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Old 05-07-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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First Oil Change with Magnetic Drain Plug

I have a 2001 Boxster S with 70,000km on it. All previous oil changes were done at dealer but the last 2. On the last one I installed the magnetic drain plug and this is how it looked. Anything to be worried about?

The darker black (which might be metallic) is from wiping the drain plug directly. Otherwise the oil looked extremely clean.






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Old 05-07-2017, 08:48 PM   #2
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Looks fine. Minute particles may appear initially, but that's the job of the magnetic plug and FilterMag (if you use one); to attract and remove them from the oil stream.

What's more important is what's in the paper element of the used oil filter. Visually inspect and drag a magnet across to locate any ferrous particles. If you find some there, you might have a problem.

Just sayin'.............

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Looks fine. Minute particles may appear initially, but that's the job of the magnetic plug and FilterMag (if you use one); to attract and remove them from the oil stream.

What's more important is what's in the paper element of the used oil filter. Visually inspect and drag a magnet across to locate any ferrous particles. If you find some there, you might have a problem.

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I have a spin on filter adapter so use a spin on filter. Do I just break that open?
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I have a spin on filter adapter so use a spin on filter. Do I just break that open?
Yes. I also use a spin on filter, and I use a Dremel with a cutoff wheel to open the filter housing and extract the element. A hacksaw would work, and I think Harbor Freight sells a tool made especially for cutting open oil filters.

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I think Harbor Freight sells a tool made especially for cutting open oil filters.
They use to sell these but no longer carry them.

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Chuck's tool is also intended for cutting exhaust pipes.
Longacre make a good cutter -Amazon $60. Seems expensive but the piece of mind for Spin-On guys is priceless.
Slakker gave a link to a deal on them recently in the RBC catalog.
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You want to be scared ?

Put a magnetic plug in a gear box and look at it after a couple of years
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return man 3 what will happen.

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I'd recommend a Blackstone oil test. Best way to gauge amount and changes in metal content in oil.
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Old 05-25-2017, 07:20 AM   #10
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Another option is NAPA
they sell an test kit for $15 which is half of what Blackstone is now charging
The napa part# is 4077
they use ALS Tribology

You can also go to a CAT dealer and they do a test for around $19
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I can't tell from the photograph, but it looks like you have two maybe three mm of sludge on the magnet. If that's correct, then I think that's a lot of metal. I would recommend pulling the sump and see what's inside there

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