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A guy I work with had his lifters start pecking. He took the valve cover off to adjust them, and one of the set screws had backed off and came out.
The set screw was gone, it had to go down the oil return galley. Now will it just stay in the pan or is he screwed? We took a magnetic and couldn't pull anything out so then we used a engine brush and pushed down,Those returns from the heads just dump back into the pan. Right?
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It should (should I say) just sit in the bottom of the pan and cause no trouble. There is a screen over the oil pump pickup so it should be safe. It's pretty unlikely the screw would jump up out of the pan and into the crankshaft or anything.
Next time he changes oil, tell him to do it when the engine is hot, just back from a drive. This is a sucky job when everything is hot, but the actual recommended way to change oil anyway. Reason being is that oil flows more quickly when it's hot so it's more likely hot oil will carry debris and suspended particles out with it as it drains. After he's drained it out, pour the oil through a screen and odds are he'll recover his setscrew.
 

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Thanks, That's what we thought too. He has changed the oil already and is going to do like you said to see if he can find it.
 
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