I'll do it tonight and post pics of my findings. Will I be able to see the screen without removing the pump?
I found a lot of aluminum shavings. I'm not positive where they came from. I suspect the new cheap oil pan cover. It has some high edges on it that were not removed when it was pulled from the mold. Other than cleaning out the shavings, what should I do now? Is it easy to pull the pump? I noticed the chain coming down to the oil pump sprocket.
Great find, thank you
I'm positive it is aluminum. They are bendable and non magnetic.
The car was bought from a small car dealer in the country.
The car was damaged after running over something. I found no damage to the piping or anything inside the cover. I pray this is only from this cheap oil pan cover.
I'm almost certain that it is casting flash from the new oil pan. No melted pieces and all of it is bright silver. I didn't see any other flakes looking up the bottom of oil pump into the engine. In fact, I didn't see anything until I put a small tool up into the area between the plate that covers the oil screen and pulled out the slivers of casting you see in the picture.
It was run up to 40 miles like this. Do you think it is all through the engine and inside the pistons and combustion area? What do you recommend I do if I can't bring it back?
By the way, the engine has no leaks anywhere after 171,000 miles. It was very well maintained prior to the time this cheap aftermarket oil pan was put on it by this dealer.