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Old 08-16-2016, 09:00 AM   #1
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changed the oil on my 1999 buick LeSabre and found a fair amount of metal shavings on the magnet end of the drain plug, any ideas as to what this may be?
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I have 170,000 miles on the engine and never has this happened before
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Depends on what the shavings look like. Is it chunks, slivers, or fine particles? Chunks or slivers might be a concern, fine particles not so much. If this is the first time you have observed this you might want to get an oil analysis done. Cost is around $30.
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small slivers, could it be the bearings on the connecting rod? I have changed oil twice and found the slivers of metal, i changed again after 3,000 miles and no slivers of metal.???????
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I believe bearing materials are non-ferrous or non-magnetic. If it were bearings on the crank, you'd hear it by now.
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I agree with Mike that it is not bearings. Dissect the used oil filter and see what is inside.
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