I tried to get it out, but it fell further down. Should I be worried? Can I drive the car as if nothing happened? From the look of it, the space seems to be in the middle of the engine area and the wheel, and there seems to be cover on both sides.

The thing that fell inside was a ring-like object, smaller than palm size, and weighing at most 100g. The bottom line is that I am sure it is overall safe if it just rattles in a confined, secure space.

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  • In the case of your question, an image might help of where you dropped it at in the engine bay. Also, "small piece of tool" is rather subjective. How small exactly is a "small piece". And is it actually a tool you dropped, or did a tool break and a piece came off and dropped? May 16 at 23:08
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 An image is attached. I have encircled the crack it fell through as well.
    – apen
    May 16 at 23:24
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    If it is ferrous metal you can probably retrieve it with a telescoping magnet, it's an essential in every mechanic's toolbox just for this reason.
    – GdD
    May 17 at 7:41
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    @blacksmith37 - there is a story I heard of a British guy who bought an Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire, a kind of 'poor man's Rolls-Royce'. He found there was an odd knocking sound from time to time, mainly when turning. He found out why after a collision when a welded bodywork section was opened up to reveal a large nut suspended on a length of fishing line and a note reading 'So you found it'. Also stories of British Leyland era Minis with a handful of self tapping screws put into doors before welding up. Bad industrial relations to blame in both cases I think. May 17 at 11:36
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    @apen Can you do a bigger circle? Preferably red, hand drawn. I really can't see the circle.
    – dotancohen
    May 17 at 12:07

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This area isn't going to pose you an issue. The worst which may happen is if it starts rattling. Other than that, it's all good and shouldn't pose any issues.

  • Ultimately, I took it out by taking off the piece of plastic near the back of the front wheel. Thanks anyway!
    – apen
    May 18 at 13:01
  • @apen - Awesome! Glad you were finally able to retrieve the piece. :o) May 18 at 14:14

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