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Old 03-20-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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Help Me Identify Something I Found in My Engine Bay

I usually inspect my car every few thousand miles. Car has only been to the dealer for oil changes and a sync update.

I found this piece of plastic (looks like a connector but air doesn't go through it)


This is the area in which I found it resting


I couldn't see anywhere it would connect. Is this suppose to be a piece of my car, or something that the tech dropped, or ???


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Old 03-20-2014, 08:57 PM   #2
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I usually inspect my car every few thousand miles. Car has only been to the dealer for oil changes and a sync update.
Did they check out this oil leak when you had it in?
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Did they check out this oil leak when you had it in?
That actually seems to be dirt caught by the edge of gasket sealer. I was cleaning the engine bay so it was dripping down.

I'm going to do a full cleaning when the block cools to verify. I don't have any oil loss, I'm at 20k. My coolant is at the min line however.
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Oil leak!
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Oil leak!
It doesn't smell/taste like oil

I'll add dye to the oil to verify.
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Pretty sure it's something from the assembly process. A lot of vehicles have random plastic bits that look like that in various forms that are left around the vehicle. most of the junk left inside the car gets cleaned out for delivery, but there are plenty of nooks/crannies under the hood where things like that are abandoned. Could've been a plug for one of the lines that gets chucked on assembly. You'll find various plastic plugs, rubber bands, sometimes even random screws/bolts laying around.

If anyone has ever done a 1st transmission service on an older ford where they find the goofy looking yellow bobber in the bottom of the pan, it is probably the same type of idea. (the bobber sits in the dipstick tube hole on the trans to keep out contamination while on assembly line, and when the dipstick tube is pushed into the trans, the bobber gets pushed into the trans pan and is left there).
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ya that makes sense. it's not hollow so fluid/air can not pass through so it wouldn't really be a useful connector. or the tech dropped it as some sort of oil filler apparatus.

i just cleaned my engine bay, it doesn't seem like any of that grime contained oil (it was dry like dust), but i'll do the dye + uv inspection to be sure.


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i just cleaned my engine bay, it doesn't seem like any of that grime contained oil (it was dry like dust), but i'll do the dye + uv inspection to be sure.
winter has been brutal hasnt it?
you could do the dye but unless its a rear main, it wont show. i dont recall ever seeing a leak above the transmission in mine. It was on the bottom as i dropped the undertray.
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When you say they did a sync on it, what is that anyway? I was thinking maybe it is like a hose plug for when the shop might hook up a tester or scanner. They may have left it behind or it fell off and they forgot to get it back out? Just a thought.
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