07-22-2007, 12:25 AM #1
HELPPP!!!! Dropped Valve Retainer into hole
I read about watching out for the oil holes when doing the valve train upgrade and I did not see them. When putting a retainer back on and trying to line it up with a screwdriver, it disappears. I was not pushing hard on it and it was the valve next to the hole. Yeah I found the hole......after the fact. I'm 99.9% sure it went in there. Man I'm hoping and praying that I can get the retainer out. What do I need to do? Do I need any special tools? Where do those holes lead to? Hopefully I can so this myself because my local dealer sucks and does not have a clue.
Last edited by joeg; 07-22-2007 at 01:16 AM.
07-22-2007, 12:44 AM #2
either a magnet or a shop vac
im sure others will chime in
be sure to clean out vac before so you can find the keeper
07-22-2007, 07:10 AM #3
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I dropped one also and it was sitting about 2" down in the hole. Stuck a magnet down there and pulled it right out. Hopefully you are this lucky, otherwise these holes should lead down tothe oil pan.
07-22-2007, 10:51 AM #4
get the strongest damn magnet u can find (Mac Tools has 1 that lifts anything but a 1/2 impact gun), and put a long-azz skinny nail on it.....and go fishing I am going out to the shop now to see this little hole in question, going to see if it can make it into the crankcase BRB
07-22-2007, 11:22 AM #5
OK, as long as its NOT the cyl. in the rear, u WILL get it out w, small flex magnet BUT, if the rear cyl., it don't look like u will have a good day slot at the rear slopes down and back, big enough for keeper to get by....
07-22-2007, 05:30 PM #6
07-22-2007, 06:03 PM #7
Most auto parts stores sell the telescopic magnets. I use them to fish tools from under the engine all the time.
07-22-2007, 07:47 PM #8
07-22-2007, 09:55 PM #9
FLASHBACK!....It happened to me! Dont worry, there is a small lip right inside that hole where the pin is most likely. If it fell through the same side mine did. Like everyone mentioned, get a magnet, one of those telescoping ones. Make sure the tip is not too big because it might not fit in....Otherwise get a penny nail with the magnet on the head of the nail and put it through the hole....Dont drop the nail in there now!
07-22-2007, 09:56 PM #10
Any auto parts store would be your best bet for the magnet. Its like a pen style one that extends like an antenna thingy...
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