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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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OK guys, here is what I did.
Last nite I installed the harmonic balancer on my
brand new Goodwrench 350. I wanted to find TDC so I have a long scribe that I put in the spark plug hole on #1 so that I could feel the piston come up.
Here's the problem.
The scribe had a tiny soft plastic tip on it to protect the point. I left this on thinking that I wouldn't scratch anything like the cylinder wall or piston top. Well, when I pulled the scribe out, the tiny tip protector did not come out. I tried blowing it out, I tried vacuuming it out. No luck.
So here's my question
Can I start the engine anyway, figuring that this tiny piece will burnup in combustion ro should I pull the head?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 08:06 AM
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heeheehee sorry, hadda giggle. Been there.... done that.

Make a small cone out of paper that's the same size as the sparkplug hole and attach it to the vacuum again. Maybe it'll catch the plastic tip. Or use a length of vacuum line hose that fits in the hole. Fish it around and see if it'll suck it up. Most likely it's rolled down the piston and is laying against the cylinder wall directly under the sparkplug hole.

I know I'll catch flack but personally, I'd run it. It may just get blown out the exhaust. Depending on how hard the plastic is, it might bind up a valve until it gets crushed, if it doesn't melt first.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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HwyStarJoe,

Thanks for the reply. I already tried all of
the ideas you mentioned. The plastic is very soft and it's only about 2 times the size of a head of a pin.
I was thinking like you mentioned. It will probably just burn up and get blown out with the exhaust.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 11:42 AM
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How about coating something like a nylon wire tie with vasoline and do some probing. Rhat
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmm...
Good idea I'll give it a try.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 12:12 PM
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Just leave that spark plug out (the one with the plastic piece) and crank it a few times. That ought to blow it right out the spark plug hole. If it still doesn't come out try firing the engine with the same plug removed - that should definately shoot it right on out of there!

Even if it doesn't come out I don't see how a small piece of soft plastic would hurt anything anyway BUT I sure as heck ain't going to be the one telling you to just fire it up --- that's your decision

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 03, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Eric. [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img]
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