Stop Metal Filings Getting Into Your Oil Forever!




Here is a tip I learnt from my Dad.

Back when computers were new and had to be upgraded because of failure my Dad started pulling apart the hard drives to get some super strong magnets out of them.

He used these for a variety of things including what I will show you now.

Also, back in the early days of most cars (1980-1999) there wasn't the same precision as today and that would result in metal filings on the engine oil.

This problem still occurs today but it was way back when that this awesome life hack came about.

All you need is a car and some super strong magnets.

Step 1: Apply the Method!

All you have to do is clip the magnets to the side of your oil filter.

We have them in our motor home and they work a treat.

When we change the oil we wipe the edge of the filter and we are constantly amazed with the amount of metal there is.

The reason you should do this? It saves your engine quite a bit of wear and tear from loose metal filings thus making your car last longer!

Sorry about the dark photos, the engine bay would not permit lighting without having a overexposure problem :(

Thanks for reading, I hope this helps you and your friends!!



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    4 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    You can get drain plugs with magnets premounted in them. That's where I would start! why bother clogging up the filter at all, if you can keep the iron dust in the bottom of the pan! Easy enough to drill the head of a non magnetic one too, then epoxy in a magnet. (Just make sure, if you put the magnets on the pan, to take them off before you do an oil change. otherwise, the nasty metal sludge will stay in when the oil drains out.)

    THEN add magnets to the oil filter, and see how much less junk there is on your filter! Added bonus : your filters now last longer, and work better, between changes.

    Most of the metal in your oil isn't because stuff was less precise. It is just a fact of life when metal rubs against metal, that SOME wear takes place. and the oil flushes that away.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Well, without buying/drilling/gluing I think this is the cheapest easiest way to get the job done.

    I could have made it shorter and said; "Buy a magnetic drain bung and install like it says on the packet." but I don't use them, I use magnets and I am sharing my expirence not the store products.