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      05-14-2014, 09:52 PM   #67
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Interesting that BMW Motorcycles have recently started to use magnetic plugs on transmissions and final drives. They catch a fair bit due to the lack of an oil filter.
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Can someone post the Dackelone posts talking about magnetic drain plugs? haven't been able to find these. Thanks
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Can someone post the Dackelone posts talking about magnetic drain plugs? haven't been able to find these. Thanks

Here you go... see post #43...

UUC magnetic oil drain plug...
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=496058



I first bought a UUC magnetic drain plug. It was ok. It did work. A few years later I discovered the Dimple Plugs... and I was blown away by them! They are really well made and the magnet is very strong. MUCH stronger than the UUC one. Plus you can see in my video... the blue paint was chipping off the UUC plug.

I highly recommend the Dimple Plugs!

I would recommend you to purchase extra copper o-rings with your Dimple Plugs. They give you a few... but its easier just to get a bunch and squirrel them away in your tool box for future use/oil changes.

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SfValley335i I hope you don't mind... I "merged" our two thread and made it a "sticky" - for everyone to read.

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i ordered months ago from uuc and they still havent me mine i inquired about it they stated it was on back order its been so long now i forgot/didnt bother to even chase them for a 10 dollr drain plug oh well
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i ordered months ago from uuc and they still haven't me mine i inquired about it they stated it was on back order its been so long now i forgot/didn't bother to even chase them for a 10 dollar drain plug oh well
One more reason to order the Dimple Plug drain plug(!) and not the UUC one.

http://magneticdrainplugs.co/bmwautomobiles.php
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$35 for a drain plug, come on...
The Dimply Plugs are really worth it. ($35) Its a very string magnet and it hasn't fallen apart like the UUC one. Its also about five times stronger than the UUC unit. The amount of metal that the magnet pulls out of your oil is amazing. So its worth it to me.
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The Dimply Plugs are really worth it. ($35) Its a very string magnet and it hasn't fallen apart like the UUC one. Its also about five times stronger than the UUC unit. The amount of metal that the magnet pulls out of your oil is amazing. So its worth it to me.
Mine just came in today. Can't believe that I spent nearly $40 with shipping for an oil drain plug, but the reviews are hard to argue with. Will be installing it when doing my oil change this week.
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Took the time this afternoon to perform a routine oil change as I turned over 65,000 miles this past weekend. As some added insurance, I will be following 5,000 intervals while I own the car. I also took this opportunity to replace the OEM oil drain plug with the Dimple Plug I recently picked up -- definitely interested to see what this has collected over the next 5,000 miles.



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Just wanted to check back in. Just replaced my oil after 5,000 miles of use with the Dimple Plug. The magnet hadn't picked up anything. Definitely a good thing considering the strength of this magnet.
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Just wanted to check back in. Just replaced my oil after 5,000 miles of use with the Dimple Plug. The magnet hadn't picked up anything. Definitely a good thing considering the strength of this magnet.
My Dimple Plug usually has a thin layer of metal dust on it, when I remove it for an oil change. No bog metallic bits, just a smooth dust, that I wipe off and reinstall with a new crush washer.

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My Dimple Plug usually has a thin layer of metal dust on it, when I remove it for an oil change. No bog metallic bits, just a smooth dust, that I wipe off and reinstall with a new crush washer.

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It was quite hard to see considering that oil was on the plug itself and I tried to be gentle wiping off the oil that remained coated to the magnet, but I'm sure there was probably the dust that you speak of on there that came off when lightly wiped by my rag. Regardless, feel better about it being on there than the OEM plug. Thanks again for the heads up and I'll continue to check back in as I work through future oil changes.
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Couple year later update, still pretty sure this thing is 100% snake oil. It catches almost nothing, but perhaps more importantly I don't think it does anything the filter does not. There are only a few contaminants that are magnetic anyway, plenty of non-magnetic metals among other things.

he filter gets both the magnetic and non-magnetic stuff. I just don't see what even finding stuff on the plug proves, probably just stuff the filter would catch anyway.

The magnet is one small spot in the bottom of thee pan, nothing is forced past it. Magnetic force drops off incredibly fast with distance (1/R^3). No matter how strong this this is it will only pull magnetic particles towards in in a very small hemisphere around it.

I wouldn't buy one again unless it was for a small iron engine with no oil filter. I think it's silly, right up there with acupuncture. If I has spent more than a few minutes thinking about the physics and engine operation at play I probably could've save myself $35.
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I have the Dimple which is preferred by the cognoscenti:

http://www.magneticoildrainplugs.co....ain_Plugs.html
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I have had one for my engine oil pan and another one for my manual transmission.

Both pick up metallic dust at every oli change. I can confirm this has been the case at every oil change I have been doing in the last couple of years. Its easier to see if you wipe the drain bolts down with a white paper towel.

Its obvious that the magnet will not attract particles that more than a few inches away, but will eventually do some of the pulling while the car is at rest, etc.

