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Old 06-10-2007, 12:53 AM   #1
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Today was a beautiful day and I woke up early (10:30am) for a non working day. I felt very motivated to do something of importance. Give blood or help the elderly neighbors NOPE! I had an oil pan gasket thatí* been leaving the occasional drip in my pretty white parking spot at the shop. So that was my mission for the day. I got the part # for the gasket and went to Advanced Auto parts and got the Felpro gasket set.

So I installed the pan gasket along with the gasket for the oil pickup tube which came in the set. I finally installed the oil pan I bough from Andrew (harofreak00) months ago. And also my oil pressure kit from Intense which I bought like 2 months ago.

My old pan had a few little little sparkles in there which my uncle said was common for a motor with 170k to have on the bottom of the pan. My oil pressure before my kit wasnít low (just a tad under 40psi @ hot idle in traffic) so Iím not overly worried about major wear in my bottom end. Cylinder walls in the block looked nice and shiny too. But I did find something that looked like a little plastic or nylon tooth in the bottom of my pan any idea what this could be? I forgot to grab it to take a picture and it'* mostly in the trash 12miles away from my house @ my aunt'* house.

All in all it was a very relaxing day. The girlfriend is out of the picture and moving to Texas as Iím typing this and I took my good old time on this project to just relax. Switched to Mobile 1 Full Synthetic Iíve been using Castrol Syntec Full Synthetic since I got car.


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Are you asking for help with a problem?
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Aside from talking about my day changing gaskets.

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But I did find something that looked like a little plastic or nylon tooth in the bottom of my pan any idea what this could be?
Is there anything plastic that could come apart inside the motor? Or maybe if & when a timing chain or something of the sorts was changed b4 I bought the car could something have broken then?
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Maybe the timing chain tensioner? That'* the only thing I can think of that is plastic in the oiling circuit.
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What color was it?
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After cleaning it off it appeared to be silver in color. 2 of the 4 sides looked like it had broke away from something too.
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If it were a dark brown, I'd say it could have come from the lifter guides. They have some interesting features that can look like a plastic tooth.

There'* nothing that color on the inside of the engine. It probably got in there during an oil change at some point in it'* life.
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