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Post  powerstrokeace on January 23rd 2013, 11:20 pm

Guys i've been cutting oil filters open for quite some time now And I'm all most all way finding copper or babit trash. But when every i tear down the motor i never see any thing from the bearings.
How many of you have the same thing?

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Post  504T on January 24th 2013, 12:15 am

Ace, I've been cutting mine regularly for years- normally see quite a bit of really fine metal in the oil itself - makes it look like metal flake paint, sometimes a little small alum and iron in the botttom of the can, and not unusual to see a bit of aluminum in the pleats, I rarely see anything large enough to identify as copper in the filter. A lot of what I see depends on how many runs etc. Was always told if you can't read a part number on it don't worry about it! - But.... the last time I found some copper in the filter - 3 or 4 pieces, flat and thin, about 1/8" diameter, I dropped the pan and found a rod bearing with an issue- caught it just in time. that time. Smile I've looked at alot of them out of other guys stuff and in my experience its pretty rare not to see a little something in them if they have many runs on them. Just my experience.
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Post  bbf-falcon on January 24th 2013, 11:18 am

If i'm not having a problem,I don't cut mine open.Just something else to wakeup in the middle of the night to worry about.When I make the FINAL teardown I cut it open and have a look see.

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Post  BigBlockRanger on January 24th 2013, 12:35 pm

Are you sure it's not just bronze from the distributor gear?
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Post  jbozzelle on January 24th 2013, 12:59 pm

BigBlockRanger wrote:Are you sure it's not just bronze from the distributor gear?

This is what I noticed most on other builds. My 514 just had a bunch of lint and assembly goop in it after I cut open the filter after the first fire up...

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Post  powerstrokeace on January 24th 2013, 1:04 pm

BigBlockRanger wrote:Are you sure it's not just bronze from the distributor gear?


Most likely that's what it is. Very fine metal flake looking from both motors.
I never thought of the bronze gear

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