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Long story... a short time ago I scratched a cam journal removing the intake cam. I posted on here and a few other places and I was told to just sand it down lightly to remove any burrs and it would be fine.

I did that and slapped it all back together hoping I wouldn't have any further issues.

Well today I pulled it apart to adjust valves and check the journal and I found something concerning to me. I have driven it about 2-300 miles since slapping it all back together. When I pulled the journal it all looked fine until I notices a small metal flake wedged in between the head and cam inside the journal.

I found 2 - 3 little flakes (pictured bellow on cloth, it's that small flake on the oil spot) and when I tightened the cap back on metallic oil was pushed out from where the bolt is (also pictured). I also have pictures of what the cam and journal looked like today (no scratches that could catch my finger nail and they look pretty much the same as when I put it together as far as I can tell).





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What does everyone think? Could these metallic specs just be some kind of result of the used cam I put it breaking into the head? Or could the metallic flakes just be the previous journal damage wearing off and it will go away and not cause an issue once worn? Or am I SOL and need a new head/machine work? P.S. I know this is the civic forum and this is an integra but I didn't get much attention on integra forum and this is an interchangeable issue.

Here are pictures in order of the initial damage, and then what it looked like after I sanded it.




 

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Good detail in the pictures.

With that much glitter coming out of the cam cap bolt, I would pull it apart and clean it. If any of that material got down into the main & rod bearing surfaces, the chances of messing up the cams & crank & rod bearing surfaces is high.

You could try a couple static oil changes. Put the front of the car up on jack stands. Drain oil. Re-Fill it. Run it under low load while jacked up, and drain it. Maybe 2-3 times.

Thats what I would try if it was my car.

And if you don't see any more glitter after a couple drain & fills, I wouldn't worry. As long as you monitor your cam for wear.

Another thing I would do is try to get that cam cap and cam polished with a nice metal polish & rotary pad. Like a dremmel.
 
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