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Old 09-09-2013, 07:32 PM
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Exclamation I Lost a Ball...

I'm in the process of replacing my oil pan, and while I walked past the engine stand I found this....

I'm praying that it is a check ball out of the oil filter housing, and not out of a bearing. I don't have a very good knowledge of the inside of these engines.
Where could this of come from?

I really dont want to have to rebuild the engine. Moneys tight and this is my only transportation.

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Heres a crappy picture of the underside of the filter housing.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:49 PM
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If that fits inside that small hole shown in that pic of the oil filter mounting location, I'd be surprised. What would hold it in?... I think it's more likely a ball bearing out of your engine stand or jack caster wheel...
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:57 PM
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my wheels on my jack spit bearings like that

good call
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:03 PM
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It couldn't be out of the caster wheels. I have concrete blocks under the engine and it was resting on those blocks.
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so your engine stand has no wheels?

and you didn't use a floor jack ?

other than check balls I can't think of a ball bearing that could sneak out of the motor ?
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:07 PM
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Been through a lot of engines, never seen a roller bearing inside of the typical type, just cam/ crank aluminum type bearings and needle bearings that look like little rods. If there was fresh oil from your engine all over it and a spot where it stuck to your shop floor I would raise an eyebrow. Probly from a caster. Paint your oil pan really good before you put it back on...
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:10 PM
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Does an oil filter with an anti-drain-back valve have a check ball and spring in it? Usually silicone.Take apart an old filter and see...
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:35 PM
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Heres the weird thing.

It was found on a concrete block directly under the engine, above the casters. I keep my casters greased and there was no grease on the ball. But there wasnt any oil on it either.
It was pretty clean.

No one has been around the engine but me and I know I didnt put that thing there.

The only thing I can think of is that I had a throwout bearing go bad on me about a month and a half ago. Sent little balls everywhere. But, I've driven the truck since then, replaced the tranny and pulled the engine since that t/o bearing went bad. And now after all that, while the engine was sitting still over night, that little bastard decides to roll out of his hiding spot and plant himself directly under the block? Its kinda hard for me to wrap my head around. I have an extra t/o bearing thats thrashed. Im going to tear it apart tomorrow and compare the sizes of the balls.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:50 PM
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That's a thought. Could've been stuck to something greasy or hung in a crevice until you took the other stuff apart. I don't think it's internal, either way. Other crap would've been hung in your oil pump screen most likely.
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That's a thought. Could've been stuck to something greasy or hung in a crevice until you took the other stuff apart. I don't think it's internal, either way. Other crap would've been hung in your oil pump screen most likely.
Yeah, and there wasnt any metal shavings on the drain plug or in the pan...

My plan was to have the pan back on tonight, but after I found that ball I stopped what I was doing.
You think it'd be alright to install that pan tomorrow?
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