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    metal shavings and particles in my oil filter

    OK, i finally change my oil filter. ive done a few oil changes over last summer but didn't get a chance to due the filter. (its not easy on my convertion boat) anyway there was alot of particles in the filter... never lost a ceramic washer or anything like that so im a bit concerned about where the metal came from. everything seams ok, and i can still easly turn 8350RPM and there is no ticking or power loss.
    Hopefully I can make it threw another summer without popping it


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    There are places out there that can analyze the oil and tell you what material it is. This may help you find what, if any problem you have.

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    yeah, I think they can tell you if the flake's are bearing, piston, gear, block, etc. My very first oil change at 3 hours had some flakes of stuff in it but the second at 11 and third at 55 was clean.

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    If you want to find out for sure, contact these guys.
    http://www.fluidtechnologies.com/bin/fti.dll
    We use them regularly @ work to test hydraulic oils for our customers systems. They can tell you exactly what the partical content is, how much particals are in your fluid, and what your fluids overall lubricity is. For a basic test, you may be looking @ $50.00. If you decide to go this route and they won't deal direct with you, let me know and I can get it done through my office.

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    Using a magnet can at least give you some idea of what the metal chips are made of.


    Richard

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    if this was the first time u changed the oil filter after a couple of oil changes on a new motor ur going to have metal shaving in ur oil filter normal wear & tear on braking a new engine in if after a couple of filter changes u still c a large amount of metal shavings or metal fragments i would get concern about it, but i would think this is normal 4 letting the oil filter go so long befor changeing it out

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