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Old 09-01-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Dropped a 3/16 hex head under the hood- am I fine?

Hey guys, installing angel eyes in my car, and accidentally dropped a 1/4" drive 3/16 hex head in the area located in the picture? See the attached picture, I was closing up the ECU and dropped it on the last bolt. Basically in the area between the ECU and brake fluid that is sectioned off from the engine.

Do I need to worry about it at all? I dont think I can get to it (I cant see it where it is)

I am just looking for some peace of mind about it.

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Old 09-01-2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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no worries. just like another pebble
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:08 PM   #3
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thanks! haha
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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I did the exact same thing installing my angel eyes. I didn't feel like taking things apart to get it so I left it in there. I also dropped a wire tap in there too. This was a couple months ago. I'll take the time to get them sooner or later. You should be fine
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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Ok cool, thanks for the responses, glad Im the only one in this boat
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #6
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Clean them out when you get under the car and take off the dust shield all at once
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #7
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Haha +1 on doing the same thing on the same install
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:13 PM   #8
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Well, nothing is moving down there, so you are fine...but try a magnet on a stick anyway. Maybe wrap the side of it so you don't get hung up sticking to metal all around...try electric tape or something.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:06 PM   #9
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Did that.. I rarely use a magnet that is attached to the end of a 18 inch expansion stick. Works great in removing fallen parts from impossible to get to area under the hood.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:11 PM   #10
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Turn your car upside down and shake it it will fall right out.
Really its all O.k no worries.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:35 PM   #11
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haha couldnt find it with a magnet but that's ok, im not worried about it anymore. I have a wheel bearing problem thats more pressing
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:09 PM   #12
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I'm confused... What were you doing with a 3/6" socket on a pure-blooded German car which has everything in metric sizes..?

Edit: Ah I see; must be the after-market angel eyes..
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