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post #1 of 12 Old 07-23-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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magnetic drain plug

I think I must have read this in Clymer about magnetic drain plugs. Are these recommended, and if so, where do I get one? I'm thinking that they may have most benefit as a warning indicator of engine damage or abnormal wear rate.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-23-2010, 05:13 PM
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Yeah, they're a good idea for the reasons you stated. They vary in quality though...anyone know where to get the best and cheapest?




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Has an O ring seal instead of the crush washer and you'll get a couple of cool stickers along with your order.

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I bought one of the magnetic plugs from--I believe--Whitehorse Press. My drips about ten drops of oil after being ridden. I assume the difference in cooling rates of the cases and the plug account for this. Not a big deal --especially if you're used to riding an old BMW...
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I bought one of the magnetic plugs from--I believe--Whitehorse Press. My drips about ten drops of oil after being ridden. I assume the difference in cooling rates of the cases and the plug account for this. Not a big deal --especially if you're used to riding an old BMW...
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With a crush washer?

Mine seeped a little for a few weeks, not nearly that much and I put a little teflon plumbers tape (rated for high temp) around the threads thanks to some advice on this forum. Works perfect.




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O ring seal. Not dependent on torque as a crush washer that you may strip threads on the pan trying to get it to stop leaking.

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Just changed oil the other day and there was a fair amount of crap adhered to my magnetic plug. It was grey-ish. Hmmmm, should I worry??

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Just changed oil the other day and there was a fair amount of crap adhered to my magnetic plug. It was grey-ish. Hmmmm, should I worry??
I always find a little of what you describe. Maybe clutch plate material, don't know. I wouldn't be concerned unless you find shavings or chunks.
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When pull a magnetic plug it is going to have what looks like a glob of grease on it. It is normal. Wipe it clean with a paper towel feeling for any large particles. If it looks like this, you've got problems.

There are pieces of a bearing surface stuck on this one.
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It wasn't quite that bad. I'll check again in another 3k miles.

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