Dropped a washer down the distributor hole – Page 4 – Ford Bronco Forum

I didn’t expect this many replies to this! Sorry for the late replies but I travel for work almost non stop. I just got my percy’s header gaskets in last week when I got a chance to be at home so 2 full days were header installs. Let me recommend this, if you might put new motor mounts on your truck that raise the engine up 1/2-3/4" it’s best to leave the custom exhaust til last. Anyways, I have a friend who works at a magnet shop and he got me some rare earth magnets about 3" x 1/2" x 1/4" and they are so powerful I had to wrap a rag around one so it wouldn’t jump around and stick to anything. Anyways I think that cancelled out a lot of it’s power because I got nothing from dragging it on the outside of the pan.


I am going to try some 1/16" thick plastic sheet and try it again. The washer is slightly bigger than the drain hole but I think if I can get the tin snips on it and notch it I might be able to bend it enough to come out. Dropping the pan is not an option, I use RTV in the corners of the 1 piece felpro permadry gasket and when you drop the pan it will rip the gasket off the front cover. I know this because it happened already. There’s no way I’ll be able to get everything sealed up and cleaned again and there will be a leak. I wasn’t going to flush the pan with water, I was going to flush with oil but that’s a last resort. While I break in the engine I won’t be doing any offroading so I’m hoping if I can’t get it with a magnet I can take if for a a drive and then drain the oil into a clean pan, I think by doing that enough the washer will eventually make it’s way down into the deep part of the sump where the magnetic oil plug can grab it. If I don’t drive this truck soon I’ll go nuts so at this point it is what it is. If it blows up at least I had a good few minutes.

I’m not giving up on the magnet, believe me I will try to get it out. It’s not like I’m just saying "eh, f**k it". But at some point in time, the value added aspect of my labor goes non value added. So think of it this way, I spend another 2 weeks trying to get the washer out, dropping the pan, tearing the gasket, not getting anything clean, ect. Now I got the washer out that in theory could destroy the engine. But I have also used a significant amount of my time and labor that could have been used elsewhere plus parts costs. I fire the engine up and there’s a leak from the oil pan which needs to be fixed because you cant just drive around with oil pouring out of your truck. That’s more labor, more parts. Still haven’t got to drive the thing all because of a theory. What if, (another theory here) I get to drive the truck maybe a month and then put it away for winter, a tree falls on the garage and crushes the truck. Was it worth it to get that washer out? I think you can understand where I’m coming from. I was just trying to get some outside the box answers to get the washer out without dropping the pan. To the people who used the magnet wand, is that able to get all the way down the distributor hole and into the pan? It looked like a lot of obstructions when I looked down there. I did get one tho, just in case.

I’m not giving up on the magnet, believe me I will try to get it out. It’s not like I’m just saying "eh, f**k it". But at some point in time, the value added aspect of my labor goes non value added. So think of it this way, I spend another 2 weeks trying to get the washer out, dropping the pan, tearing the gasket, not getting anything clean, ect. Now I got the washer out that in theory could destroy the engine. But I have also used a significant amount of my time and labor that could have been used elsewhere plus parts costs. I fire the engine up and there’s a leak from the oil pan which needs to be fixed because you cant just drive around with oil pouring out of your truck. That’s more labor, more parts. Still haven’t got to drive the thing all because of a theory. What if, (another theory here) I get to drive the truck maybe a month and then put it away for winter, a tree falls on the garage and crushes the truck. Was it worth it to get that washer out? I think you can understand where I’m coming from. I was just trying to get some outside the box answers to get the washer out without dropping the pan. To the people who used the magnet wand, is that able to get all the way down the distributor hole and into the pan? It looked like a lot of obstructions when I looked down there. I did get one tho, just in case.

Don’t know, never dropped a washer down that hole. I hear you on the labor value: I sometimes try to look at it in terms of how many bolts I have to remove or how many steps I need to take in order to accomplish a task. Whichever way of looking at it is lesser numerically is what I use to motivate myself to get it done. It’s my way of talking myself into something. This would be my process:

I’m not giving up on the magnet, believe me I will try to get it out. It’s not like I’m just saying "eh, f**k it". But at some point in time, the value added aspect of my labor goes non value added. So think of it this way, I spend another 2 weeks trying to get the washer out, dropping the pan, tearing the gasket, not getting anything clean, ect. Now I got the washer out that in theory could destroy the engine. But I have also used a significant amount of my time and labor that could have been used elsewhere plus parts costs. I fire the engine up and there’s a leak from the oil pan which needs to be fixed because you cant just drive around with oil pouring out of your truck. That’s more labor, more parts. Still haven’t got to drive the thing all because of a theory. What if, (another theory here) I get to drive the truck maybe a month and then put it away for winter, a tree falls on the garage and crushes the truck. Was it worth it to get that washer out? I think you can understand where I’m coming from. I was just trying to get some outside the box answers to get the washer out without dropping the pan. To the people who used the magnet wand, is that able to get all the way down the distributor hole and into the pan? It looked like a lot of obstructions when I looked down there. I did get one tho, just in case.

I’m not giving up on the magnet, believe me I will try to get it out. It’s not like I’m just saying "eh, f**k it". But at some point in time, the value added aspect of my labor goes non value added. So think of it this way, I spend another 2 weeks trying to get the washer out, dropping the pan, tearing the gasket, not getting anything clean, ect. Now I got the washer out that in theory could destroy the engine. But I have also used a significant amount of my time and labor that could have been used elsewhere plus parts costs. I fire the engine up and there’s a leak from the oil pan which needs to be fixed because you cant just drive around with oil pouring out of your truck. That’s more labor, more parts. Still haven’t got to drive the thing all because of a theory. What if, (another theory here) I get to drive the truck maybe a month and then put it away for winter, a tree falls on the garage and crushes the truck. Was it worth it to get that washer out? I think you can understand where I’m coming from. I was just trying to get some outside the box answers to get the washer out without dropping the pan. To the people who used the magnet wand, is that able to get all the way down the distributor hole and into the pan? It looked like a lot of obstructions when I looked down there. I did get one tho, just in case.

I’m not giving up on the magnet, believe me I will try to get it out. It’s not like I’m just saying "eh, f**k it". But at some point in time, the value added aspect of my labor goes non value added. So think of it this way, I spend another 2 weeks trying to get the washer out, dropping the pan, tearing the gasket, not getting anything clean, ect. Now I got the washer out that in theory could destroy the engine. But I have also used a significant amount of my time and labor that could have been used elsewhere plus parts costs. I fire the engine up and there’s a leak from the oil pan which needs to be fixed because you cant just drive around with oil pouring out of your truck. That’s more labor, more parts. Still haven’t got to drive the thing all because of a theory. What if, (another theory here) I get to drive the truck maybe a month and then put it away for winter, a tree falls on the garage and crushes the truck. Was it worth it to get that washer out? I think you can understand where I’m coming from. I was just trying to get some outside the box answers to get the washer out without dropping the pan. To the people who used the magnet wand, is that able to get all the way down the distributor hole and into the pan? It looked like a lot of obstructions when I looked down there. I did get one tho, just in case.