Originally Posted by mmarshall
Keep in mind, though, that, in most cases, oil is SUPPOSED to turn dark with age. if it doesn't, it might not be doing its job, which is to keep micro-small particles in suspension that are too small for the filter-element to trap and hold. Those particles are what makes the oil turn from amber to brown to black over time.
Oh the oil that came out of the pan was plenty dark (not black, just dark). Just the stuff on the valvetrain was light. I take that to mean wear was minimal/nonexistent up there.