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    What do you guys think of magnets in/on the oil pan to catch iron particles etc.. in the oil?
    Someone posted a question in the oil filter thread about them. I have put a strong magnet on the OUTSIDE of the oil pan right by the drain plug on a 94' LT1 Camaro before. I dunno if it has caught much of anything or not- the engine is still running like a champ at 245,000 miles. I guarantee that it is strong enough to hold filings through the oil pan- I used a rare earth magnet from a really big computer hard drive- this sucker is about 1" long X .75" wide X .5" thick and is so strong that you can't hardly pull it off of something with your hands. It was laying around the shop after I tore apart an old hard drive- and I put it on the oil pan back in about 96' or so and its been there ever since. One of them things that I figure may or may not help- but CANT hurt...

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    😉we run filter magnets on our products as an added preventative measure. It keeps the filter flowing as it should for a longer interval. Some ran magnets epoxy attached in the oil pans for some time. We also run magnets on some dry sump pans on the trough area. We like preventative measures even though it is not mandatory. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOOSTPOWER View Post
    we run filter magnets on our products as an added preventative measure. It keeps the filter flowing as it should for a longer interval. Some ran magnets epoxy attached in the oil pans for some time. We also run magnets on some dry sump pans on the trough area. We like preventative measures even though it is not mandatory. Enjoy!
    I'm with Alexi, I think the filter mag products are well worth it. All the Stefs and B&B pans come with a magnetic oil drain plug.
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    Magnets have been used for many years in large trucks. Most truck transmissions and rearends use some type of magnetic drain plug that makes it much easier when serviced to check for particles that would indicate some type of failure.
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    I have a product called "Filtermag" FilterMAG: Magnetic Oil Filters finish the Job Your Filter Started. on the outside of both my oil and fuel filters on my boat with the Mercury Racing 600 SCi.

    I also have a magnet in the bottom of the diff cases and trans pan on my rock crawler, in the oil pans and valve covers of my rockcrawler and my hotrod Camaro. Any time I've taken any of those covers off, they seem to have done the job, they have tiny metal particles all over them.
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    Yes good product

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    I too prefer the Filtermag and magnetic drain plugs. I like the idea of being able to remove the stuff from the oil, not just globbing it up in one inaccessable area. In olden days some auto mfgrs. had them in automatic transmission pans, the idea was that the magnet would be cleaned when the filter and fluid were serviced(you have to remove the pan to change the fluid and filter). Since most peeps never change their trans oil and filter it may have been a good idea gone bad, I don't know for sure, but you don't see too many mags in the trans pan anymore. We have put speaker magnets in our rod hone and cylinder hone oil sumps for years. The mags in the rod hone splash pan will build up quite a lot of swarf, and if not cleaned, will allow chunks of the stuff to fall off back into the hone oil. This was an experiment I did about twenty years ago to see what would happen. We still use the magnets, but clean them regularly. TIMINATOR
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    I have a FilterMag magnet on the bottom of my oil pan near where the pickup is located, and also one on the outside of my oil filter, allways been a believer in preventive maintenence, and every little bit helps. Going to be pulling the engine and pan this winter to have the pan coated, will post what and how much the magnet caught some time down the road.
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    Sweet, it's amazing what actually circulates through an engine!

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    on every motor i build i put these rare earth magnet strips directly in the path of the returning oil on top of the heads, i couldnt believe how much crap is caught. i noticed as the valve springs wear they tend to eat up the spring shims and also couldnt believe on several of these motors they broke little tiny pieces off of some of the valve springs tips on the last coil wear its ground down to meet the retainer , random which springs but non the less the motors are still going to this day problem free thanks to trusty old magnets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blown$um View Post
    on every motor i build i put these rare earth magnet strips directly in the path of the returning oil on top of the heads, i couldnt believe how much crap is caught. i noticed as the valve springs wear they tend to eat up the spring .

    do you expoxy them in ?

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    I use them in the heads and the oil pan. I don't epoxy them, rare earth magnets are hard enough to remove just sticking to something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregb View Post
    I use them in the heads and the oil pan. I don't epoxy them, rare earth magnets are hard enough to remove just sticking to something.
    Not on aluminum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbletop409 View Post
    Not on aluminum
    True. I can't afford the nice aluminum stuff so it slipped my mind......

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