View Full Version : Let's play "Guess what that is that I found in my oil pan"


The Alchemist
05-01-2012, 06:20 PM
So I blew up my motor back in January.... cracked the ring land on #7 blah blah blah, and the new motor is almost done so I was cleaning up my oil pan. Removed the baffle and there was a little bit of sludge in the front, not much, about an 1/8 inch or less, not bad for a motor with 65,000 miles on it. As I'm cleaning it out, I discover a little peice of metal, non magnetic, sitting in the sludge.

Cleaned it off and sure enough it's a tiny c-clip. Here it is next to the baffle bolt for size reference.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/581076_3474852702900_1018675813_3110619_1877140008 _n.jpg

I have no clue what it goes to. No it's not needle bearings.

NemeSS
05-01-2012, 06:35 PM
only thing i know that remotely resembles a c clipis the lifter guts retainer clip.
i have no clue where that came from.:confused:
i have found tiny springs. before. from oil seals

outkast6991
05-01-2012, 07:03 PM
Lifter would be my guess

The Alchemist
05-01-2012, 07:23 PM
I'll check all of my lifters, but not sure where it would come from on the lifter. The lifters I took out of this motor were new ones put in about 3,000 miles ago when I put on the Performance Induction heads. So who knows how long this has been in the pan.

3rdCoastPowerSports
05-01-2012, 07:53 PM
I clicked on the thread hopping you found GOLD. picture is kinda blurry are there holes on the end of the c-clip?

The Alchemist
05-01-2012, 08:21 PM
No, no holes in it, just a standard press fit c-clip.

Here's a clearer pic:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/575458_3475356235488_1018675813_3110771_1618435819 _n.jpg

Havoc40
05-01-2012, 09:39 PM
That's a low clearance external retaining ring. Don't think it's from a lifter...could be wrong though

GoatPilot87
05-01-2012, 09:44 PM
Glad i pulled a double take and saw it wasnt what I thought originally lol. Quick glance almost reminded me of the C clip in the comp trunion upgrade kit. Hmm...dont think Ive ever seen that part of a lifter?

The Alchemist
05-02-2012, 07:53 AM
I'm still puzzled this morning as to what this could be. I honestly don't know how long it's been in the pan.

gMAG
05-02-2012, 11:19 AM
Glad i pulled a double take and saw it wasnt what I thought originally lol. Quick glance almost reminded me of the C clip in the comp trunion upgrade kit. Hmm...dont think Ive ever seen that part of a lifter?

Yes, I first thought that it could be assoc with the OEM rockers. I don't have mine to verify, though.

The Alchemist
05-02-2012, 07:16 PM
I'm totally baffled. I've got to start pulling out all of the parts and go over everything to make sure I'm not missing something.

boostit5.3
05-02-2012, 07:50 PM
was the motor rebuilt?? maybe it came off of a tool and got lost in the motor?

The Alchemist
05-02-2012, 08:07 PM
was the motor rebuilt?? maybe it came off of a tool and got lost in the motor?


Good point. I've only had the heads/intake/valley cover and front cover off to this point, but it might have been to a small ratcher or air tool.

I just want to make sure it's not something off the engine.

The Alchemist
05-02-2012, 08:31 PM
I don't have one in front of me, but do our timing chains have a c-clip on them?

BigBirdLS1
05-02-2012, 08:49 PM
I don't have one in front of me, but do our timing chains have a c-clip on them?

I have a stock LS1 chain in my garage give me 5 minutes and I will let you know. :usa:

BigBirdLS1
05-02-2012, 08:57 PM
Just went in the garage and looked and I didn't see a c-clip anywhere. I looked on the stock timing gears and harmonic balancer also if it counts for anything. Hope this helps.

SVTconfused
05-02-2012, 09:00 PM
looks more like a shim of sorts to me... dosent look like it would clip very well for a c-clip... then again it is at the bottom of your oil pan

SVTconfused
08-25-2012, 01:19 PM
ever figure this out? I find things like this neat to figure out

The Alchemist
08-25-2012, 10:40 PM
Not sure where it came from. I'm guessing it came off something external and traveled to the bottom of the pan and sat there for however long.

Randy WS6
08-26-2012, 12:30 AM
Is there any thing else you can compare it with, like a dime or something , i cant tell what size the bolt is that you are using.Ive seen those style clip on shafts to retain them from walking out.

SSZ
08-26-2012, 11:18 AM
YOu know what, i have seen stuff like this in oil and trans pans many times. Its frustrating cause you dont know the origin. I bet it has nothing to do with an LS engine at all. May have come from the factory that way. Who knows???????
Strange for sure but doesnt surprise me at all. I remember pulling a trans pan off a Caprice one time and there was a bunch of needle bearings lying in the bottom. First time the pan had ever been off. I would have layed money down that the trans would fail in no time. Well, that was over 15 years ago and the old fart is still driving it with the same original trans. Go figure. If i took pics of the stuff i find in John Deere, Cat and other bigger engines i work on you would probably shit. Funny thing is, they never seem to be the reason for failure. Go figure.

The Alchemist
08-26-2012, 11:31 AM
Yeah, that was my thought. The clip was located in the 1/8" of sludge in the front of the oil pan. Yes, I had sludge in my pan even though I changed the oil regularly and let it drip 'dry' every time.

Who knows where it came from, it didn't go back. My only concern was that it came off of something I was going to reuse, like valvetrain components and lifters. Once I realized that it wasn't found anywhere on the motor, I was fine with it.