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Old 03-05-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Dropped plastic piece into oil fill hole.

While removing the ribber middle oil filler tube, i broke the tip of the tube that connects to the engine. I saw one piece fall on the engine and thought the other out as well but it was inside the tube. So, when i tried to remove the engine side it dropped into the engine. Tried a shop vac, long wire with gummy tape and no luck. Oil is currently drained and the sump plate is off. How do I go about locating it and removing it? It's a one inch by 1/2 inch triangular piece.

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If I understand you clearly, you were not fishing for the piece because you could see it but fishing blind hoping for a lucky break, if that is the case maybe you can try the following. Just an idea, since the sump plate is off, try flooding the intake with a small amount of clean oil and observe, you're going to need a big catch and some luck.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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I will give that a try. I thinking maybe get one of those drain cams and see where it's at. But, I'll give the oil thing a try.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:25 PM   #4
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Didn't try the oil fill trick yet as the sump plate is out and the so are many other parts. Did get the tool with the camera at the end of a hose that is used for drains. Can't seem to find it. When removing the clutch I turned the engine so might have gotten stuck somewhere. Looking from the bottom I think it should have fallen or will fall into sump if it didn't get chewed up.

Should I remove the spark plugs and turn the engine (easily) until it falls?

Any ideas guys? I definitely don't want to leave it in there even tho it's plastic.
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Bumping for some attention!!

Can't imagine noone else has dropped anything in the engine ever!
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Sweet success!!

Can see it sticking it's ugly sharp head out of the round hole. Forced air from shop vac did the trick.

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Sweet success

Nothing beats the huge sigh of relief when you work your way out of a pickle like that, nice job.
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When wrenching "there is no substitute" for patience and relentless persistence, good job. Case looks like a convict under hack has been on it with a toothbrush and polish.
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That's why I hate plastic.....
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That's what makes it all so fun, nice one Bala!!
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When wrenching "there is no substitute" for patience and relentless persistence, good job. Case looks like a convict under hack has been on it with a toothbrush and polish.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:38 AM   #13
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Guys,
you all can probably imagine my state of mind. I was so happy when i saw the plastic piece stick out of the hole. This car is a love hate relationship. Just when you think you want to part it out it crawls back under your skin again!

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