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Object fell into water jacket

I am in the midst of replacing my intake manifold. (1996 Ford T-bird with 4.6l v8). As part of the job, I am replacing the nipple that connects the water pump to the heater tube. In order to remove the water pump nipple, I had to virtually destroy the part that stuck out into the valley. The remaining part wedged in the engine block was removed by hammering it out through the front. Somehow the hammered out piece (aprox the size and shape of a thimble) found it's way into the cooling passageway in the chamber that sits in between the chamber the water pump blades occupy and the hole that seats the water pump nipple. Will this create a problem? If yes, can you tell me where that passage leads and give some advise for how to locate and remove this object. Thank You

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Hi, well, anything inside a cooling system besides coolant and what is supposed to be in there is not a good idea to leave in. it sounds as if you state that the piece is lodged near the water pump blades. if it became loosened, this would be catastrophic to the water pump and could cause it to sieze. I would have to say you should try and pul the water pump to start with. But if the piece is made of ferrous material(steel, iron) and you can see it, why not try a small magnet. Any hardware store should carry one you might need. Try to get it out, it would be a better idea than just letting it go. Hope i could help.

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Yes it may hurt the impeller (blades) on waterpump or plug a coolant passage. Try a magnetic retrieval tool through whole you saw it fall through. Or above it through passageway in intake manifold or you have to pull off that plate between waterpump & engine.

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