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#1 exponential

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:28 AM

Hi guys.

I was installing new lights into the cluster and thought I would take a look at the condition of the air filter.

I unscrewed all four bolts and I mustve unscrewed the one on the front left (as you look at the engine) too much and it dropped into the engine bay right next to the radiator fan...

I heard it hit something plastic so I assumed it would be rasting on the undertray but alas no...

Shone a torch all over to see if I could see it but no joy. :(

I'm REALLY concerned that it has gone into the radiator fan and I dont want to start the car for obvious reasons!

Such a schoolboy error and i'm gutted....

Is it just a case of turn the engine over and see?

Mike.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:51 AM

I'm pretty sure the car will start as normal.
Pretty unlucky if not !
Me? I'd start it.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:55 AM

i dropped one of the return pipe clips for the injectors, couldnt find it so i just started it and forgot about it. have you taken the undertray off? it might be easier to find it from under there. i also dropped a a phillips head bit for my rachet around the same area and i found it lying on the tray.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:04 AM

I'm pretty sure the car will start as normal.
Pretty unlucky if not !
Me? I'd start it.

  

i dropped one of the return pipe clips for the injectors, couldnt find it so i just started it and forgot about it. have you taken the undertray off? it might be easier to find it from under there. i also dropped a a phillips head bit for my rachet around the same area and i found it lying on the tray.


Im sure it will start to but theres always that doubt! :0

Ive taken the undertray off yeah but no luck.....

Im just gonna have to start it up and see eh.....

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:22 AM

I've left a coolant top off and all sort left in
The engine. It will be fine.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:28 AM

agree'd, if it has fallen into the radiator housing, when the radiator kicks in it will chip the screw out and probably forward then it will fall into the undertray. Alternatively, get yourself a strong magnet, lay underneath and run the magnet around all the hoses, and housings, you might get stuck to a few pipes, but you will get the screw if its laying loose!



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:44 AM

agree'd, if it has fallen into the radiator housing, when the radiator kicks in it will chip the screw out and probably forward then it will fall into the undertray. Alternatively, get yourself a strong magnet, lay underneath and run the magnet around all the hoses, and housings, you might get stuck to a few pipes, but you will get the screw if its laying loose!

 get a magnetic pick up tool - well worth the few quid!



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:54 AM

 get a magnetic pick up tool - well worth the few quid!


Definate purchase.... essential really for cack handed friggers like myself!! :D

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:35 PM

 get a magnetic pick up tool - well worth the few quid!

 

This! say no more! mine has a light on it and extends to 1 meter, the light stopped working but the rest is perfect. I don't use it often but when i do it's priceless



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:45 PM

This! say no more! mine has a light on it and extends to 1 meter, the light stopped working but the rest is perfect. I don't use it often but when i do it's priceless

Snap!



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:15 PM

 
This! say no more! mine has a light on it and extends to 1 meter, the light stopped working but the rest is perfect. I don't use it often but when i do it's priceless


Need to get me one of these then!!! :)

Time to go on e-bay again I reckon......

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:27 AM

I got a magnetic pick up tool for when I work on PC's, it extends to 1.5 metres but I never really needed it in the car. I find that I cant really get the damn thing into any crevices so I am better off removing the road noise deflector and just work from there!



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