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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    It sure would help if you could update your profile to show what car, year, model we're talking about. There are at least FOUR variations of the Northstar engine in service right now.

    The "My Profile" tab ^^^, open it, "About Me", next to "Cadillacs I drive" click the little pencil and you have 25 spaces or so to enter car info.

    Look at my login and others for an idea of what it should look like. Your approximate location helps, too.

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

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    That!
    AND
    You need to make a decision, you want this car or not? And how is the condition of the rest of the car, and how many miles on the car?
    If you want this car, and if the rest of the car is in good condition, you may be lucky enough to be close to one of those N* shops that overhaul these engines for a very reasonable price. Again, you REALLY need to update your profile to show the car, and your location, so that we can give better suggestions. You don't need to sum up the costs of oil pan repair, taking that cap out, and HG job together. A large portion of those jobs overlap with each other. There are shops that shops that should be able to do the entire job for you for less than $3k, and even close to $2500 and even less!

    By the way, are you sure you have bad HG? Or it is just a fear without any evidence?

    But if the rest of the car is not in good condition, and you know that you have bad HG, and you know that you don't want to fix that, and the car owes you nothing, I would say just take the risk and drive the car as is and hope for the best. Even forget about fixing the oil pan gasket. That HG problem is going to haunt you down, it is just the matter of time. So no point in spending money now....

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    2000 Sls 54k miles car is flawless like new

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    ^
    That's a clean car! Don't star the engine until you figure out something or come up with a plan.

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    Update: been driving her for a week no problems..

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    Quote Originally Posted by macdon17 View Post
    Update: been driving her for a week no problems..
    So you never retrieved said item, and have been driving it around?

    sigh*..

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    I would think that it may melt, then what..... abig glob floating around? maybe it will float to the top! the odds are about as good as winning the lottery! good luck

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    It's not going to melt, the engine doesn't get hot enough.

    Not sure what the point if the thread was if he was just going to drive it anyway.

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    Since you just decided to run it, make sure you change oil and filter soon to get rid of possible debris. Who knows if it's touching timing components and being shredded into millions of nano pieces?

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    It's not going to melt, the engine doesn't get hot enough.

    Not sure what the point if the thread was if he was just going to drive it anyway.
    ^Yeah.
    Definitely won't melt.

    And I can't see that piece of plastic damaging any metal parts.
    Don't think it could derail the timing chains.
    Too big to get past the pick-up if it did go into the pan.

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    my thoughts are similar to maeng's -

    that cap COULD be ground up into tiny pieces -

    that ground up plastic will float -
    and hopefully not interfere with oil pump or oil passages -
    and if you are REALLY LUCKY - will be removed with oil changes -

    OR the cap is still sitting there - wedged somewhere -
    and when it comes loose - ALL HELL COULD BREAK LOOSE -

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
    my thoughts are similar to maeng's -

    that cap COULD be ground up into tiny pieces -
    That cap is more flexible than brittle. I see it just getting crushed, if anything.
    I guess time will tell.

    I still can't figure out why he used the cap with the tiny hole to pour that molasses.

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aztec ETC ECS View Post
    That cap is more flexible than brittle. I see it just getting crushed, if anything.
    I guess time will tell.

    I still can't figure out why he used the cap with the tiny hole to pour that molasses.

    To be in one's 20's and ignorant..

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aztec ETC ECS View Post
    That cap is more flexible than brittle. I see it just getting crushed, if anything.
    I guess time will tell.

    I still can't figure out why he used the cap with the tiny hole to pour that molasses.
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    That cap is more flexible than brittle
    ya - maybe shredded would have been a better word than ground -

    I agree with you that it couldn't damage the chain or gears -
    or derail the chain -

    I picture it in the timing chain area - wedged in and being chewed up -
    into smaller and smaller pieces - 'til it gets small enough to be flushed out -
    but - then where does it go -

    I sure am glad it's NOT in MY motor -
    I just couldn't leave it in there - and HOPE -
    every time I ran it - nothing happened -

    but - as you said - time will tell -

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    Re: Lost small cap in oil fill!

    My money is on it staying right where it landed.

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