For the engine oil pan, I see the magnectic bolt as additional protection to the filter. For the manual Tranny which has no filter, I think the bolt plays a more important role.

Full disclosure, the car sees a lot of track abuse, so perhaps my use case and wear pattern are different than yours....


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Couple year later update, still pretty sure this thing is 100% snake oil. It catches almost nothing, but perhaps more importantly I don't think it does anything the filter does not. There are only a few contaminants that are magnetic anyway, plenty of non-magnetic metals among other things.

he filter gets both the magnetic and non-magnetic stuff. I just don't see what even finding stuff on the plug proves, probably just stuff the filter would catch anyway.

The magnet is one small spot in the bottom of thee pan, nothing is forced past it. Magnetic force drops off incredibly fast with distance (1/R^3). No matter how strong this this is it will only pull magnetic particles towards in in a very small hemisphere around it.

I wouldn't buy one again unless it was for a small iron engine with no oil filter. I think it's silly, right up there with acupuncture. If I has spent more than a few minutes thinking about the physics and engine operation at play I probably could've save myself $35.
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Couple year later update, still pretty sure this thing is 100% snake oil. It catches almost nothing, but perhaps more importantly I don't think it does anything the filter does not. There are only a few contaminants that are magnetic anyway, plenty of non-magnetic metals among other things.

he filter gets both the magnetic and non-magnetic stuff. I just don't see what even finding stuff on the plug proves, probably just stuff the filter would catch anyway.

The magnet is one small spot in the bottom of thee pan, nothing is forced past it. Magnetic force drops off incredibly fast with distance (1/R^3). No matter how strong this this is it will only pull magnetic particles towards in in a very small hemisphere around it.

I wouldn't buy one again unless it was for a small iron engine with no oil filter. I think it's silly, right up there with acupuncture. If I has spent more than a few minutes thinking about the physics and engine operation at play I probably could've save myself $35.
I agree.
In any case, what is important to know is how much of the metal is NOT collected by the magnetic drain plug. It is very possible that the few mg of metallic dust on the magnetic plug are negligible compared to the amounts floating in there and collected by the oil filter. Frequent oil / filter changes are the best way to get rid of them

By the way BMW maintenance experts like Mike Miller suggest frequent oil changes (break-in at 1200miles and then every 10K miles) because of the amount of metal particles in the engine oil.
Here is a telling quote from his BMW Lifetime maintenance schedule v03.13:"Oil analysis has shown the engine and driveline oils in new modern BMWs are literally full of metal at 1,200 miles..."
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By the way BMW maintenance experts like Mike Miller suggest frequent oil changes (break-in at 1200miles and then every 10K miles) because of the amount of metal particles in the engine oil.
Here is a telling quote from his BMW Lifetime maintenance schedule v03.13:"Oil analysis has shown the engine and driveline oils in new modern BMWs are literally full of metal at 1,200 miles..."
^^This is why had changed my engine oil FIVE times by the time my car hit 15K miles! I first changed the oil at 1,200 kms, then 2,400 kms, then 5K kms, then 10K kms and then again at 15K kms! (yes Kms, I think in metric since I am living in DE! )Some people think that's over kill. But I think its the only real way to get out all those metal bits inside the motor. And oil changes are far cheaper than re-building your engine!

Now I tend to change the engine oil every 6K kms.
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Arrow OTC (5911) Drain Plug Pro Magnetic Drain Plug Remover

Just an FYI post... for my next oil change on my 135i I plan on using this tool. I think it will make my next oil change a lot easier and worry free of burning my hand when I remove the oil pan plug.

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Good info! Just purchased my Dimple plug ! I'll change it out when my oil change is due!
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Just an FYI post... for my next oil change on my 135i I plan on using this tool. I think it will make my next oil change a lot easier and worry free of burning my hand when I remove the oil pan plug.
One of the best investments I've made. It made my last oil change on my E82 the first ever without getting a drop of oil anywhere on me. Another oil change with nothing on the Dimple Plug!

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One of the best investments I've made. It made my last oil change on my E82 the first ever without getting a drop of oil anywhere on me. Another oil change with nothing on the Dimple Plug!
I also really like this magnetic oil plug tool thing. It sounds so silly... but its well worth it. No more oil going down your hands/arms or burnt fingers. Another perk is I had lost a bolt under the car... this tool's magnetic field is VERY strong. It found that screw pretty darn quick!

Dackel approved.


I also love my Dimple Drain Plug. Another nice tool to have is this green form-a-funnel... I jam it up between the belly pan and the oil pan sump. That way the oil doesn't pour onto the inside of my belly pan.

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Can someone post the Dackelone posts talking about magnetic drain plugs? haven't been able to find these. Thanks
Forget about the UUC drain plug. Buy the Dimple design ones. Here is the link/company. Dimple makes a much better magnetic plug.

http://magneticdrainplugs.co/bmwautomobiles.php
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