Did my first oil change on the 2020 Scat Pack and saw this in the oil. Should I be worried? Not sure if this is normal or not
Thank you. Yes, the pieces all quite small with the biggest being a finger nail size while most were specs. No abnormal engine performance so far. I was really babying her so far so was just a little surprised to see. I will definitely check next oil change.I know it is normal to get some metal material from a brand new engine Especially during a break in period and first oil change. Shouldn’t be big pieces though. As long as the engine is not showing any issues as far as knocking or abnormal noises, I would say you are ok. I would definitely check again next oil change just to make sure there’s no further metal and showing signs of abnormal wear. I’m sure this happens a lot. But most people don’t check their old oil or what’s in the filter during a first oil change or others for that matter. They just dump it and refill.
Pretty sure metal parts of any size should not come out of the oil pan under normal circumstances. I’m assuming that the drain pan was clean before you started so what’s there is from the engine?Did my first oil change on the 2020 Scat Pack and saw this in the oil. Should I be worried? Not sure if this is normal or not
Yes I changed it at 6 months, 1,000 miles, took out of storage and did it.Could be leftover filings from the manufacturing process. This is why a lot of people do the first oil change around 500-1000 miles, to get this crap out. I would give it 1 more oil change and if you continue to see it at the 3rd or later changes then I'd worry, you are still under warranty so make sure you don't do anything that would jeopardize that coverage.
I work in automotive manufacturing as a Quality Technician, you would be surprised on how the best processes can miss things. It doesn't happen "often" considering the production volumes that are run nowadays but it happens. That's why there are warranties...I would think that they keep things pretty clean when assembling engines. Everything is lubed when coming together and then the engine is filled with oil. I have a hard time believing that metal of that size would be left inside. Looking at the bits, it kind of looks like ring material but no way to tell. I’d put those in a clear bag and hold on to them. Maybe someone with some analytical equipment could run metal analysis?
Sounds like you will take good care of the engine but I sure wouldn’t baby it. Don’t do anything dumb but run it hard, really hard until the warranty runs out. If it’s a good engine, then it will be fine. If something is up with it, you want to know before the warranty is up.
best answerI'm not at all an expert with Mopar engines but I have worked on a lot of vehicles and motorcycles in my overly long lifetime. I would be VERY concerned if I found ANY metal in the drain oil and especially that many good sized fragments!
I don't generally strain the drained oil unless I suspect that there is a serious wear issue. But I frequently disassemble the oil filters for a look, especially when draining the break in oil.
I'd definitely get your concerns on the record with the Dealer. Check to see if the particles respond to a magnet to get an idea of their composition. Black as in burned or black as in black plastic or black metal?
You might consider having the oil analyzed by a lab. Only costs ~$25 and they can tell you a lot about what's going on inside the motor. You will want to have a written report from an impartial, independent lab if this turns out to be a serious issue.
Good luck and I hope it turns out to be nothing serious!
The filter did not catch those bits because they were never picked up by the oil flow into the oil pump intake tube. That the bits drained out suggests there were located around the drain plug hole depression in the pan and never once made it through/under the baffling to be anywhere near the oil pump intake tube.Since an average oil filter can catch particles down to 25 microns (0.00098425 inches) in size, I wonder why it did not catch these large metal particles unless it was clogged with debris?
It would have been interesting to see the filter element if you cut the filter in half.