Re: Dropped a bolt down the turbo...(98 c70)
"Rob" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I just got a "new" 1998 C70...love the car, will never drive anything
> unless I really broke it and I have to go for the ford aspire I deserve.
> The car has 84,000 miles, so I figured I should change the plugs, cap,
> and wires. I removed the spark plug cover, the one that bolts on with 6
> bolts. Everything went OK, but when it was time to put the cover and
> back, I dropped one of the screws behind the engine. I had removed the
> pipe that goes over/to-the-right of the spark plug cover, and I'm pretty
> sure the bolt went right into the now open/exposed silver orifice in the
> back of the engine (closer to the driver). The arrows in the picture
> indicate the bolt, and where it fell (just imagine it without the pipe on
> I tried to fish it out with a magnet, but no luck. So I started the car.
> Seems to run fine. Drove it home from the folks - no problems. I even
> confident and stepped on it - no problems.
> So...what have I done? Do I NEED to worry about this bolt, or is there
> magical screen that will prevent it from being sucked into the turbo when
> conditions call for it? Is that even the turbo that it fell into? I
> appreciate any input you might have, many thanks.
It's hard to say, it may be wedged in the volute and not be able to contact
the compressor wheel, but then again it might come unwedged and destroy a
$1400 turbocharger in the blink of an eye, depends on the size of the bolt
and the shape of the innards of that particular turbo. Personally I'd remove
the housing and get the bolt out, even best case if it's wedged in there
somewhere it'll block some airflow and reduce economy and/or power.