Honda C35 engine. Crow foot wrench broke and piece fell deep into hole !
Cronicle of the tragedy:
Started out replacing valve cover rubber seal that was very slowly leaking oil onto exhaust…
…In the process I noticed I had to replace the post shown by the yellow arrow because the nut threads had stipped and the cover bolt would not torque properly…
Used a crow foot wrench (see photo insert) to remove the post. Crow foot wrench broke and piece fell in the hole shown by the orange arrow. …. Yes, I know…
That hole is pretty deep, about 10″.
Should I start looking for a replacement car? Or is there a way to remedy this?
The car has 250k miles but was still running well.
So some of my questions are:
Q1. Where does that hole lead to? The crankshaft?
I put a small dowel in the hole to measure its depth and it went down 10″ before finding an obstacle. Is it the crankshaft its hitting?
Q2. Is there a way to get the wrench fragment out?
I could get a borescope camera to help out.
The wrench fragment is magnetic while most of the engine is not. That is an advantage as I could perhaps use a magnet attached to the camera.
If the wrench fragment ended up in the crankshaft I could conceivably retrieve it by removing the oil pan (somewhat complicated because I have to remove wheel axle but will do it if it’s the only option)
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