end that was facing up so that I would have a nice opening to pour the fluid in. This allowed me to pour the transmission fluid into the space I was not able to reach earlier.
Well that is what should have happened in theory. In reality the space for my transmission fluid is in such an awkward place that I was not really able to get the fluid in. So I had to go in to the nearby gas station to get one of those paper funnels. The paper funnel from the gas station was not long enough so I still had to put my ‘McGyver’ funnel into the gas station funnel to make it work.
I loved the funnel from the gas station so much that I just had to take more than one…..but the cashier said it was okay (while laughing at me.)
So…..the moral of the story is that you can make a funnel using a single sheet of paper that should get you out of an emergency situation.
Well unless you have a car like mine with really awkward positioning of your fluid intake.
Yep, been there, done that.
The other one I used to do is when I had a really old car with a leak in the oil pan, I used to put a drip pan under it when I parked and then pour it back when I went somewhere. For an oil funnel for pouring the oil back in, I cut the bottom off of a quart of oil and used the rest.
Oh yes, those were the days.
If you only had the one real MacGyver multitool…
Shawn…..oh wherever did you get that McGyver thing. LOL
Now Jagular I have no idea what to say to you. Ghetto comes to mind. Your comment made me laugh sooooooooooooo much. Now I can’t get the visual out of my head. I see you stuck in an endless loop putting oil in every day.
You just wouldn’t believe the stories I can tell. One time I will have to tell the story of my adventures of trading a car in at the used car lot.
10 Years later…we’re still waiting for that story!