What is this, and is it still functional?

fly_25

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Oct 20, 2020
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While changing the filter in my V6 I found this little black plastic piston thing that's just hanging out there. Seems like it's a check valve of some sort that has lost its retainer. Should I just remove it, is it necessary?
 

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ELCAM

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Jun 19, 2021
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If the filter gets clogged up and the pressure gets too high the oil filter will be bypassed through that valve. In the condition it is in now it is doubtful any oil is going through the filter.
 
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fly_25

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Oct 20, 2020
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Damn, don't know how this could have happened. Thanks for the reply!
 
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