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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
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Magnet attached to oil pan ????
Someone suggested that I should attach a magnet to the bottom of my oil pan . When the car rests overnight and all oil is in the pan, metal particles will get attracted to the magnet. And when you drain the oil, all those metal particles will get drained.
Is there any truth in this?
It would have to be one helluva a magnet. Alot of particles would be aluminum also (which isn't magnetic) - just change your oil and filter at 3k intervals is your best bet. Note: Auto trans has a magnet in the pan that needs cleaning when trans fluid is changed.
Actually fellas, it's done all the time, and it's particularly effective with magnesium or aluminum oil pans. The magnet is attached outside the pan (non-magnetically), so any ferric-metallic particles get stuck to the inside wall. When you change your oil, remove the magnet before draining, and those particles will be released and you'll get it flowing out as you drain. It won't catch a lot, as c1apton cited that a lot of metal will not be ferrous, but it does work. My brother does it, but personally, I don't bother.
they also makes those drain plugs that are magnetic too. if i ever changed my plug, i would get one, just because it wouldnt hurt, but like everyone else said, i dont have any restless nights because of it.
^^^ when i once younger i helped change the oil in my grandfathers truck. i ended up stripping the plug (luckily the pan was fine). we bought a plug with a magnetic tip, and when i pulled it out next time it had a bunch of crap stuck to it.
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