My Wife has labeled me a "HypoCARdriac" because the slightest noise has me tearing into our cars and over-diagnosing problems. This mixed with my very intermediate mechanical knowledge (always trying to learn though) has equaled many nights of lost sleep, expensive and unnecessary repairs, and general stress. I have too many examples to list but the newest one happened this week when I noticed metallic particles in the oil on the dipstick. This motor has less than 100miles on a complete rebuild and took me 6 months to get back in the car due to limited free time (kids). My heart went through the floor. I spent every free moment since researching symptoms and reading pages and pages of threads and was becoming convinced that a crank bearing was shot and another 6 months on an engine stand was imminent. I drained the oil, carefully poured it through panty hose, dissected the oil filter.........but no particles. I replaced with new oil and filter, let the car idle for a while watching the pressure gauge (40-30ish psi). Things were looking better! But, when I checked the oil...there they were again! Shiny little metal particles in the oil! I wiped the dipstick again....more particles...again....more particles..... Turns out the new chrome dipstick had tiny flecks of chrome coming off onto the rag when I was rubbing it. Anyway, any other HypoCARdriacs out there?