Originally Posted by bobox
Sounds reasonable. I think I'll run the engine with the new oil change for a number of hours and then do another oil change and see if I find anymore grains of sugar. I can reach all the bolts on the sump so I think I have just enough clearance to get it off and clean out the strainer.
If I were you, I would do multiple oil & filter changes -- as in many, many --in rapid succession, and I would by all means get that oil pan off and thoroughly clean it out together with the strainer. I would think that most of the sugar is probably lying on the bottom of the oil pan (sugar is very dense compared to oil), and/or stuck in the strainer. If you get an obstruction to oil flow because of the sugar grains, or an obstructed oil filter
, you will have big problems. If the oil filter
gets clogged with sugar grains, pressure will go up and a bypass valve will actuate, which could
let the grains get into the pressure oil system, at which point all bets are off.
As you do your oil changes, you might consider cutting open the filters to monitor
whether you're still getting sugar in there. You might also consider a follow-up oil pan drop or two. If you're lucky the sugar will disappear after the first clean-out.
I had not grocked before that you have already put on 40 hours. If you've got 40 hours on with sugar in the engine and it hasn't seized already, that is a pretty good sign, I think, that the sugar has not gotten further than the oil pan.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.