Wrench left in engine


#1

A few days ago there was an odor in my one–year-old Camry. I checked under the hood and found a wrench near the battery. My last maintenance was a month ago. The Toyota dealer seemed nonchalant. Could something be punctured? What questions should I ask when I take the car back to the dealer?


#2

What kind of odor was it? Gas, burnt oil/trans/ps/brake fluid, electrical, exhaust, coolant steam? If the wrench was just sitting tucked in a corner somewhere and was clean, I’d doubt it has done any damage.


#3

Thanks for responding. I don’t know enough to sort out the odor. I don’t think it was gas or oil, but I don’t know what the other fluids smell like. I haven’t smelled it since. The wrench looks clean, and I found it to the side of the battery, so I’m hopeful.


#4

I doubt the wrench had anything to do with the odor. I once found a flashlight under the hood after having service performed.


#5

Thanks. In the future, I’ll have to remember to look under the hood after having the car serviced.


#6

Examine the wrench for burn marks indicating it might have came in contact with the positive battery post…This is a long shot as todays battery posts are well protected from this sort of thing. If you can no longer smell anything, the dealership people will be of little help.


#7

Thanks


#8

Maybe you could describe the smell? And what kind of service was performed?

I am thinking the wrench is a red harring. Depending on what was done to your car, the smell could be an expected result of adding a new component or liquid to your system. It could even be that a bit of a liquid was dropped on a spot that heats up.


#9

Some of the best tools that I have were left under the hood of various cars that I have owned over the past 40 years or so. None of these errant tools have done any damage, and in some cases, I didn’t discover them until days or weeks after the service/repair.

So, yes it is possible for a left-over tool to do some damage, but unless you are the exception to what I have experienced, you probably have not suffered any damage.


#10

Take the wrench back-the guy is looking for it. One of my best screwdrivers I found wedged against the exhaust and the engine where I must have dropped it. The exhaust melted the handle enough to really provide a great grip. Much better grip than any of my other screwdrivers.


#11

Thanks I will take it back. Although I’m a lot more concerned about my $20,000 car than his wrench.