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New to diesels and new to this forum. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

2003 F-350 6.0L

Here is the situation...
I was replacing injector o-rings and all was going smooth until...
I was on injector #3 when my cheap chinese #30 torx bit broke (came separated from the socket) and fell straight into the passage to the lower left of the injector.

I am guessing that is an oil return and really hoping that the bit made it all the way to the oil pan. I did hear the bit make good contact with metal a few times in it's descent.

Q. Should the bit have made it all the way to the oil pan, or is it likely somewhere prior?

If it is likely it is in the oil pan I will go ahead and remove the pan. If it is not likely I guess I will be pulling the motor.

I will be finishing the injector o-rings first thing in the morning when I get off work and then will be on to this problem.

If I could get any suggestions or reccomendations prior to then I would geatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Just crank it and hope for the best.LOL I would for sure pull the pan and have a look see in there. Good luck.
 

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New to diesels and new to this forum. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

2003 F-350 6.0L

Here is the situation...
I was replacing injector o-rings and all was going smooth until...
I was on injector #3 when my cheap chinese #30 torx bit broke (came separated from the socket) and fell straight into the passage to the lower left of the injector.

I am guessing that is an oil return and really hoping that the bit made it all the way to the oil pan. I did hear the bit make good contact with metal a few times in it's descent.

Q. Should the bit have made it all the way to the oil pan, or is it likely somewhere prior?

If it is likely it is in the oil pan I will go ahead and remove the pan. If it is not likely I guess I will be pulling the motor.

I will be finishing the injector o-rings first thing in the morning when I get off work and then will be on to this problem.

If I could get any suggestions or reccomendations prior to then I would geatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!
i wouldnt be to worried about it. ive had spool valve bolts break on bolth of my trucks,and the little nut,and bolt stem were never found. could have come out some point,while draining the oil. never caused any issues. the screen on the oil pickup is tight enough,that the bit cant be sucked up in the pickup tube.
 

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Since you can't just drop the pan on a 6.0 I would atleast drain the oil and see if i could fish the tool out with a magnet
 

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Its definately something to drain the oil out and fish around with a magnest first. But if it fell on the windage tray, good luck... The pan will come out just enough to fish around even better....
 

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Same thing happened to us the other week and we believe it feel into the pan . No problems as of yet ans its been going 350 miles. If it fell into the pan the screens etc wont let it be picked up so its no biggy
 

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I hate that feeling of" what if" that sticks with you after something like this and you don't find it

specially with that torx bit being hardened
 

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thanks for the replies so far... I have been unable to find a diagram that show me where that drain runs. I will hope for now that it fell all the way to the oil pan while I do my ccv mod and egr delete. Will change my oil when I am done topside and update..

Thanks
 

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Since you can't just drop the pan on a 6.0 I would atleast drain the oil and see if i could fish the tool out with a magnet
Its definately something to drain the oil out and fish around with a magnest first. But if it fell on the windage tray, good luck... The pan will come out just enough to fish around even better....
unless the truck is a stick? jack the engine up and the pan comes right out.
 

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thanks for the replies so far... I have been unable to find a diagram that show me where that drain runs. I will hope for now that it fell all the way to the oil pan while I do my ccv mod and egr delete. Will change my oil when I am done topside and update..

Thanks
that drain goes to the pan!! dont worry about it. as i stated this morning,i have 2 truck that have spool valve bolt in them somewhere. plus the countless customer trucks that come in,with broken spool valve bolts. no issues ever. dont get me wrong,i look for the broken pieces,but have never pulled a pan to look.
 

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:doh:I guess I've seen too much carnage in engines. I could never just let it be.:pointlaugh: Glad it's not mine.
alot of engine carnage comes from user stupidity. not just on the 6.0. any engine. its personaly what you can live with,but its a non issue for the op...
 
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