Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
For all your DIY'ers, this is just some information in case this were to happen to you.
If you're working under your car, and you have an oil leak, whether from bad lines / hoses, or you're just changing your oil, be careful to avoid having motor oil drip into your eye(s).
I was working under my car this afternoon, changing out a busted vtec (LS-Vtec conversion) oil line. I had oil dripping from every direction because the leak was that bad. As I was unscrewing my oil filter (which was the only way to get to one end of that line), motor oil dripped into my eye. I panicked and ran into my apt. to flush out my eyes. I kept my eye in running water for about 5 mins. A little later, I called Valvoline (the oil I decided to buy for my previous change) and asked Poison Control about measures to be taken to remedy this dilemma.
"Motor oil is rated in the class of: Low Hazard. There will be no permanent damage done in such an event. The best remedy is to flush your eyes for 10-15 mins, making sure all of it is washed out."
--apparently, all motor oil falls under this category, so this applies to other brands as well.
I was relieved, even considering my eye was feeling a great deal of irritation and redness. It's been about 10 hours since, and I feel quite normal now. Life as is.
I just wanted to let the TI community know about this in the event that it happens to the DIY'ers. If you have glasses, wear them. =)