Not All that Glitters is a Sign of Trouble…

When checking transmission and rear end oil during routine maintenance, we’ll often find fine, glittery metal dust, smaller than grains of sand.

Some people see this and think it’s a sign of trouble — perhaps a worn or broken part  or  a bearing about to go out.

In our experience, this fine metal dust, if not occurring in large amounts, is not a sign of a problem, but rather a sign of ordinary wear.

Larger pieces likely are an indication that something inside the unit has broken or worn through the hardness, and this will require your attention.