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HELP Dropped bolt in motor!

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I was in the process of putting my engine back together after a fixing up a blown head gasket, as i was putting the camshaft on the head i dropped a bolt inside the oil galley. I was wondering how i should go about this problem? Ive already spent at least an hour sitting there with a magnet trying to fish it out, Ive tried vaccuming it out, and removing the oil pan just sounds like alot of work. Im curious to know how urgent it is that i get it out? Its pretty frustrating, suggestins??:32:

btw its a stock 5m-ge, thanks.
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what size bolt? the drain plug is big enough to pull a 5/16" bolt (i guess). did you already try that?

my 2 cents.
Ive tried fishing around from the plug hole with my magnet, no luck. Soo i stuck an extra strong one on the bottom of the pan. If and when it falls down anywhere near it itll just stick down there..hopefully. I just bought my haynes manual soo hopefully that should help me out down the line, if my engine gets taken out by that little bolt before i get to an engine hoist..
lol you will need more then that haynes manual ;) good luck man hope that little bolt dont trash your motor. but if it does i got a spare 5m block ;)
Wellll I got good news! Ive been sponsored for an engine hoist haha soo ill be removing that bolt hopefully sometime soon. I was wondering what else i could do while my motor was out? Ive decided to take my time with this, and in the long run ill be much more satisfied :thumbsup:
2jz??? you know you wanna...:iocrunks2:
Clean the engine, and replace all of the rubber hoses that you can. Vacuum and cooling system hoses can be a pain to replace when they're in tricky places.

Also, degrease the engine bay and try to pretty things up a little bit.
Just be careful of the wiring harnesses and connectors. They're very old and brittle by now (ESPECIALLY injectors clips).

Good luck!
Change the fuel filter while the engine is out. It takes about 5 minutes with the engine out, it takes a lot more when it is in the car.
That all sounds do able. I wanted to replace some of those wires, is there somewhere to order them? Or is that doing too much..
HowieD, I think you should be OK with that bolt you dropped. I was re-doing my head last weekend and when I was putting the cam tower back on I dropped a bolt into the same hole (I think) that you did. The engine I was working on has no oil in the pan and it sounded like a pachinko machine and then it hit the pan with a loud thump. I think that this probably happened to your bolt also, if it did you should be OK since it will most likely stay in the bottom of the oil pan and with the small clearence between the sump and the pan it should pose no problem. I don't recommend that you leave bolts in the engine as a practice but if you don't want to get into the motor at this point, I don't think it will hurt it, but then again it is your engine and not mine. I Just wanted to relate my recent experience as it related to this thread. BTW I dropped the pan and got the bolt out because I needed the bolt to put the cam tower back on.
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