An oil drip pan is placed on the floor to catch fluid drips under the transmission or differential of the forklift at the replacement of the fluid of the forklift. Used fluid discharged from a drain plug located on the transmission/differential is caught in the pan and then put into a waste fluid storage bucket for disposal.
In a garage with which the automotive lift equipment including a vehicle-lifter is equipped, it is easy to replace the transmission fluid using such a lifter. If no such lifer is provided, the fluid must be replaced putting a low profile oil drip pan on the floor. In this case, the height of the pan must be lower than 80 mm to place on the floor under the forklift because the maximum ground clearance of under the forklift is 80 mm (for the forklifts of max. load capacity of 1 ton and 2 tons). As no oil drip pan whose height is lower than 80 mm is commercially available for now, a pair of portable jacks has been used to lift the forklift.
With this procedure, drained fluid may be splashed; waste fluid may be spilt or splashed on the floor while pouring the fluid into the bucket which might make the floor slippery (See Fig. 1).
Considering these issues, an oil drip pan has been developed that best suits for replacing the transmission fluid.
The improved oil drip pan features:
When replacing the used fluid from the transmission/differential, using the improved oil drip pan can prevent the fluid from spilling out over the floor as much as possible, which results in elimination of a hazardous oily environment.
It also improves working efficiency because it saves time for cleaning up the floor.
Another benefit is that the vertical storage of the pan can save a luggage space of a service car.