Hello everyone and welcome back to our series of short articles on building a tool set for the new weekend warrior auto mechanic. In past articles we covered some of the tools that you will want to be sure to include and what to look for when buying them. In today’s article I’m going to discuss the most overlooked tool in any mechanics collection and that is the funnel. Funnels are so useful in auto mechanics that’s it’s sickening to think about the fact that they are normally about $1 and yet I hear about how every time someone needs one they don’t have one.clickfunnels pricing page
When buying funnels for your own use, I like to recommend that you buy three different styles. The first is the common short tapered funnel. This is the type of funnel that you typically think of with a large wide mouth at the top and a short spout. You’ll use this funnel for oil changes, or filling your coolant. The second type of funnel that I recommend is the long taper funnel. They are typically 8 to 14 inches in length and have a 3 to 5 inch wide opening at the top of the mouth. These are great funnels for filling things like power steering fluid, transmission fluid, etc. The third kind of funnel to buy is a flexible shaft funnel. These are typically always made of out metal and the bottom end of the funnel is bendable to get around firewalls and various other bends. It’s also very small at the flexible end to fit into smaller openings.
Now, no matter which funnel you use make sure that you clean the funnel well after each and every use. Typically water based fluids like radiator fluid is not compatible with the variety of oil based fluids your car uses and should not be cross contaminated. This is also why I always store funnels with the wide mouth end facing down as it helps prevent debris from falling into the funnel in between uses.