Region: Central Florida
Car #: 40
Year : 1991 Posts: 393
So hypothetically, if say a bit less than a gallon of 10W30 got loose inside a street car due to a cracked jug (which may or may not have had help cracking from the kids in the back seat), and hypothetically one cut out the carpet but found that the rubber sound deadening material wouldn't wipe dry, and bits of oil were seeping back in to the well from the little gaps here and there, what might, hypothetically, be the best way to get it "clean" and not smelling like a BP oil well?
Car #: 53
Year : 90 Posts: 22
hypothetically of course...... I'd use one of the disposable paper oil catch mats they sell at the auto parts stores. I'd put it upside down under the carpet for a couple weeks. Their ability to wick and hold oil is amazing! I've used them under leaky delivery trucks; the good ones can suck up almost 2 quarts of oil! ..change it out for a fresh one and give it two more weeks. ....just hypothetically.....
Car #: 68
Year : 91 Posts: 2359
Napa sells 3m General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner, which we use for pretty much everything like this. It's strong enough to cut even gear oil and evaporates without any residual or toxic smell.
Last year when replacing an engine we failed to tighten an oil line and we didn't notice it until after starting the engine, a significant amount of oil had drained down into the frame through a large hole that is normally sealed by the washer bottle. We drained a whole can of the 3m stuff down there and it did a great job of cutting the oil so that it could drain out the seems under the car.
Not sure it will work, but I would try using the 3m product along with the oil catch mat.
Hope that helps, good luck!
-------------------- Bruce Wilson 2010 Oregon Region Champ 2010 Monte Shelton Driver of the Year 2010 25 Hours of Thunderhill E3 and Under 2 liter Overall Champion Oregon Region SM Class Advisor