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    Its not a welding related problem but it did happen on my welding rig. Went to fill up the windshield washer reservoir and quickly grabbed the right container but forgot that I had used it recently to hold some extra motor oil.(long story) So before I could say,"Way to go stupid", I had poured oil into the windshield reservoir. I've tried pulling the reservoir out but its a Dodge and its in there good. So, any suggestions? Is there a product that will break down the remaining oil film after I drain it?

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    oil and water in reservoir

    Try dish soap in your windshield wiper reservoir.
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    • #3
      Yup theres a product.....

      I would remove the tank, flush it with denatured alchol, then wash it with dawn liquid detergent. U might just get away with the dawn, remove the tank, pour in some dawn, then use the hottest water u can get from the tap, shake it up, drain repeat. When oil gets in the coolant system in gas/diesel engines I use dawn to clean them out, work awesome.
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      • #4
        Right on guys! I knew I could count on forum members to come up with some good suggestions. In fact, isn't that what the clean-up crews use on the waterfoul after an oilspill? Although I'm not looking for something gentle for my feathers, dish detergent will likely do. And the weather has warmed up some, so its a good time to get at it. Thanks again! Bob.

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        • #5
          Dish soap should work great. Also a product that's on most supermarket shelves the we use to use in the oxygen and diving business called "Simple Green" will do the trick. ZEP company makes a great degreaser as well. Try takin off the feed hose to the pump to avoid getting oil up in the pump. But if there was water in the reservoir then the oil will sit on top of this water and you should be able to extract it from the tank. There is a paper towel type of material we commonly call "diapers" that are specifically made to suck up the oil and leave the water. They also use these for oil spills and associated clean up. You can get them at NAPA and other auto stores. Good luck. This should go pretty well I think. Unlike me who dumped about 17 gallons of 91 octane into a diesel tank one day....
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          • #6
            Originally posted by captkipp View Post
            Dish soap should work great. Also a product that's on most supermarket shelves the we use to use in the oxygen and diving business called "Simple Green" will do the trick. ZEP company makes a great degreaser as well. Try takin off the feed hose to the pump to avoid getting oil up in the pump. But if there was water in the reservoir then the oil will sit on top of this water and you should be able to extract it from the tank. There is a paper towel type of material we commonly call "diapers" that are specifically made to suck up the oil and leave the water. They also use these for oil spills and associated clean up. You can get them at NAPA and other auto stores. Good luck. This should go pretty well I think. Unlike me who dumped about 17 gallons of 91 octane into a diesel tank one day....
            Seen that Zep stuff at home Depot so if Dawn doesn't work it'll be good to know. Pretty sure you're not the first guy to put gas in a diesel tank, but not too many would talk publicly. I'm sure that was a bigger fix than what I have on my hands. Thanks captain.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cornerstone View Post
              Its not a welding related problem but it did happen on my welding rig. Went to fill up the windshield washer reservoir and quickly grabbed the right container but forgot that I had used it recently to hold some extra motor oil.(long story) So before I could say,"Way to go stupid", I had poured oil into the windshield reservoir. I've tried pulling the reservoir out but its a Dodge and its in there good. So, any suggestions? Is there a product that will break down the remaining oil film after I drain it?
              Cutting torch, Duh!

              Oh, you just got demoted from Parade mechanic.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rig Hand View Post
                Cutting torch, Duh!

                Oh, you just got demoted from Parade mechanic.
                Oh, you just gotta be a welder!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cornerstone View Post
                  Oh, you just gotta be a welder!
                  How does that song go "Well he use to be a pretty nice feller, but now, he's a welder" LOL
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rig Hand View Post
                    How does that song go "Well he use to be a pretty nice feller, but now, he's a welder" LOL
                    LMAO, more like the song "I was a big man yesterday, but boy you should see me now".
                    Which reminds me of a stunt I pulled, recently I was preparing my chainsaw for a project, proceeded to fill the oil reservoir w/the chain oil, noticed it took quiet a bit of oil, the reason.... was the fuel tank. Some days it just doesn't pay to chew through the restraints.
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                    • #11
                      Alot of guys confessing goof-ups here.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rig Hand View Post
                        How does that song go "Well he use to be a pretty nice feller, but now, he's a welder" LOL
                        Thought it went,"Well he used to be a pretty feller, but now he's a nice welder" lol

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                        • #13
                          Goof Ups

                          When I was in my Teens, I put Tranny fluid in the Brake Reservoir
                          long time ago !

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nfinch86 View Post
                            When I was in my Teens, I put Tranny fluid in the Brake Reservoir
                            long time ago !

                            ............ Norm
                            my dad put engine oil in the brake reservoir a couple years ago... He ended up replacing almost the entire braking system...
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                            • #15
                              Yep, Me too !

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