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Please help me identify this bolt - found in interior of 2012 Mustang GT

Hi all,

I went out autocross racing for the first time today, and had a lot of fun. This may or may not be related to my question below:

When I was putting my driver-side floor mat back in the car, I found a small bolt sitting on the floor, near the clutch pedal (picture attached). I assume it must have fell down from underneath the dashboard area. I spent a fair amount of time laying on my back with a flashlight trying to find where it belongs, but no luck so far. The bolt head has an 8.8 stamped on it - and I think that means it is a hardened bolt, and so this bolt probably served a relatively important purpose?

As far as I can tell, the bolt and threads are in good shape - no sign of it being damaged, bent, or being stripped. Hard to imagine how a bolt like this could just fall out by itself....may have been installed too loosely from the factory?

Also, it appears to have a thread locking compound on it (the red stuff in the pic) - and based on the condition of the compound, I would guess that the bolt was either never actually installed, or just partially screwed in.

The only bolt I could find that is similar is one that attaches a wiring harness to the side of the metal track for the seat.

I've attached a photo I took of the bolt. It's sitting next to my key, just to give you an idea of the size.

So, for anyone that may have taken apart their dashboard, or driver seat (or anyone else) - do you have any idea where this might belong?

Thanks for any input!!
Adam

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Well, looks like that thread locker didn't work...

I can't figure out where it is from either though.


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Reminds me of the bolts used to hold the seat tracks to the floor boards.


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Probably a bolt that wasn't installed, because it dropped into an inaccessible spot under the dash, on the assembly line. Your runs at the slalom course may have caused the bolt to drop to the floor.

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Probably a bolt that wasn't installed, because it dropped into an inaccessible spot under the dash, on the assembly line. Your runs at the slalom course may have caused the bolt to drop to the floor.
+1. Looks like the thread locker has not been touched, so I would agree, dropped bolt, couldn't find it, grabbed another at the factory. Left you with a present to find, and wonder where it goes.

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+1. Looks like the thread locker has not been touched, so I would agree, dropped bolt, couldn't find it, grabbed another at the factory. Left you with a present to find, and wonder where it goes.
I bet you guys are right - thank you for the replies!
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Looks like the bolt that holds the original hood support. Does your car have aftermarket hood struts?

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Id say it looks like a bolt that holds the passenger airbag to the dash frame. There two of them. It could be another dash frame bolt from somewhere in there.

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