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    Thread: Look what I found! (In my oil pan)

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      05-08-2012 02:09 PM #1
      My wife cracked her oil pan the other day so while waiting for the new one to come in (Meyle brand from mjmautohaus.com) I decided to take the old one off. Any thoughts about what this could be? It feels and sounds like metal and won't be picked up by a magnet so I assume it's aluminum, but it could be hard plastic. It appears that it used to be round in shape, maybe some sort of gasket or guide? The bottom two pictures are of the largest piece.








      Whatever you guys think would be helpful.
      Also, if anyone wants a DIY for how to change the oil pan or spark plugs lemme know, it seems pretty straightforward though.

      edit: fixed the pics
      Last edited by omgkilledkenny; 05-08-2012 at 03:10 PM.

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      05-08-2012 02:43 PM #2
      Your pics didn't come through.

      Anyway, finding random chunks inside the engine doesn't sound good. Could it be something that broke free when the oil pan was cracked?
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      05-08-2012 03:13 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatsNumberwang View Post
      Your pics didn't come through.

      Anyway, finding random chunks inside the engine doesn't sound good. Could it be something that broke free when the oil pan was cracked?
      It's possible, it looks like the piece got ground up by some sort of moving part and then spat into the oil pan. Hopefully whatever part that was wasn't too important.

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      05-08-2012 04:02 PM #4
      i could see it being part of the oil pan. the oil pan is aluminun so maybe.

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      05-08-2012 06:40 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by john prusinski View Post
      i could see it being part of the oil pan. the oil pan is aluminun so maybe.
      There's nothing missing off the oil pan though. I guess I'll just hope it's nothing serious and if I ever do anything to the engine I'll find out. haha

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      05-08-2012 09:34 PM #6
      i had a saab that i found a bunch of metal junk in the oil pan
      ran good for years after i found it
      hope you have the same luck

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      05-09-2012 09:27 AM #7
      I think its probably remnants of the dipstick tube that might have been replaced at one time and broken off
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    8. 05-09-2012 10:37 AM #8
      i second that.

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