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Old 11-11-2012, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,

I just got my top manifold taken off but, of course, I ran into a slight issue. I dropped a small 12mm socket in the back of the engine. If you look at the picture, it fell right by the Oil Supply Line Bracket Bolt. I tried finding the socket for a good hour but just cant seem to find where it went. Is it okay if I just left it there? It fell quite a distance down from hearing the socket drop like Plinko from the Price is Right.




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Old 11-11-2012, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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prob by the coolant lines and fell into a rear bracket. Just pop off all of your intake pipes and reach back in there with the motor cold.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: I Dropped A Small 12mm Socket Here...

Just turn it upside down and shake it.

Don't you wish that was an option!!!

No, you're fine. It just went into the time machine. Someone in the future will get your 12mm socket when they least expect it!
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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prob by the coolant lines and fell into a rear bracket. Just pop off all of your intake pipes and reach back in there with the motor cold.
Yeah I took of the pre-turbo pipe for the rear off along with the intake manifold and I still can't get my hand to feel anything. I can't see anything either back their unfortunately.

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Just turn it upside down and shake it.

Don't you wish that was an option!!!

No, you're fine. It just went into the time machine. Someone in the future will get your 12mm socket when they least expect it!
Damn I wish I could just shake it out lol.

Cool thanks lawdogg. Yeah there is no way I can see or feel any socket. It basically followed the bracket all the way down and must of curled somewhere underneath the engine.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I dropped a #10 socket down by my front turbo. I couldn't see where it went but had a magnet and poked down where I thought it went. I didn't get my #10 back but I got a 9/16 socket that someone else had lost. I also lost a #10 deepwell by the back turbo. Couldn't find it either. I just pulled the motor for a rebuild after spinning a bearing and got both of them back.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Of course bumpy roads will set off false-knock as a side effect from metal banging around.
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Well, I think my previous EVO will be a rattle can on bumpy road.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I cant just not find things like this, lol. I would take the whole thing apart just to find it if it were mine lol. Lucky for me its never came to that. Usually I only have to get extremely pissed before I manage to take a break and come back and finally get it somehow.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: I Dropped A Small 12mm Socket Here...

You should be fine...In my last TT I had, I found a 12mm wrench down in that area, and that didnt seem to have any negative effects before I found it lol

But I did come out with an extra wrench which was nice!
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: I Dropped A Small 12mm Socket Here...

Here's the old wives tale method, drop another and watch where it goes, insert big smiley here.
Or the science method, reload and try again to see if it happens again.

I prefer the roughneck method, scrapyard with a big electromagnet crane, guarenteed to pull anything out of hiding. Lol
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