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Hi,
I just changed a rear brake light bulb, done this several times before. However this is the first time I droped a small wrench/spanner down the small gap on the inside of the rear panel. Can't reach or see down there at all, as it is just a very small gap.
Can anyone advise me what can happen and potential damage etc. that could happen.
I was thinking of just leaving it there and not worrying about it, butI have nagging thoughts it could cause issues. I don't know how I could access in there or easily to find it?
Would removing the rear wheel liner, give access to that area?
Know it's a long shot but maybe sombody here knows.

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You could get a magnet and fish around in there. If it went behind the metal panel, removing the trunk liner probably won't help much.

I wouldn't worry about it too much unless A) it was an expensive wrench, or 2) it is wedged against the outer body panel. In that case there is a small possibility that it could dent the panel.

Lots of cars on the road with lost tools somewhere in inaccessible crevices. My van currently has a socket somewhere in the engine comoartment. Also, in a previous life I had a windhield replaced in a Buick. When I later dismantled the dash to replace the radio, I discovered a 1/4 Snap-On flex ratchet wedged between the wiring harnesses. That was a good day! :)
 

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Thanks Ryan, for taking the time to reply. I think I will leave it for now, perhaps when I next have the rear wheel off I will have the lining under there in the wheel well removed and see it it fell in there.
Only worry I have is if it could end up somewhere and cause damage, would be my luck. Nice find on the ratchet :)
 

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You absolutely will not be able to get it by removing the wheel liner, -Ever . Go to an auto parts store and look at magnets on a flexable stalk. Cheap. I Have done the same thing so I know you can get it with the magnet. Sometimes it may take 5 min. of fishing but you will catch your tool. Good Luck.
 

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Thanks CWB. You have saved me the trouble of removing the wheel liner. Will go get a magnet tool soon and go fishing for it. Cheers.
 
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