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Magnetic oil plug worth it?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lunercrab, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Mar 1, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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    Lunercrab

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  2. May 5, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    I have magnetic drain plugs for all my motorcycles. Some collect a gray fuzz which must be metallic. I just got one for my 2002 Taco and will install it at next oil change. Are they worth it? Who knows.
     
  3. May 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    why dont you stick a regular magnet onto the oil pan, near the drain plug? then remove magnets, remove drain plug, and the filings in the proximity of the hole will just get sucked out.

    i thought about it, but have yet to implement my cheapo idea. my porsche has a magnetic drainplug..i do not see much caught up with it.
     
  4. May 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM
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    jusmac

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    unless your having tranny issues you dont see much shaving in cars, mostly mortorcycles since its a wet tranny and you feather the clutch so much. if you keep oil changed regularly there not alot of need for them in cars and trucks
     
  5. May 5, 2010 at 1:39 PM
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    I have been doing that on my cars for years. I read about it somewhere - can't remember where. I don't have any proof that it actually works, but it doesn't hurt anything so what the hell.
     
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    true it wont hurt anything so if it just one less thing to worry about then put one in.....
     
  7. May 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM
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    cheap insurance, most definately do it
     
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    My first two Toyota pickups came with magnetic drain plugs; I was somewhat surprised that my Tacoma's didn't have them. However, I only started seeing some metal "fuzz" when my '87 had about 150,000 miles on it.

    That said, it probably wouldn't hurt to stick a fridge magnet onto the pan somewhere near the drain plug. At least the Patent Office thinks it's not a totally useless idea:

    http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5314625.html

    Edit: Remember, though, that your engines are mostly aluminum -- the magnet isn't going to catch any of these shavings.
     
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