Do you guys think it is worth it to use a magnetic drain plug??? (to catch metal filings?)
Magnetic sump plugs tend to be used in transmissions and final drives (diffs) where there are a whole bunch of ferrous gears meshing together.Just a thought: obviously, a magnet will only capture ferrous metals. I'm not sure where non-ferrous metals might be used in 'wear zones' though. Main bearings perhaps?
Maybe you could put a link up for others Mikal.I put in a magnetic plug on my first oil change around 400 miles. I recently changed the oil at about 1500 miles and there were tiny bits of metal on the magnet. Enough for me to wipe with a rag and see it on the rag. I expect to see less and less at each oil change. I wanted it in there as soon as I could for the break-in.
But they DO work - I have seen it myself many times. I don't think the presence of said particles indicates a problem, because virtually every magnetic plug I have withdrwan had some metal attached. Whether the particles the plugs collect would have done any damage if left in the oil is the question. It surely can't be a bad thing to take out metal particles from oil that is traveling through all the engine's moving parts.Seems like a gimmick to me. If there are metal filings in your oil you have bigger issues than what a magnet would rectify. During break-in periods it may happen marginally but yeah, gimmick-ville in my opinion.
Woah $50? I bought mine on ebay for like $8 with a crush washer. I forgot you are in NZ tho. The shipping for this 1 I bought is $21 to NZ. You should be able to find 1 locally cheap.I would use one, Ive seen a lot of stuff attached to them over the years and it's better down there then floating around in your oil.
Will see if I can source one locally. I wouldn't pay $50 either.