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Sep 15, 2018, 1:26 PM

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Doing an oil change as I’ve done the past 30+ years. This time I noticed that the washer for the oil plug bolt was in my plastic multi purpose oil waste pan when I was draining the old oil into the waste container. No problem-- I’ll just drain the new oil out add the washer to the bolt and refill the oil. What I didn’t realize was that there was a dried latex oil chip about 3/4 x 1/8 inch in the pan. It worked loose from the old warm oil. When refilling the new oil a 2nd time it flowed out into the motor thru the filler pan.
So the possibilities are:

1. It will sit at the bottom of the oil pan and flow out during the next oil change. (good)
2. It will be burnt up by engine heat – no harm
3. It will be ground up somewhere in the engine. I don't know how bad this could be.
4. It won’t be caught, won’t burn up, and be caught somewhere important in the engine – ruining it — very very bad.

Which is the likely scenerio? Any of the above or something completely different? Should I redrain the oil and see if it comes out? The chip is small I don’t know if that would work.

I haven’t driven the car except to get it off the ramp and we’re leaving on vacation tomorrow of course. Thanks for the thoughts.

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Sep 15, 2018, 3:04 PM

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dried latex oil chip about 3/4 x 1/8 inch in the pan.

I can only assume you are talking about a baked, crispy piece of old sludge.

That one piece isn't your issue. If that is what it is, then there is sure more of it. The big risk here is having enough of that stuff floating around in there to restrict the oil pump pick up screen. That would starve the engine of oil.

If you have an oil pressure gauge I would watch it closely and at the first sign of an oil pressure problem, stop the car, tow it in and have the pan dropped.


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