How many of you have done something different, and then wondered why didn’t I do that before? In this case, it was something simple.
Our van was due for an oil change, although I am still trying to figure out how we put over 50,000 miles on something we have only had for two years. I just did the change in my driveway, the same as normal. The difference is this time I used nitrile rubber gloves. The last time I tried using disposable gloves when working on a car, they were just cheap latex type gloves, and they pretty much dissolved on me. Nitrile is much more resistant to automotive chemicals. If you are bored, or just a geek like me, you can read more here.
Maybe part of the reason I haven’t tried them before is because I learned to work on cars from my dad, and he never bothered with gloves. Or maybe because when I tried other rubber gloves they didn’t hold up.
But with these, it sure made cleaning my hands afterwards easier. I would definitely recommend using them when working on a car. They are thin enough to not really get in the way, although I can see where some times it would be easier to get a bolt in or out without them. But for the most part, I am going to be using them going forward working on cars since they make cleanup much easier. Plus I am sure getting all that oil, grease etc on my skin is probably not a good thing.
The moral of all this, don’t be afraid to try something new in the garage, you may just end up thinking, why didn’t i do that before?