metal particles in old oil?

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May 31, 2004
Help a newbie out...I recently bought a 2000 Subaru with 50K miles on it, and the previous owner had done all oil changes himself about every 4,000 miles. I just changed the oil for the first time after running about 4500 miles on the last oil (Shell 5w30 + Purolator filter). After I poured the (very black) oil out of the drain pan, I noticed on the bottom dozens of small metallic particles, maybe the size of a grain of sand or a little smaller.

This being my first ever DIY oil change, I have nothing to compare it to, but my common sense sounded an alarm. Is this really bad? If so, what could be the problem? I just had the car looked over by the dealer when they did a tuneup, trans and differential service and fuel filter, and they said everything seemed great. I'm just a little concerned, although I am still under warranty.
Since you are under warranty I would take it into the dealer and have them tell you what is wrong!!! Part of your problem from a warranty standpoint do you have any records from the previous owner that he serviced the car? If not and there is a problem the dealer might give you a hard time.
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