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Old 12-04-2012, 12:27 PM
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Would you drop the oil pan?

I was torquing my injectors down and broke the torx bit I was using. The small piece of torx bit fell down one of the oil passages in the bottom of the rocker box. Pretty sure I heard it go all the way to the oil pan. I'm thinking I will have to drop the oil pan, but hoping someone has another idea.

So far my top three ideas:
1.)Try to flush it out with oil.
2.)Drag a magnet across the oil pan hopefully moving it closer to the drain plug.
3.)Drop the oil pan
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:44 PM
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Unless you plan on driving around upside down, I wouldn't worry about it.
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More than likely flushing with oil will not work. I guess you will find out, since you have to drain the pan, unless it is already drained. The magnet might work, but could be a PITA. The pan hopefully wont have to come off for you to get to the upper deck if it didn't fall all the way down. There should be room to reach in, even with a magnetic tool to go fishing without having to raise the engine. BYW, it sucks to drop a piece in the motor!
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Unless you plan on driving around upside down, I wouldn't worry about it.
Lol, thats tooo much...

Op, i'm not sure what to say, mine broke too, I just didn't lose it down the hole. If you feel it went to the bottom, I wouldnt sweat it, just worry a lil every day. Idk.

Sent from my phone that somebody didn't help me get.
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There is no way in he11 I'd drive around with that in my oil pan. When it gets sucked up and hits the low pressure oil pump gears you're going to cryin' the blues big time.
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There is no way in he11 I'd drive around with that in my oil pan. When it gets sucked up and hits the low pressure oil pump gears you're going to cryin' the blues big time.
I've never seen metal float, especially in oil.

And it's not going to get through the screen in the pick-up tube even if it did float.

If you would waste the time to pull the oil pan for a piece of metal in it, you need a physics lesson IMO
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i'm with mitch on this one
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I've never seen metal float, especially in oil.

And it's not going to get through the screen in the pick-up tube even if it did float.

If you would waste the time to pull the oil pan for a piece of metal in it, you need a physics lesson IMO
Obviously you know not of which you speak. There is a bypass of the screen in the pickup tube for when the oil is real cold and thick. When the oil is real cold and thick it's entirely possible for it to carry that little chunk of metal right along with it into the oil pump. A friend of mine had a piece of his rocker arm come apart and got sucked up into his oil pump exactly this way. He had to rebuild the motor.

Ever see water carry off cars, trucks, bridges?

Live and learn. You need a lesson in automotive mechanics.

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:23 PM
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Ask a guy I work with what happens when a nut makes it into the hpop
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I have dropped things into the pan of my Hot Rod. I used a magnet in the drain hole to recover it. While it does mucho sucko, if you can't fish it out, I'd try pulling the pan, or dropping it enough to get a paw in there to hunt for it.

sent from a dumb guy with a smart phone
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