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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:55 pm    Post subject:  Dropped a bolt and washers in the engine compartment... Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I was installing a K&N CAI in my '07 SS and dropped a bolt and 2 washers (hopefully they are still on the bolt at least) into the engine compartment. I was holding them under the tube support that's bolted onto the transmission. I don't know if they fell straight down or bounced or what, but I can't see them anywhere and of course I checked under the car. I felt around for about half an hour and couldn't find them. The bolt and washers aren't critical to get back since it's only for the intake tube support, and I'm sure I can find them at the hardware store anyway. But, 2 questions -

- Any advice on retrieving the bolt and washers?
- If I can't retrieve them, what are the odds I'll hurt something by driving with them in the engine compartment somewhere?

Thanks everyone, any advice would be much appreciated! Also, feel free to chuckle at me for this!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

they probably fell into the engine cradle, I've done that before. They wont hurt anything unless they fall out and puncture a tire or kick up and hit another car.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I had a bolt slip and fall in the channel in front of the radiator. Took me half an hour to get that little bugger out of there.

Like PBSS said, unlikely to cause damage, especially on the right hand side of the car, being that there are no belts to catch or throw a loose peice of metal.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

All right, that makes me feel better. Thanks! Now hopefully the hardware store has a matching bolt!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You should get one of those magnet on an extendable pole things and go fishing.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You should get one of those magnet on an extendable pole things and go fishing.


Problem with that is is that it will everything else that's metal. Sad I tried this with my IAC screws.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Trust me, I know... I dropped a razor blade into my engine compartment. You can sure as hell bet I wasn't moving the car until it came out...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:31 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

slide a section of rubber hose over the magnet so only the tip is exposed. It will keep the magnet from sticking to everything else. You can also wrap the hell out of it with electrical tape.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I'm not afraid of that bolt popping a tire, so I'm giving up on locating it. The engine runs fine without any scary noises.

But... it does make a gasping sound when I shut it off now. I did a little searching and it sounds like other people who've had that sound were told to clean the TB. When I was trying to fit the air intake hose onto the TB, it took some effort and I'm guessing a little piece of the tube (that fiber stuff, namely) got rubbed off and got into the TB. Otherwise, the TB was gorgeous... didn't see a spec of dirt on it. Is it possible it's dirty inside though and I should clean it anyway? Also, is the LS4's TB gasket reusable? I saw that some are and some aren't...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mine has always made the 'gasping' sound when shutting off. It is a single, mechanical sound... but it's hard to describe.

My buddy has a 3800 in his Monte Carlo with the same noise and he says it is the throttle closing up. I've cleaned mine and the sound persists, so I never bothered with it beyond that.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:49 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

All right. I also don't know the car very well (haven't yet owned it a week) so I'm not sure how normal that noise is. I hadn't shut the car off with the door and hood both open before, so I can't even say that it wasn't making that noise before I put the CAI on.

By the way, Magnaflow cat-back and Don Rome's STB's/brackets are going on shortly! STB's came today and Magnaflows should arrive tomorrow! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Did you find the GMPP cat-back for sale somewhere? I already have them (and love them!) but other members have been looking for the kit, since it has gone out of production.

If you bought a brand new (Magnaflow or GMPP) kit from somewhere, please post a link or some info about where you got it!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ALZ9V8 Magnaflow cat-back #16707
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

its almost like the car exhales when you shut it off. Its normal with most CAI's. They just dont have the restrictions or the baffles like the OEM airbox did to quiet the noise.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:29 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I got the same noise on my old CAI, but not on my Wizaired. I'm guessing it's because of the flexible tubing is not causing the noise to echo, where the rigid tubing was.

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