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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-31-2000, 03:01 AM
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:: EMERGENCY :: please help.

I was adjusting my valve settings and someone around me threw a small metal screwdriver bit at me and it has since gone into the engine.

If you look at the engine from the from of the car, with the valve cover off. Located at the rear right hand side(firewall end of engine) there is a small hole in which it appears that the oil flows through. The piece of metal bounced off me and down this hole. How do I get it out?

Is it as simple as removing the head or will it just fall into the oil resevoir?
This is an emergency as I plan on going wheeling on the weekend (24hrs time) and I only have a tonight to repair it. All help would be appreciated?

If the head does need to come off, is it an absolute must that the headgasket be replaced at the same time? Nearly forgot, it's an '85 SWB suzuki sierra with a 1.3ltr(g13a) engine....not the toyota listed below, that's my other car

thanks in advance.



ps: the person who threw the piece of metal at me is currently lying on their back with a nice big steak on their eye. *laugh*

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[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] Chances are, it went into the oil pan. Usually, those oil drain holes go right to the bargain basement. What you can do is "sound" the hole with a wire to see if in fact that it does go all the way down. You can even attach the core out of a refridgerator-magetic potholder onto the wire and carefully slide it down just in case the bit may have lodged somewhere. Or you can shove the magnet into a piece of vacuum tubing and fish with that. If you determine that it is in the pan, you can also "sweep" the pan through the oil drain hole, with a wire, or a wire hat has a magnet on the end. If that fails, you'll have to drop the pan. If you don't have a pan gasket, you'll have to use silicone.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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thanks CJDAVE....will try that tonight and let you know how I get on.

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this may sound dumb, but DO NOT start it until you find and remove the piece for sure.

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Re: :: EMERGENCY :: please help.

If you do remove the head you MUST replace the head gasket. I would suggest shoving the person who threw the bit at you down the hole after it! Those things are usually magnetised somewhat. Check the firewall and see if it just bounced off the head and stuck to something else. Just a thought. Good luck!

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Hey everyone,

That little piece of metal ended up being lodged in the down pipe leading to the sump. I ended up having to use a coat hanger to push it down into the sump and then remove it.

So, with everything back together we whent wheeling for the weekend. This weekend I'll be installing the new suspension that I made the other guy get me(for he was the one who caused the problem). SPOA with custom z-bar eliminator steering and a rear disc brake conversion.



Skip.

ps: thanks to all who posted info on what to do. It helped out heaps. Oh yeah I forgot to say before, if you have a 1.3ltr engine I strongly recommend the isky torquer cam. That got installed at 3am saturday morning before we left for the hills.

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