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The next time you need to temporarily plug a fluid line when you’re working under the hood — like, for example, the a transmission cooler line like we had to deal with this week when replacing a radiator — grab one of your latex shop gloves and rubber-band it over the end.  It’ll keep the fluid in the tube — and out of the engine compartment — and you can throw the whole mess away when you’re done.

 

2 Responses to Tip: Close Off Fluid Lines With Latex Gloves

  1. Abe says:

    Please do not wear latex gloves in the shop. Petroleum products cause the latex to break down and may cause you to develop a latex allergy. This is such a serious problem that hospitals will not let workers bring their own hand lotion from home because some lotions contain pertoleum products.
    A latex allergy is something you do not want to go through life with.

    Spend a few extra bucks and get nitrile gloves. I buy them by the case from http://www.dontheglove.com. They have the best prices (that I have found anyway) on good quality gloves.

    Abe

  2. Jon says:

    I like the nitrile gloves as well. Usually they are a little bit more puncture resistant, but they still need to be changed every once in a while.

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