dropped flashlight down in the engine, cannot get it out.

Asked by Apr 02, 2017 at 10:59 PM about the 2000 Ford E-150 STD Econoline

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Searches related to While changing out camshaft synchronizer on my 2001
Ford e150 4.2L, I dropped a small flashlight into the hole, and cannot get it out.
Could I remove engine parts from the front of the engine to get the flashlight
out of the hole?

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111,735

You can and good luck !

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23,705

is it a metal flashlight? have you tried a magnet?

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Thanks guys, It is metal, and I have tried a magnet and a spring hook for pulling dropped things out. I can touch it with my finger, but it seems to be wedged. Again, could I take parts off the front of the engine and be able to get to it, or disassemble from the top down? or keep trying to get at it through the hole? I am thinking the last option would be best. Thanks, Bob

23,705

try everything before you start taking things apart- like a Chinese puzzle- if it is aluminum, i guess the magnet won't work- but if you come up with an answer to this diabolical problem- you will feel SO good-

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111,735

Try this tool, always worked for me. Copy and paste below .

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111,735

http://shconline-com.3dcartstores.com/24-Claw-Retriever-Pickup- Tool_p_6364083.html

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Yes, that is a very good retriever. I have one like it that is 50 years old and still works good. The flashlight is in such a position that I can't get it with that tool. In looking over that page I saw the word "tape" and thought I would try to see if I can clean off the oil with CRC Brake Kleen and try to tape it and pull it out that way. Just another idea...

111,735

Good idea, it may work...

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OK... Got it out~! didn't get around to the tape idea. Got it with a #2 fish hook on a wire leader and a long skinny flat tip screwdriver. Thanks for your help, Bob

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