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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 04-19-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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I just made the dumbest mistake EVER! While fueling at a local gas station, I decide to add a quart of my own oil from the trunk. I pressed open the quart of oil with my thumb, breaking through the thin aluminum cover and without thinking, I began to pour. Instantly, a small sliver of aluminum, about the size of my thumb nail went down into the engine! :/
I have no choice but to continue driving as this is my only way to work! Will this destroy the engine?

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Old 04-19-2017, 08:39 PM   #2
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Just so I understand correctly, did the aluminium fall inside the oil fill lid on the top of the engine?


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Yes, That's correct. I began to pour oil into the engine and i saw a small patch of aluminum from the lid flow right into the engine. I did look down into the oil fill hole, but saw nothing. I then started the car and drove home.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:33 PM   #5
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How small? If it's large enough it'll stay up top cause there are screens on the oil returns. Take off the valve cover and check now before it gets wedged in the valve train.

If it's small enough to fit through the screens it'll end up in the pan. The pump has a screen so hopefully it'll stay in the pan. Drain the pan and hope it comes out.

If you still cannot find it then it's somewhere that will cost a fortune to find. Drive and hope it burns up. Do oil changes more frequently.

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All I could suggest is buy some oil flush and do a full oil change. Maybe twice over two weeks to give it a good flush


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about the size of my thumb nail went down into the engine! :/
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about the size of my thumb nail went down into the engine! :/
You're probably fine. You can't do anything but pull the valve cover. Flushing it will not do anything. The oil drain screens in the head will catch it. Flushing it doesn't undo that.
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