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Old 01-05-2013, 09:13 AM   #1
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What Is This In My Oil?

Went out and started to change my oil. Pulled the magnetic drain plug and found this thing stuck to the magnet. I have no idea what this is. It doesn't look broken or anything. Looks like a perfect cylinder with no sheared off sides. Anyone know?



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Old 01-05-2013, 09:21 AM   #2
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I have no idea.........

Is there any scoring on it?
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to me, it looks like a guide pin for the flywheel/pressure plate. but being in the oil pan i'm having trouble believing it is.



edit: cam guide pin.
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No scoring what so ever. Looks like it just came out of a package.

Has no breaks and has no marks
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Honestly, it sort of looks like a wrist pin. But that doesn't compute Pretty sure if that were it this would have been a completely different type of thread.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
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How big is it? Rocker bearing???

Usually you have more then one of those though.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:50 AM   #7
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How big is it? Rocker bearing???

Usually you have more then one of those though.

Exactly a 1/2 inch.

Car runs and has been running great. No problems what so ever
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And let me add that it is not hollow. It is a solid piece
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Put it back in. Clearly this is some sort of wizardry that is keeping your engine together. Don't anger the Gods
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Put it back in. Clearly this is some sort of wizardry that is keeping your engine together. Don't anger the Gods

LOL Well it's kind of freaking me out considering I have to make a 300+ mile trip tomorrow morning.

I already made it a few weeks ago with zero issues
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:03 AM   #11
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Something that fell into your engine when it was being assembled? Maybe its been sitting in your oil pan for 7 years.
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Whats the diameter of it? Could be cam/timing gear alignment pin, could have been there from assembly lol. If tis important you will find out soon enough!
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Looks like it might be a cylinder head guide pin.
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I'm at a loss LOL

Not sure if I should be worried or just shrug it off. The car has been running great for months now. I didn't see this in my last oil change, but then again, the last change was when I installed the magnetic plug, so maybe it was sitting in there for a long time. There are no ticking noises, nor any issues running.

It's also strange that when I removed the plug, the only thing on it was this pin. There were no metal shavings or any other trace of metal particles. It almost seems like what was stated above, something was left in there when assembling the car
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The diameter is just under a 1/4 of an inch.

It is not very big at all
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #16
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I'm guessing the engine has never been into? I would send in an oil sample to Blackstone labs. For $20 bucks they can tell you alot about your engine and if theres someting that needs attention.
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I'm guessing the engine has never been into? I would send in an oil sample to Blackstone labs. For $20 bucks they can tell you alot about your engine and if theres someting that needs attention.

No, the engine has never been torn into.

It's weird. This pin is in perfect condition. No scratches on it, nor does it look like it was broken off anything. It is very tiny and there was no other metal debris that came with it. The drain plug and oil were completely clean, except for this pin. Like I said, I'm leaning towards it being in there forever and it came out now because of the newly installed magnetic plug.
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cam pin.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:27 AM   #19
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Looks like the camshaft dowel.

It could have fallen into the motor during assembly, or it could have worked itself loose and just dropped into the pan. The only way to tell would be to pull the timing cover off and have a look-see.

Not really a big deal since it is just an alignment dowel for the cam sprocket and three bolts are holding that to the camshaft. The only questions would be if those bolts are working themselves loose or not.

The way I look at it is this:
Coolant and front cover gaskets are cheaper than a new engine.
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cam pin.

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Looks like the camshaft dowel.

It could have fallen into the motor during assembly, or it could have worked itself loose and just dropped into the pan. The only way to tell would be to pull the timing cover off and have a look-see.

Not really a big deal since it is just an alignment dowel for the cam sprocket and three bolts are holding that to the camshaft. The only questions would be if those bolts are working themselves loose or not.

The way I look at it is this:
Coolant and front cover gaskets are cheaper than a new engine.

Been researching everything and it seems that's what it is. I will have to pull it tonight and double check. At least I am in the clear for now LOL
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i vote cam pin also
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How the smurf does a cam alignment pin work its way loose?
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Is it magnetic?
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How the smurf does a cam alignment pin work its way loose?

I thought the same, but apparently after researching it, this has happened to tons of people. The cam pin works itself lose. I can't tell you how, but it has happened countless times lol
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Is it magnetic?

Yes it is magnetic. It was stuck to the magnetic drain plug. That's how I found it, which is also why i'm wondering how long it has been in there. I just installed the magnetic drain plug last oil change, so maybe it's been there for a while, but never was able to come out.
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has to be the cam dowel, there are no other solid dowels used in these engines.
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I thought the same, but apparently after researching it, this has happened to tons of people. The cam pin works itself lose. I can't tell you how, but it has happened countless times lol

Smurf. Smurf. Smurf. Smurf. SMURF.

Good thing i have a magnetic drain plug. Sheesh.
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soooooo did u pull it and find out????
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