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Dropped Socket in Bell Housing!! Can I Drive?

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    Dropped Socket in Bell Housing!! Can I Drive?

    Was unsuccessfully bleeding my clutch hydaulics and dropped a socket in the bell housing. Is it going to jam between the flywheel and the housing? I may need to go in to replace the slave anyway, but I'd like to drive it to a shop. Tow it, or drive it?

    Jim 98 Z28 BGM

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    I know I wouldn't take the chance. Id tow it.

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    Have you tried removing the inspection cover? Maybe with a magnet and a little luck you can get it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1_TA_2002 View Post
    Have you tried removing the inspection cover? Maybe with a magnet and a little luck you can get it out.
    i second that, try this it might help and you cant beat the price if it works

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    freind did the same on a new motor and blew it 2 days later soo yea dont drive

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    When in doubt, tow it out... That sounds like a reaaaally bad day in the making, i would not drive it..

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    Ah didn't know about an inspection cover. Looked in the manual and didn't see it. Is it obvious where it is?

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    yeagh crawl under the car it should be directly in the center on the bottom of the bell housing

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    its a smooth little cover maybe and inch or 2 across, use a pocket screwdriver to pop it out

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    Guys I looked and looked. Only possibility I saw for the Flywheel Housing Cover was a plastic cover around the starter. I took off the only small bolt but it didn't come off although it was loose. I pried it up and looked under and I didn't see into the bell housing so I don't think this is it. At the bottom of the housing there is no cover.

    The manual talks about an inspection cover but never shows where it is.

    Anybody actually take this thing off?

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    Pull the starter completely off and that panel will come out. The inspection "cover" is a shiny aluminum circle at the bottom of the bellhousing. It's about 2" across. There's also another plastic panel on the other side. I would first just try the inspection cover since it's so easy to get off. Just pry it off and get a telescoping pen magnet and run it back into the bellhousing and maybe you'll get ahold of the socket. Might not hurt to do it on a Sunday directly after praying extra hard in church.

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    Or just take the bellhousing off and let the socket fall out

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