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Old 02-11-2019, 01:43 PM
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last year I bought a 99 ls1 f body with 68k. I put about 3k miles on it and changed the oil once . Canít remember exactly but I didnít notice anything wrong with the oil. A few months ago I put a tsp cam kit in the car . It sat for awhile and only got driven 100 miles so I just changed the oil. The oil is flakey and flakes were on the drain plug . Small flakes in the filter as well no pieces anywhere . Oil pressure is also perfect . Iím gonna change the oil in another 100 miles and see what itís like . Should I be concerned about this ??
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Yessir. Metal flakes in the oil are never a good thing. Are the flakes in the filter magnetic, or no?
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Yessir. Metal flakes in the oil are never a good thing. Are the flakes in the filter magnetic, or no?
is there an easy way to tell? Itís really more sparkles in the oil not flakes . Obviously with a magnet but.. and I should be more specific there was not sediment in the filter simply sparkles in the oil still in the filter . Ordered a black stone kit also.
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Will try and get it on camera when I get home. Tried earlier and couldnít but will try again .
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if you have an LED flashlight,, hold it by the camera pointed from about a 45 degree angle to the oil, I find for engine pics a steady light source works better than letting the camera flash do its thing..
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Had to zoom in quite a bit but it did show up.

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oil pressure hasn't dropped? You didn't put new lifters in with the cam swap right?
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oil pressure hasn't dropped? You didn't put new lifters in with the cam swap right?
nope oil pressure is great and correct cam, springs and pushrods only.
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Remove the valley cover and get a look at the cam lobes to check for abnormal wear.
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That's really small flakes. I'd also be curious about the cam lobes
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Before you do anything see what they are? Metallic or copper etc. will give you some idea whats going on. I had a piston shredding aluminum into the oil looked just like this so you never know.
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Remove the valley cover and get a look at the cam lobes to check for abnormal wear.
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That's really small flakes. I'd also be curious about the cam lobes
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Before you do anything see what they are? Metallic or copper etc. will give you some idea whats going on. I had a piston shredding aluminum into the oil looked just like this so you never know.
Thanks for the advice guys, gonna go ahead and run it for a bit sometime this week and drain the oil again. If itís still flakey I will check the cam and valvetrain etc. will definitely update here whenever I find something! Iím not convinced itís bearings.. I think the oil sample test will help me a lot in finding out what it is .
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