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mrscalex
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Magnetic sump plug

Post by mrscalex » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 19:29

Has anyone tried one of these? They are supposed to pick up any swarf the oil filter misses.

http://www.eurocarparts.com/sump-pans-and-sump-plug

Do they work or are they just a gimmick?
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Always happy to try and help with spares :)

Del
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Magnetic sump plug

Post by Del » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 20:22

First came across these in the 1970s when I first started “playing” with cars. My understanding was that the idea came from old school aircraft engines. I haven’t come across them being used for decades and I haven’t been tempted myself – preferring regular engine oil and filter changes. Any visible “swarf” in the engine is probably terminal anyway.

mrscalex
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Magnetic sump plug

Post by mrscalex » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 20:24

Del wrote:First came across these in the 1970s when I first started “playing” with cars. My understanding was that the idea came from old school aircraft engines. I haven’t come across them being used for decades and I haven’t been tempted myself – preferring regular engine oil and filter changes. Any visible “swarf” in the engine is probably terminal anyway.
I'm inclined to agree. I figured the fact I'd never heard of them before on here probably mean they weren't much cop.
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1999 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Dimitri) - My brother's car owned from new and restored by me
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - My car rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Okus) - Project car waiting for a new engine
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Debra) - Donor car/breaker
1998 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Allsworth) - Donor car/breaker now gone to Z3 heaven
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

peter2b
Joined: Sat 01 Nov, 2014 18:47
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: cheshire

Re: Magnetic sump plug

Post by peter2b » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 20:36

I use to put one in my old mini drain plug ,some times the swarf is too small to see in the filter, if I saw a beard on the plug I knew it was time to strip the engine down
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Devon Z
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Brixham, Devon

Re: Magnetic sump plug

Post by Devon Z » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 21:02

Put one on mine at the last oil change, can't do any harm I've fitted them to the engine and transmission of my tuned scooter.
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Fender2004
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Houghton-Le-Spring

Re: Magnetic sump plug

Post by Fender2004 » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 21:35

I fitted one too it does give you an idea as to what state your engine is in.
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