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metal shavings on chaincase dipstick

I checked my oil in my chaincase and there were matal shavings stuck to the magnet on the dipstick. I know the magnet is there to catch the metal shavings but is this normal? Do I need to take it apart and investigate further or just keep riding?
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depending on the size of the shavings it could be normal or abnormal but usually there isnt supposed to be shavings on it, there is just usually a bit of metal flake. if it was me i would take the side of the chain case off ASAP and check the internals (sprockets and chain) of it for serious wear it could also be from a berring let go but you should feel it if it was the berring or atleast hear it riding rough.

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I am sure the engineers expect to have some metal shavings or else they would have saved the money for a magnet!! Wouldn't hurt to pull it apart, tho!!

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i changed my chain case oil last season for the first time since new and there was very small sparkles on metal..puled the cover and everything was good!... so i would pull the cover and investigate further JUST in case,.. its probably nothing..just a bit of wear or somthing

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I had the same issue with some small shavings on my 98 GT dip stick. I was a little panicked until I realized even the manual says some shavings are normal on the magnet. After a lube change, I have yet to see another shaving. I am pretty sure that my changing the lube at 2500 miles was the first change of its life. The fluid was almost like peanut butter.
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Shavings are normal, chips are not. Change the lub every 1000 miles or once a season.
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I'm going to change the oil tomorrow. My sled has reverse and the crankcase doesn't look the same as my manual shows. Is there still a oil fill bolt so I don't overfill the chaincase and also is there any other precautions I need to take when the cover comes off since it has the reverse gear?
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What kind of sled is this?
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Clean lube once a year you'll never go wrong
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The sled is a 98 mxz 500. I opened the chaincase up and everything looked good. I used polaris synthetic chaincase lube to fill it up because the polaris dealer is the closest to my house.
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The synthetic oil from Polaris should be fine. Yamaha is the only one still using Gear lub.
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