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Old May 29th, 2014, 07:54 AM
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Found in my oil pan?

I just dropped the pan on my newly acquired 300tdi and found a couple of little metal shards which is not a good thing but will happen over time. I am a little concerned with the remnants of what appears to be a 1/4" diameter white plastic washer that I found in the dregs of the used oil. I couldn't think of anything inside of Diesel engine that would be made of plastic. Does anyone know where this plastic might have come from?
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Could it be a part of the dipstick assembly?
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Old May 29th, 2014, 09:14 AM
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I will try pulling that out but I am not sure if I will know if something is missing from the assembly. Are you thinking it would be like a seating washer around where the dip stick goes into the block?

I am not sure it's big enough for a dip stick to have passed thru the hole. I am guessing the entire washer was 1/4" in diameter with the hole being fairly small. It seems like it could be a buffer between two pieces that a screw goes thru.
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I will try pulling that out but I am not sure if I will know if something is missing from the assembly. Are you thinking it would be like a seating washer around where the dip stick goes into the block? I am not sure it's big enough for a dip stick to have passed thru the hole. I am guessing the entire washer was 1/4" in diameter with the hole being fairly small. It seems like it could be a buffer between two pieces that a screw goes thru.
sometimes the dip stick itself has an o-ring. Not usually nylon but I'm not 100% sure.

Very strange, might have just been a hitch hiker if it's as small as you say
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Accidentally went in with an oil change, made it down an oil return passage and settled in the pan?
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Accidentally went in with an oil change, made it down an oil return passage and settled in the pan?
That was kind of my natural skepticism as well but I can't figure out where you would have plastic inside the engine. My only thought was maybe something in the oil pump as I don't know anything about the guts of tdi pump.
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I had an oil sprayer tube floatting around in my sump for a long time. Only reason I found it was because I had to have the sump pan removed to take out a dent.

These things aren't like a Porsche or Ferrari where the think will explode if you lose a hangnail inside the engine while filling the oil. There could be anything inside there, and as long as it's not a piston skirt I wouldn't be that concerned.
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Accidentally went in with an oil change, made it down an oil return passage and settled in the pan?
This. Remove, discard and carry on. At next oil change, send a sample out to have it analyzed. that will tell you if you have bearings failing, etc.
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Proving once again, that a Land Rover doesn't need all the parts it comes with.
Lol; spare bits, surplus to your needs
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