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Rocker gasket spacer found in sump of Hilux 3L..


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Horror show ..I just found what appears to be a metal spacer in the sump of a Hilux 3L engine, bought the engine from a wrecker of good repute in QLD as the original engine threw a conrod through the side of the block. car is an (allegedly invincible )LN107 1993 ..Wrecker, told me I wld have to change sump it looks the same but was leaking slightly so i took it off an hour ago Saturday june 18  ...I know very little about diesels or what can and cant pass through to the sump..I heard the engine running by video before buying it .. mechanic friend told me it sounded good and to go for it..Big Question Is it possible there is no damage done to this engine or is it likely to be cactus ?  The spacer seems to be in good shape ...Thanks in advance for any input,..@ndy

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It was probably dropped during the course of doing some head work and made it straight into the sump. If the washer has no markings on it, looks like it made no contact with any moving parts. Something like that can't circulate throughout the engine. Once it hit the bottom, there it stayed, so just remove it and move on.

You did mention the engine sounded ok an it most likely is ok. If it were to grenade, it would've done so already.

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As long as the engine has warranty from your wrecker, and I assume you've mentioned the washer in the sump, you should be ok. I really doubt it will have any issues. Just think someone was fumbling around replacing a leaking rocker cover gasket or something similar up there and accidently dropped it unknowingly and just think it ran for all those years after and up until it found its way to the wreckers. It was started and ran for you and all seemed ok, so I wouldn't be worried to be honest mate.

Clean up the sump, new gasket and go for it.

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Thanx Tony, it’s heartening to hear.Just to verify it’s not exactly a washer it’s cylindrical in shape about 10mm in diameter and 7mm in height,steel a little more than 1mm thick…kind of thing that cld roll off bench easily  

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