Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Washer possibly fell down Distributor hole

asked by on

I was doing my intake manifold gasket and when putting the distributor back Im pretty sure a lock washer about the size of a dime fell down the hole where the oil pump is. How bad is it to leave it? I couldn't find it with a magnet. Or is there a way to remove from under the truck?

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: If you look down the distributor hole you m...

If you look down the distributor hole you most likely are looking all the way into the oil pan except where the oil pump and cam gear are. I would say you will have to drain the oil out of the oil pan anyway so you might want to use a large magnet on the out side of the oil pan and slide it from the other parts of the pan toward the drain plug to see if you can get the washer out through the drain hole. If you cannot find it then you should not have too much to worry about since the oil pump has a screen and will suck it into it and it will not cause any damage at all.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Fuel gauge is not working.

Hi there. The fuel gauge is not working and needs replaced. First check the wiring to the gauge cluster and see if there is any loose wires or damaged wiring. If all of the wires are good, then you will...

Q: No oil pumpin on one head

A few different things can cause oil to not pump to one head. The most likely cause would be a clogged oil passage, damaged oil line, or a seal that has failed. During the repair process, parts of old seals...

Q: Battery not charging

Hi There, This may be in fact a sign of a failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while the engine turns...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...