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Old 08-21-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Mystery part after replacing voltage regulator

Found this (see attached thumbnail) lying on the ground as i was cleaning up tools, etc post project. broken on the bottom, it appears to have some kind of oil lubricant/dirt. had a friend helping me with replacing the voltage regulator and it's possible something broke when he was working on it. Anyone recognize this piece?

i removed the air box, moved the power steering reservoir, removed the fan shroud, changed the belts, removed the alternator and back again.

thanks for any hints on this.

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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Its the drain screw off the bottom of the radiator or part of it

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Old 08-22-2012, 05:58 AM   #4
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Its the drain screw off the bottom of the radiator or part of it

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:07 AM   #5
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May have been caught under the car from some much earlier repair??

These engine bays are like black holes holding things from ancient history and will give up artifacts as you work within the engine bay removing shields, parts and repositioning things.

You will find long lost hardware, tools and small animals!
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:10 AM   #6
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May have been caught under the car from some much earlier repair??

These engine bays are like black holes holding things from ancient history and will give up artifacts as you work within the engine bay removing shields, parts and repositioning things.

You will find long lost hardware, tools and small animals!
I lost a 3 inch screw driver in my 325....... That was 2-3 years ago.
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May have been caught under the car from some much earlier repair??

These engine bays are like black holes holding things from ancient history and will give up artifacts as you work within the engine bay removing shields, parts and repositioning things.

You will find long lost hardware, tools and small animals!
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thanks guys. never did have a radiator repair though. guessing this might break during a coolant flush???

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Maybe if over tightened

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:11 AM   #10
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I lost a 3 inch screw driver in my 325....... That was 2-3 years ago.
So true. I've found some tools in my splash pan. I think member 'DMAX' also reported he found a 3-inch screwdriver... however he didn't find it in his car...
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