Dropped a washer into my crankcase :(

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bluewall, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. bluewall

    bluewall New Member

    I dropped a washer in and cant seem to get it out. If i put it back together like this will it destroy my engine? I really dont want to take apart the entire motor and don't have a bearing puller to even do that.

  2. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Well-Known Member

    I don't know enough about engines to say for certain but I'd go with Yes it will destroy it. You can take the engine off the bike and tip it upside down maybe? Train a mouse or shrew to fetch washers for food rewards, lol. Or perhaps use a magnet taped to some wire?
    Good luck anyway. :)
  3. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    whats wrong with tipping the engine upside down and giving it a few shakes?

    little magnet on a stick, sure, it will want to grap the shaft instead but hey, ive gotten worse things out of worse places.

    one of those little "parts grabbers" that you find at auto shops...

    just leave it and wonder why your engine has a sudden failure in the next few minutes...of course you cant leave it in there! :p

    bearing puller? as long as you get the magneto off, and either the clutch or the sprocket off, the cases split easy.
  4. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    cut a small strip off a refrigerator magnet & tape it to a piece of coat hanger wire to feel around for it
  5. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    Try put grease on your crank wheels and turn them the grease should pick up whatever down there .
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  6. libranskeptic

    libranskeptic Member

    Is the washer steel and is it a 2 stroke? Kinda relevant.

    Assuming yes, fiddly but doable methinks.

    Hang it by ropes etc. so can move it any which way, Some form of stethoscope to track it down from rattles and electromagnet may help. The grease idea is good too.

    The exhaust port sounds the simplest access
  7. bluewall

    bluewall New Member

    Already tried magnet and shaking it upside down before posting this. Both did not work so I guess I'll try the grease. I don't need to go through the exhaust port because I have the jug off. But is that really true that you don't need to take off the bearings to split the motor apart?
  8. bluewall

    bluewall New Member

    Also yes it's a two stroke and I'm not sure if the washer is conductive, I'll check the other one. Thanks guys
  9. zippinaround

    zippinaround Active Member

    Try taking off the magnet and turning it upside down the magnet makes the crankshaft magnetic so might be stuck to the shaft
  10. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    This reminds me of that time I dropped a washer in my crankcase but I actually dropped it on the floor.

    They sell mini periscopes on ebay that hook right up to your phone, and even come with fancy add ons. I bought one very recently, haven't used it yet for problem fixing, but I tested it out and I can see the hook attachment being of valued use
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  11. Steve Best

    Steve Best Well-Known Member

    If you've got any doubt at all that something is in there, TAKE IT APART.
    Been there several times. It really sucks when I guessed wrong.
    Destroyed parts AND you STILL have to take it apart...
  12. use a magnet