Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:55 pm Post subject: Dropped a bolt and washers in the engine compartment...
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!
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...
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!
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