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      12-05-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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Dropped socket down into belly pan.

While replacing my TMAP sensor, I managed to drop a socket down into the engine bay and now its rolling around on the metal belly pan. Unfortunately, I dont have a lift to get the car up and get the belly pan off. I tried with a super magnet to get a hold of the socket and move it around, but that didnt work either. Anyone see any harm in this? I will probably be able to get it up on a lift within the next week or so, but just wanted to make sure this wouldnt be a problem to error on the cautious side, even though I am pretty confident the only problem would be the noise of hearing it rolling around after every bump. Maybe it will even fall out when driving down the road, although I dont want to introduce a socket on the roadway for cars to kick up at each other. On a good note, the TMAP sensor replacement was a breeze.
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      12-05-2010, 12:48 PM   #2
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back out of your driveway it will probably fall out. or, get it fall out somewhere else on the road.

OR, get some ramps and take the shield off
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      12-05-2010, 12:54 PM   #3
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This was what I did, as long as you can aim for the socket, I borrowed a dip stick from my other car (yes our Bimmers don't have it anymore), put my gum on the tip, went in and the socket easily got stuck to the gum and pulled it out, it was also a breeze
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      12-05-2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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I did the same kind of thing two weeks ago. I dropped the cap of the angel eye cover down there.

What I did was lift up that part of the car, unscrewed all the points on that side until I could get in there, then I used extra long chopsticks to grab the part. I suppose you have to be good with chopsticks to do it but that's what worked for me. There was one thing to note though. There is a bit of a dip in the plastic belly. You can't really flick the part towards you because it will keep rolling back. You need to lift it out of the dip. Also, driving the car around and and swerving to try to get the part on one side didn't work for me. I was driving like a madman trying to do it but it didn't work.
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      12-05-2010, 01:38 PM   #5
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That's nothing. After installing my charge pipe and putting everything back on, I managed to drop my phone into the engine bay and it disappeared. Had to put the car on ramps and remove the underbody tray just to get it : (
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      12-05-2010, 01:48 PM   #6
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Magnet on a stick

I have a tool that has a magnet on a stick .
You should be able to get them at most places that sell tools.
It is has ex tenable shaft . No magnets for plastic though.
I have seen grippers in a flexible tube.
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      12-05-2010, 02:00 PM   #7
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if it was a phone the magnet is no good. I dropped a tool or two in there and just drove off lol
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      12-05-2010, 04:43 PM   #8
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Try the chewing gum gig my friend, it will be a breeze, it will be easier if you can stick the gum into the socket and lift it, once you get it out, you will have a hard time taking it off the gum
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