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Old 08-15-2012, 11:10 AM   #41
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Hmmm? Any chance there's access to this ductwork behind cabin air filter housing...maybe drill a hole, get ring, plug hole?
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:31 AM   #42
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Hmmm? Any chance there's access to this ductwork behind cabin air filter housing...maybe drill a hole, get ring, plug hole?
Possibly, wouldn't hurt to try. The man's marriage is on the line!! Save the family!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:36 AM   #43
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Hmmm? Any chance there's access to this ductwork behind cabin air filter housing...maybe drill a hole, get ring, plug hole?
I called him late last night after trouble shooting his problem. I mentioned going through the front but the depth seems too far away from the dash vents to be worth trying right now. I took out my cluster, left trim piece, and left a/c vent. I then tied a key chain ring to tooth floss and dropped it in my left-side dash vent. It seems like the dash vents lead out to the far left a/c vent. I told the OP to go find a parking lot and do some aggressive right hand turns to get the ring as far left as possible. Then take a coat hanger and see if it becomes visible down inside the dash vents by sticking it in the far most-left a/c port. I was feeling the ring basically hit the tubing where my hand was last night far back behind my instrument cluster in my dash. As long as the OP doesn't take an aggressive left and slide the ring to the middle ducts (causing the ring to fall into the abyss) then I believe with some patience he can get the ring this way.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:40 AM   #44
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All that trouble when all he needs is that $2 pickup tool and the $25 camera amazon sells and he would be able to fish his ring out in less than 30 minutes...
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:31 PM   #45
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All that trouble when all he needs is that $2 pickup tool and the $25 camera amazon sells and he would be able to fish his ring out in less than 30 minutes...
that pickup tool pays for itself when he gets the ring back. i could've used that tool to save me a lot of hassle from dropping a bolt on top of a spark plug...
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #46
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I have scoped this F*&%$er inside and out but can't see the ring. If I could simply see it, I know that I could find a way to remove it.

I did donuts tonight in a parking lot and could hear it slide around but still can't visually put my eyes on it.

This is frustrating as hell.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:39 PM   #47
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Take out the dash. It's not too bad at all, and I'm a person who hates anything time consuming.

When you're done doing sharp turns hoping it will come out, look up a DIY on removing the dash.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:02 AM   #48
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Sooooo, how goes getting ur ring. Any luck?

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Old 09-01-2012, 08:51 AM   #49
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Yes, I finally have my ring back. It cost me $375 for a mechanic to swing by my house on the weekend and remove and reassemble the entire dash.
The ring was in the defroster vent.

Thanks everybody for all your help!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:56 AM   #50
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$375 sounds pretty reasonable to r&r a dash. Glad you got it back
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:04 AM   #51
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$375 was the cheapest estimate from Craigslist.

Here is the amazing part.

He had done this approx 40-50 times.

It took him 2 1/2 hours without removing the front seats.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #52
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All this talk, all this anticipation

we were really looking forward to this

NO PICTURES??
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:46 AM   #53
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #54
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How romantic. You're sweet. Your wife is gorgeous.



Now pics of the dash apart!!!!
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:54 AM   #55
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I figured you really wanted the pictures of the dash apart. To be honest I watched the first 5-10 minutes and went inside the house for the next 2+ hours.
In Florida it has been 90+ degrees w/ 100% humidity and I figured that I might as well enjoy the $375 I spent in a cold house while he worked in my garage.
Sorry, no photos.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:01 AM   #56
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But no ice tea for the poor guy you left out in the heat??
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Actually he received cold gatorade, water and $375 cash....
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Nice...! Congrats! E46f fails to save a marriage this time, but oh well..
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