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      05-06-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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So I dropped a hexagon tool into the engine bay and it's in the undercarriage shield. I don't have a car jack or ramps or anything to lift my car up to take the shield out....will it be safe to drive around in my car until I am able to get it out? What's the dangers like will I be ok to drive on the freeway? Thanks
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      05-06-2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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it will probably fall out. you are good to go.
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      05-06-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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There are holes in the shield that allow stuff to fall out? so if I drive over some speed bumps enough, the tool will come free?
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      05-06-2011, 09:48 PM   #4
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if you can see it get a magnetic tool to fish it out. i dropped a wrench and got it out that way.
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      05-07-2011, 02:17 AM   #5
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if you can see it get a magnetic tool to fish it out. i dropped a wrench and got it out that way.
Can't...it's also pretty small. It's a hexagonal tool so its only like 4-5 inches long and very very thin.
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      05-07-2011, 10:46 AM   #6
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Get a strong magnet and from under the car, drag the tool to an opening or a place where you can see it and grab it.
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      05-07-2011, 01:06 PM   #7
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Yes get a magnet you can get ones on flexible rood so you can get anywhere with it ... They sell them at princessauto ... cheap.
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      05-07-2011, 01:45 PM   #8
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I dunno, I did the same with a c-clip when doing my SSK, tried to find it FOREVER with a magnetic pick-up tool but eventually gave up. I'm sure it fell out at some point. I wouldn't worry dude.
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      05-07-2011, 02:13 PM   #9
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There are only 5-8 screws holding the undercarriage cover in the middle of the car. Unscrew them and shake the cover.
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      05-07-2011, 03:24 PM   #10
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The Autozone guy dropped not 1 but 2 5/8" socket wrenches in my Accords engine bay and I still don't know where the hell they are. No problems though.
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      05-07-2011, 04:18 PM   #11
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If you dont hear it while driving I would just forget about it. Eventually it will fall out if it has not already....atleast that happened to the socket I lost in my altima's engine bay.
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old 2001 toyota highlander, the dealer left a Dewalt cordless drill in the engine compartment on top of the headers. (V6, Horizontal opposed) the drill was almost melted through. The battery was to the metal. The drill still worked though.

Toyota called us up like uhh is their a drill under your hood?
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Murphy's Law says that if you leave it there it will somehow cause a problem.
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Only concern I see is if the tool gets trapped in the wheels while moving. Otherwise, I don't think any other parts that move physically, are exposed.
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old 2001 toyota highlander, the dealer left a Dewalt cordless drill in the engine compartment on top of the headers. (V6, Horizontal opposed) the drill was almost melted through. The battery was to the metal. The drill still worked though.

Toyota called us up like uhh is their a drill under your hood?
this is hilarious. although good on them for calling you. at my bmw dealer, i would expect full denial on all accounts.
me "you left your drill under my hood"
dealer " no ahhhh, we ahh don't use drills"
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I think you should try to find it. Imagine if you were driving the road someone kicked up a socket it cracked your windshield. You'd be pretty upset.

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i dropped a 12mm socket once, car never felt the same again....
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You'll be fine. And to the guy who said its 5-8 screws to take out. If I remember correctly its like 10-12 screws minimum.
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old 2001 toyota highlander, the dealer left a Dewalt cordless drill in the engine compartment on top of the headers. (V6, Horizontal opposed) the drill was almost melted through. The battery was to the metal. The drill still worked though.

Toyota called us up like uhh is their a drill under your hood?
Lmfao. Props to dewalt. Least they designed a decent product.
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