RE: Metal Filings on Drain Plugs

8 replies to this topic
  • MountainMax

Posted September 27, 2008 - 03:05 PM


Hey guys, I bought a set of Ziptye magnetic oil drain plugs and put them in on my last oil change about 300km ago. I changed the oil again tonight and noticed there was quite a bit of metal on them, is this normal? Anyone else running magnetic drain plugs? I know it's normal to get a bit on them in any engine, but there was quite a bit on each very fine and very dark in color.

  • dazzabb

Posted September 27, 2008 - 04:25 PM


Yeah it's normal max, I've run a mag plug for ages and sometimes see slithers of metal.

The first time I removed the plug I shit myself, I guess it had picked up th residual slithers that had not been removed previously and it looked bad...but never had any gearbox problems.

I think the dark stuff is residue from the clutch friction plates as they wear over time and and accumulate in the sump with the slithers.

  • MountainMax

Posted September 27, 2008 - 06:09 PM


yeah, im hoping the next oil change won't be so much, but i guess im glad i have them, better to have them on my drain plugs and cleaned out every couple of weeks then floating around in my engine.

  • 123BigcoopDawg576

Posted September 28, 2008 - 05:56 AM


Did yours look like this? if so your fine...its clutch fibers

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  • MountainMax

Posted September 28, 2008 - 11:11 AM


That's exactly what it looked like :lame:

  • 123BigcoopDawg576

Posted September 28, 2008 - 12:39 PM


That's exactly what it looked like :bonk:

i figured as much...the first time i changed my oil after the install i was like :lame: but anyways yes thats normal.

the way i see it is, its better on the magnet then cycling through my motor. heck my last wr went over 10k miles never needed a valve adjust or anything...

  • kjr247

Posted September 28, 2008 - 06:01 PM


It is normal, mine looks like that too. Never had any engine issues and burns zero oil.

  • jandmsuburban7

Posted September 28, 2008 - 08:36 PM


Great post Mountain Max. I too was a little upset that I saw what I saw. I have a magnet and have had for a long time. Thanks for the consensus from all you fellow WR riders. Jason

  • MountainMax

Posted September 29, 2008 - 02:28 AM


it reminds me of vehicles rear differentials, most of them have magnets in them and they are always full of this silty material and usually no problems there either.


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