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Hi guys, I have a 2010 mustang and as I was trying to add a bottle of fuel injector cleaner. I was trying to get through to the gas tank(no cap) and get it open with a pen so the fluid could actually go inside the gas tank and not end up on the floor. Somehow the penn snapped and fell into the gas tank along with a spring from the pen. The pen is about an inch and a few in length and 1/4 inch in width. What should be next step with this dillemma?
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to drop your gas tank and get that pen out.
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Good chance it didn't make it all the way to the tank with that snaking mess Ford calls a fill tube on the s197s. Removing the fill tube may be more productive than getting in the tank at this point, assuming you didnít proceed to fill the tank after losing the pen in it. If itís not in the fill tube access to the tank is gained through a panel under the rear seat. Pull the pump (driverís side) and see if you can see it.
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Disconnect the filler tube and see if you can't shake it out. There is about a 180* bend int the tube as it passes under the frame. No need to drop the tank.
 
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Back when I was running 87 Octane and had a full tank of it and wanted to run my 93 Octane Tune I wanted to (Sipon) the gas out and use it in my wifes car. I asked AM if I could do this and they said No, you cant get the gas out this was. So Im assuming that the pen did'nt make it that far down the filler neck.
Since the spring is Metal and so it that little tip on the Pen mabey you can get a Mechanics Maganet and fish them back out??
If not try what was mentioned above. But I'd ask someone who know's how the filler neck is attached and if there's any way anything could get into the tank first.
A little TIP. When I add "Stabil" in the fall when I store my stang I have a piece of Rubber Garden Hose about 8" long, I attach it to the Stabil bottle neck with a Hose Clamp, it works slicker dan Poop, also works great on adding Fule Injector Cleaner
Good Luck and let us know the outcome.
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Yeah that sonds like a good idea with the magnet fordlover but one of the piece was plastic with no metal on it. And the fuel injector cleaner mad its way down with what fell in the gas tank so it probably pushed it even further. Its dark out now, so I am going to try takin a look at the filler tube and possibly disconnecting that first and seeing if anythings in there, if not then i am going to the gas tank as well. I will let you guys know the outcome. Thanks for the help so far.
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Alright so I decided to look under the car and I came to a conclusion that the pen is too big to pass the fuel lines past the tank. And the spring will get caught in the fuel filter. The gas should eventually break down the plastic pen. So instead I decided to change my fuel filter and change it more often in the future. I came to that conclusion with an expert on mustangs too so I don't think I went wrong. It's also more time consuming thn all the work to drop the tank and the lines. Thanks again for all your help guys
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Alright so I decided to look under the car and I came to a conclusion that the pen is too big to pass the fuel lines past the tank. And the spring will get caught in the fuel filter. The gas should eventually break down the plastic pen. So instead I decided to change my fuel filter and change it more often in the future. I came to that conclusion with an expert on mustangs too so I don't think I went wrong. It's also more time consuming thn all the work to drop the tank and the lines. Thanks again for all your help guys
that spring would never make it to the fuel filter as it has to get past the fuel pump in the tank. if i was you, i would at the very least remove the back seat and remove the fuel pump. if it didnt make it into the tank, i would remove the fill tube as said above. tough lesson to learn
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my first thought was to just leave it in there, it probably won't hurt anything lying there in the bottom of the tank . . .

but I wonder what would happen to the fuel pump if it ingested either piece?
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but I wonder what would happen to the fuel pump if it ingested either piece?
Or fragments as the plastic piece slowly disintegrates over time from the gas leaching the plasticizing agents out of it. The spring could be nasty in the pump, if it could get by the pick-up screen. Not sure how those are designed in the s197s.
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Well I say if the screen has small enough openings then the spring won't make it through especially at the low pressure of the fuel pump. Now the plastic could be a problem if the pieces get small enough to go through the screen but depending on how small openings are in the screen and the durability of the pump then I can run into problems with my fuel pump but the fuel filter will eventually catch what escaped through.
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