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New transmission fluid in home heating oil tank?

hondamastertech Member Posts: 1
edited October 12 in THE MAIN WALL
I have been an auto tech for 15+ years and as being in the trade have a collection of new transmission fluid in sealed bottles. A guy I work with has a 1996 Ford F-350 diesel and adds new transmission fluid to his fuel tank and it burns fine. I have been wondering if I could do the same as for home heating oil. I have a 275 gallon tank for reference. Is there any down side to it or any dilution formula to it? I search on google and all I can find is used oil burners (which are not approved for residential dwellings for insurance purposes). Are there any extra things I would need to add to the system?   


    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,678
    Doesn't sound like a good idea. Without any way to mix or agitate the fuel the burners combustion would be affected.

    You don't want to take a chance inside a house with potential combustion or carbon monozide issues
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 2,221
    edited October 11
    I have worked on oil burners for over 40 years. My father was in the fuel oil delivery business. in the last ten years of working on oil heating equipment, I have been called to 5 or 6 different waste oil burners at oil change establishments. They have a lot of waste oil and would otherwise have to pay to dispose of that stuff. I digress.

    I have learned tha new motor oil will not burn. it must be used motor oil. I have also learned that new automatic transmission oil will burn right out of the bottle. It does not need to be used or broken down in any way. I guess i'm saying that a quart of ATF in every tank of #2 fuel oil (usually a delivery ranges from 150 gallons to 210 gallons) wont hirt the burning process. The question is Why do you need to burn it in the first place? I don't believe there is any added benefit to burning ATF. So if you think it is going to make a better or more efficient flame, fa-get-a-bad-it.

    If however you are trying to figure out a way to get rid of those bottles of ATF without having to pay a fee to discard them at the recycling center, then by all means add a quart to every tankfull. i don't believe it will hurt. If you get too concentrated, there may be problems burning the ATF because it will have a different BTU value and may affect the combustion process in a way that you may not like.

    Yours Truly,
    Mr. Ed
    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey Shore.
    Cleaned & services first oil heating system at age 16
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 3,668
    edited October 11
    There likely are things in both atf and motor oil that you should not be inhaling in vapor form and may contaminate the vent and hx surfaces such as various metal salts and compounds used as lubricants.

    It seems you could sell it on ebay and at least cover shipping if you are trying to get rid of it.
  • cowdog
    cowdog Member Posts: 40
    Why don't you sell these "new transmission fluid in sealed bottles"? They still worth something to people who need them, like owners of old cars with leaky transmission cases.

    Used motor oil and transmission fluid can be recycled into new base oil, with either hydrogenation (industrial method) or acid/clay (redneck method). New base oil + additive pack = new motor oil/transmission fluid.
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,084
    Why is this a thing? Am I missing something? 
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 16,590
    Um... considering the relative cost of #2 and ATF... and the fact that a sealed bottle will not degrade and can be used for years... why?
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 11,844
    HVACNUT said:

    Why is this a thing? Am I missing something? 

    People do a lot of weird things and claim they help.

    I have never used any fuel or oil additives in any car or vehicle. Not once.
    But many claim you need them, they make things "better".

    Any time I've had a dirty carburetor or a dirty fuel injector the only solution was to tear it apart and physically clean and repair it.

    Water, sludge, gelling etc in the tank is a whole other story and I believe there are solutions in a bottle for that.

    But yeah, I stand by that. People love additives.

    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,187
    Find a mechanic shop with a waste oil burner. They'd be happy to take it for free.