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Dropped bolt down dash vent

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jacobigindi, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Aug 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    jacobigindi

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    Hey guys. So i was adjusting my phone mount on my dash and the small bolt that holds it to the dash slid down the dash and into the a/c vent. I called the dealer and they said the worst case scenario was that the bolt could short something. They wanted to charge me $160 an hour to remove the bolt. Since i dont have $160 burning a whole in my pocket, i was wondering if anyone knows how to open the dash ac vent to get the bolt?
    Thanks
     
  2. Aug 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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    xwillx93

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    Good luck...i dropped the 2 bottom bolts from the dash into the deep dark hole and havent found them.. I havent had any problems just using the 2 top ones. Sub'd in case you find out tho! good luck
     
  3. Aug 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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    trtripoli

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    ac vent against the windshield?

    I've had the unfortunate opportunity to have to take apart my entire dash. if you can find a way to tape a magnet to a hanger, you can probably pull it out, but the also depends on which vent. Otherwise to take apart the dash and find the bolt would be extremely time consuming. Took me 6 hours to remove dash and put it back together. However if I were to do it again, it'd probably take me half the time.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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    jacobigindi

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    I was thinking of running a magnet from about where the fan is to the vent from the outside of the pipe in the engine bay. Would that work any better?
     
  5. Aug 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    i wouldnt worry about it..
     
  6. Aug 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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    I've never looked at the vents from the back, but I imagine the the bolt likely got stuck somewhere closer to the vent in the cab. If one method doesn't work, then try the other and I bet you'll get it. Be sure to use a fairly strong magnet to better your chances.
     
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