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Old 11-15-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Cut open an oil filter, should this worry me? (pics attached)

1999 Boxster with 94k, during an oil change today we cut open the oil filter and found a couple small metal shavings, but nothing too large or excessive. I had a pre-purchase inspection done at 92k and the specialist cut a filter open and told me it looked fine, but didn't mention what he found inside.

My question is.. how much flakes/debris is normal in a dissection? Here are a couple pictures of my filter..

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Old 11-15-2013, 03:41 PM   #2
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Nothing there to get worried about.
A couple of small glittery bits are no cause of concern.
All engines will shed a bit of metal over time, it's just something that you can't easily see with a metal bodied oil filter like most cars use.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #3
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Sleep well. Nothing to worry about. A couple of little flakes/sparklies is normal.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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I used to freak out when I would discover extremely fine particles on my magnetic drain plug. My filter would be completely free of metal particles.

My indie told me not to worry..............


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