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I have a '03 Chevy Monte Carlo SS 3.8L. The other day, it sprung a big coolant leak and after letting it cool, I found that the upper plastic elbow from the tentioner assembly to the lower intake manifold had busted. No biggie, easy fix....well, that was until peeling off the silicone whoever messed with it last coated on it, on the manifold side, and that plastic chunk and O-ring fell into the lower manifold. My fingers are slender enough to go all the way in, but I can't feel it. After fishing around with a set of mechanical fingers, I still haven't managed to capture the piece. From pictures of the manifold that I've found online, it looks as if from that hole to the thermostat, it is almost a straight isolated pathway. My idea is to pullout the thermostat and see if I can hopefully push the piece over to the thermostat hole and pull it out that way. My uncertainty is that none of the pictures of the manifold I've seen show if there are any ports along that pathway that the plastic chunk could fall farther down into. I was hoping that the local parts place would have had a manifold in stock when I bought a new thermostat so I could see first hand what I was trying to do, but no luck, none in stock. My question...are there ports that this piece (about 1" dia. by about a little more than 1/2" long) could fall into? Pulling the upper & lower manifolds out to shake this piece out is a little out of my comfort zone and I'm really hoping to avoid that (mainly it's the removing the fuel line assembly and injectors/sensors that I'm uneasy about).
I thank you in advance for any guidance you could give me.

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GOOD MORN ADAM, WELL THIS IS IN NOT A UNUSUAL QUESTION. BEEN THERE BEFORE..TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION ABOUT REMOVING THE T-STAT AND GETTING IT FROM THIS SIDE IT IS POSSIBLE,IF YOU ARE LUCKY..NO HOLES ALONG THE CENTER BOTTOM AREA...HOWEVER IF THIS WERE MINE OR ONE OF MY CUSTOMERS CAR IF I COULD NOT GET AT THIS EASY I WOULD LEAVE IT WHERE IT IS...I KNOW THAT DOES NOT SOUND GOOD, BUT THIS WILL MORE THEN LIKELY FIND THE LOWER SECTION OF THE ENG BLOCK IN TIME AND JUST STAY THERE FOR THE REST OF THE ENGINES LIFE. WHY OPEN UP UP A CAN OF SNAKES IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO ??? THIS WILL NOT CAUSE A BLOCKAGE, OR OVERRHEATING PROBLEM OF ANY SORT IF THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE WORRIED ANOUT. IF THIS WAS A LARGER PIECE I MAYBE MORE CONCERNED..I HAVE TAKEN ENGINES APART AND HAVE SEEN PLUGS FROM RADIATORS NECKS INSIDE FROM NEW RADIATORS,PIECES OF WATERPUMP FINS AND EVEN OLD RAGS PIECES..SO IT IS UP TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO GO FISHING FOR THIS LITTLE PIECE OF ROUND PLASTIC..BUT ME I WOULD NOT...GOOD LUCK ON WHAT EVER YOU DECIDE HAVE A NICE DAY....TOM....

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. IF THIS CHEVY SECTION IS MAXED OUT.YOU CAN REACH ME IN THE OLDS/BUICK SECTION. Will answer questions from 6:00am to 10:00pm all days [EST][[[ NO DIESEL OR PAINT QUESTIONS]]] will answer all 1965 to present QUESTIONS ON ALL GM'S on mechanics of these cars. Keep in mind i am not there in person i am going on what you are telling me !! PLEASE IF ASKING A QUESTION GIVE ME AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE THE BETTER. SUCH AS YEAR,MAKE,MODEL,ENGINE SIZE. THIS WILL HELP ME HELP YOU. I will not be able to answer all questions because of some situations that i would really need to be there and see things for myself,such as electrical issues. In many cases i would need wiring diagrams. I can also give you an estimate on what the cost would be at our repair shop as an idea to help you. Keep in mind that my answer is ONLY MY ADVICE,ck with your mechanic as well.. >> THANK YOU, TOM..

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I have been a ASE certified master mechanic for over 30 years and certified IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES,[engine repair,engine performance,auto trans,manual trans,clutches,steering and suspension,brakes,electrical systems,heating and air/cond. I am also a state CERTIFIED inspector for over 30 years. I do computer work [pcm]fault codes,pcm flashing,state inspection monitor readiness,repairs on exhaust,fuel service,[injection and carburetor,] charging system problems, running issues,alignments,frame problems,tire balance,struts and of course standard and anti-lock brakes.

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