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Hello, is there any issue with placing a strong magnet(s) on the outside of the oil filter, in regards to affecting the internal bypass?

Having a cam replaced because a lobe went bad and want to catch anything that may be circulating in the oil.

Also going to place some strong earth magnets on the oil pan.

Your thoughts?
 

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Don’t put them on the oil pan as you will never be able to clean the metal off but you can get a oil drain plug with a magnet..there’s a company that makes magnets that go on oil filters as I have them on my car and also on my truck...
 

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Some people keep magnets on their filters all the time.

I've personally lost a lobe and a half on a 302 and if it circulated any bits through the oil system I couldn't see any sign of it in the bearings or anywhere but inside the filter.
 

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If I lost a lobe the whole engine would be taken apart. Hydraulic lifters are are a magnet for that crap and they can’t be cleaned. Stray bits of RTV sealant plugs up a lot of oil passage ways as well.
Do it once and do it properly.
 

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There are MANY different types of stainless steel, some are magnetic, some are not magnetic. I designed internals for distillation & fractionation towers for 21 years & used mainly the 300 & 400 series of SS... used copper only a few times :). Dean
 

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Hmmm. Guy wiped a cam lobe and everyone's all off into discussing brass, stainless, and babbit in the oil like those are relevant.
We are the VMF, there's no thread we can't derail!
 

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Other than the engine backfiring, or missing, what other signs implicate a cam lobe being wiped?
 

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Those might depend if it was intake or exhaust lobe, but I'm sure finding powdered metal in your oil would be a clue.
 

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Hmmm. Guy wiped a cam lobe and everyone's all off into discussing brass, stainless, and babbit in the oil like those are relevant.
We are the VMF, there's no thread we can't derail!
What good would magnets do for bearing failures?
 

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What do bearing failures have to do with our original poster of this thread having wiped a cam lobe?
Though I guess the more metal particles you can get stuck to a magnet versus being embedded in the babbit is always good.
 

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If you can get magnets from a hard drive (HDD) they are way stronger than say a refrigerator magnet.
 

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Hmmm. Guy wiped a cam lobe and everyone's all off into discussing brass, stainless, and babbit in the oil like those are relevant.
We are the VMF, there's no thread we can't derail!
Took the words right out of my mouth!
 
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