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    Metal Shavings in oil pan??

    If a car has metal shavings in the oil pan what is most likely the cause of the shavings? Could it be that the rod bearings are shot because of lack of lubrication? If the car has low miles (ie sub 10K and this is happening, what is most likely the culprit? Is it possible that the cylinder walls were gouged and lashed?

    If you found a lot of metal shavings in your oil pan what would you think it was?

    Symptoms include a clanking on a cold start and a loud tapping sound from 2.5K rpms through 4K rpms.


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    its normal wear on the engine. some companies make magnetic drain plugs to clean them out. don't worry about it unless its alot of metal.

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    Metal shavings can be caused by several factors. Generally rotating parts, and or any other parts that would have movement within the engine bay is suspect.

    If a car is broken-in properly, all of the metal shavings should have been eliminated within the first 2 oil changes.

    We generally recommend changing the oil at 1000kms, then at 2500kms monitoring the oil by using it on a fine sive to see if there's still any metal. If there isn't, it's time for synthetic!

    The clanking is more likely then not piston slap, very common on Subarus. The loud taping maybe the valve train. You should have this checked out @ the dealership. You maybe due for a valve lash adjustment.

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    no this is a serious problem. This is like a LOUD CLANKING sound comming from the block. I have already taken it to the dealer and they said they wont do warranty work on it and said it would cost 6600 dollars to fix it because i would have to have a new motor. All they said was that there were tons of metal shavings in the oil pan.

    My guess is a rod bearing but i could be wrong.
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    Sounds like a rod bearing to me.

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    Your out of your warranty time azian ? Something there just dont sound right ?
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    What have you done that is making them refuse a warranty claim?
    Get them to tell you what it is that needs to be fixed, in writing, then get a second opinion.
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    out of warranty or VOIDED warranty?

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    I belive they voided his warranty.

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    well they said that my warranty was voided for three reasons: (this is comming from mazda headquarters in cali)

    1.) Failure to properly maintain the car (ie no record of oil change.)

    2.) Misuse of car

    3.) Modification to the car


    For starters they said they had no record of me getting my oil changed. I find this funny however that i have had it changed by mazda 2 times and have receipts for both times.

    Second, based upon extensive looking over the vehicle they came to the conclusion that i "misused" my car, so My guess is that they feel i raced it since i have a catback on and a license plate that staes "msp got u". Also they say the tread is too low on my tires for my mileage.

    Thirdly, They said that do to the modificatins to the enigine ( they still havent told me what i did) they are voiding my warranty. They will not tell me what i did to the engine however.


    My beef is this: If it is a rod bearing no modificatations that i know of that are available for our cars will not cause rod bearing damage like metal shavings. The only reason that would happen is a lack of oil. I dont know of any mods that will cause the oil to be low do you? Other than boosting like 15 psi or more i dont see how this is possible. Plus many people on the board have not had the same problem as I with oil consumption so i am led to believe it was a manufacturers default. I dont drive me car crazy, I go to school i use it as a daily driver. There is no forseeable reason for any mods to cause this.

    The fight is in that mazda wants to void my warranty for mods they dont know i used and I want them to tell me what mods caused the problem. They wont. period. Because they cant.

    What would cause no oil to be in the crankcase lubricating the rod bearings?

    My whole problem started with oil comsumption, i took it in because i knew something was wrong but they turned me away saying they couldnt work on it. Thus they neglected to tell me NOT to drive my car and this problem arose.

    To make a long story short Does it sound like the bearings on my rods are gone?

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    dang that sucks...what kind of oil did you use?
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    my friend you need a new block. go to a different dealership, with your receipts for the oil changes , and for gods sake take off the cat back.

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    well the manual states that 10W-30 is recommended so that is what i think they used. non synthetic. I believe that mazda however uses 5w20. I could be wrong though.
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    Dude i would hire a lawyer and not put up with that shit. The tires on these cars wear quick how the f*ck do they know if you drive on gravel roads which wear tires quick. They are making up shit. If you have reciepts that means everything should be fine. I think you said under 10k miles and you have had two then that could be following the interval that some dealers recommend(5k miles). You can sue them because they are obligated to provide in writing why they are voiding the warranty or they should work on the car.


    I hate this bs mazda sells a car saying we did the tuning now you do the driving, do they expect people with such a "tuned" car to drive like their f*cking grandma? When will they get their heads out of their asses.
    sorry this is just pissing me off how crappy mazda has been with warranty work, kinda makes me want to sell my car.
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    They want 5-30 Synthetic I believe

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