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Old 08-16-2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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Default First oil change ~ found metal shavings!

Look at this picture and tell me if this is normal. I strained the oil and found no other debris.

I sent an email with picture to the owner of the dealership we bought the car from for him to show the mechanics. We are friends with the owner so I doubt he would steer us wrong. I plan on keeping his email response on file just in case something happens down the road.

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Old 08-16-2008, 03:56 PM   #2
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At least the filter is doin' its job.

It will be interesting to see the 'new' filter after the 2nd oil change.
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:37 PM   #3
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i dident even have a hair in mine when i did the first change......
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: First oil change ~ found metal shavings!

In other threads I have read here and on other forums where people have found similar shavings. Most of these people indicated that it is somewhat normal and that the next one should be fine. The reasons given was that it was a new car and that it came from the castings and such. Don't know if this helps you or not but I thought I would let you know that I have read about it happening before.
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Old 08-16-2008, 10:09 PM   #5
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Normal for new cars, some will have more or less depending on the Engine build. This is why whenever I buy a new car I give it oil changes at 500,1,000 and 3,000 miles
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:39 AM   #6
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Normal, my Malibu wasn t too bad my my Silverado 07 was like yours.
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I am no expert by no means but i do believe that this is normal. I work at a foundry where we make steel castings and valve bodies and we are suppose to blow out the castings before they go in to a shipping box but some come cleaner then others. By the look of that picture it is aluminum shavings which could be wear from the motor breaking in.... I just turned over 1400 on mine bu and im going to change my oil this week some time, so i'll see what happens.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:19 AM   #8
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i have a 2.4 with 4200 miles and the oil life only reads 60%. i went to the dealer and asked why it read only 60% and he said the meter goes by revolutions. and he also said not to bother changing the oil until the meter hit 10%. im no expert but that doesnt sound right. any suggestions?
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:16 PM   #9
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If in Doubt, Drain it Out !!!
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I going to run mobile one full sythenic and will change it 6000 to 7500 miles....i know people that ue it and dont change till around 15000
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