Originally Posted by larryblack
If you just go and run the engine, hope the screen on your oil pickup is small enough to capture it. If not your oil pump gears will grind it small enough pass on so maybe the parts will lodge in the oil filter. Too bad there will be smaller particles can find their way to your bearings.
Try and tilt you car so the drain plug is at the lowest point, then drain the oil. If you are lucky it will roll out or at least get close to the hole to allow you to see it and remove it. Or you could drop the pan and get the little devil.
I had a rocker break once, the ball on the push rod broke off and ended up in the pan. There had been many miles on the engine so I drained the oil and dropped the pan in the car. It just hung there while I put about a cup of gas in the pan and shook it. I did this a couple of times to just clean the pan. The ball rolled to the drain and I was able to extract it. I used a magnet to insure all the small particles were removed. Then I put the pan back up with a new filter and oil. Ran the engine for about 5 minutes and drained the oil and filter. Put new oil and filter.
What is your time and a few quarts of oil worth compared to a possible total rebuild?
Is that where it went all the way down to the oil pan.
If so Im confident the oil pump screen is small enough to not suck it up
the part was about 1/8 inch wide by about 1/4 inch long
That wont suck through will it