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Doh!, oil chainge

Changed oil yesterday. As I was pouring new oil into the funnel I noticed a small piece of the plastic/foil tear seal from the oil bottle make it's way into the funnel and down into the engine. Have since ridden 20km with no issues. Keeping my fingers crossed that nothing is going to blow up or oil passages plugged as there is nothing obvious you can do about this.

Anyone have any experience with this or words of wisdom?
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you could drain and strain the oil and keep pouring it back in till the peace comes out

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Was it the entire foil seal from the bottle or just a tiny piece of it? If it's just a tiny piece, it probably isn't anything to worry about. Anything bigger and do what Silvifox says.

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Reminds me of my first car back in 1978 when I was 17 yrs old. An old Toyota with a hemi engine. The valves needed adjusting every oil change, 3000 miles or sooner. I dropped a non-magnetic nut down an open spark plug hole. The plugs had to come out to get the valve cover off, and so of course I managed to drop something in there.

So I had to pull the cylinder head off. I didn't have more than a cheap set of K-Mart wrenches, so I hopped on my bicycle and rode a few miles to a tool rental shop for a torque wrench. Then over to the dealer for a new head gasket.

The coolant had to be totally drained, but we had a gravel driveway...

When the cylinder head came loose, the remaining coolant hiding in the head dumped out, into the crankcase. Pretty soon most of the engine was laid out on the garage floor in pieces.

My words of wisdom to you would be to drain your oil and try to find that foil. It has probably already been chewed up by the pump and sent into your engine, but maybe you'll get lucky and find it. It may also be trapped in your oil filter already. Aside from that, I wouldn't disassemble anything further.
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I believe the oil passes through the pump, then through the filter, and then into the engine. Maybe someone else knows for sure. Most likely the foil has been captured by the filter and is not an issue.

Still, I'm a bit of a paranoid fool, so I'd do a complete oil/filter change based on my limited knowledge of the exact plumbing.
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If you've already ridden 20 km without incident, I'd say you are OK. If it is something that will worry you, change the oil filter and cut open the old one. I'll bet you find the foil on the dirty side of the filter. Cheap, easy, and will put your mind at ease.
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Go with this advice! I have often wondered what I would do in the same circumstance... Keep us posted!

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The oil pump pickup tube has a screen on it, it won't make it any further than this. you can remove the pan and clean the pickup tube screen . page 327 of the service manual explains it quite nicely. my only worry would be how big it is, because if its big enough, it has the ability to block the oil pickup tube and from there it will get real expensive, real fast.
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Doing a second oil/filter change tonight, on advice from this thread, and found the small piece of foil wedged in the tip of the funnel where it tappers down to a small opening. Fortunately found this cleaning the funnel before I drained the oil. Sigh of relief..... From now on I am going to be vigilant in completely removing the foil seals from oil bottles. Hope my tale of caution helps others avoid making the same mistake.

Thank you to all for your great input.

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