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    Itís that time again, cleaned the air filter today. Iím one bolt down already from a previous attempt when it vanished into the black hole somewhere in the engine compartment. Despite taking lots of care I still had one scare when one nearly went AWOL.

    Tempted to do a poll of how many air filter bolts peeps have missing.

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    Dropped one in the engine bay but found it on the next oil change Lucky

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    im sure the bolts on my airbox dont fully come out????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ks246 View Post
    im sure the bolts on my airbox dont fully come out????

    neather do mine, but i havent lost one yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celes View Post
    Dropped one in the engine bay but found it on the next oil change Lucky
    It’s the 1st start of the engine after it went missing that worried me at the time, could have been stuck anywhere – thankfully it was not a problem

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    easier to clean when you dont have a box

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    Quote Originally Posted by glynn View Post
    neather do mine, but i havent lost one yet

    If they donít come out you are lucky guys, donít try too hard to see if they do - you may join the club

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    Mine dont come out either which im glad off as that sounds a pain in the backside Swatty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    Mine dont come out either which im glad off as that sounds a pain in the backside Swatty
    Hi Steven, I'm starting to wonder now - if I am unsrewing them too far.

    When you say they don't come out I take it they physically can't be unscrewed out rather than the top comes off without having to take them fully out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swatty View Post
    It’s that time again, cleaned the air filter today. I’m one bolt down already from a previous attempt when it vanished into the black hole somewhere in the engine compartment. Despite taking lots of care I still had one scare when one nearly went AWOL.

    Tempted to do a poll of how many air filter bolts peeps have missing.

    Get yourself one of those cheap telescopic strong magnet tools about £1 at most cheapo shops or boot sales, its about 18" to 2ft long extended with a powerful magnet at the end. It's saved my bacon a few times when I've dropped a small screw or bolt down into the engine. Just passing it over the area where the screw fell will usualy result in you able to recover it quite easily.

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