Hey all, Like the title says, I dropped a bolt into the engine while replacing the camshaft. It was a camshaft bearing cap stretch bolt, so pretty long (maybe 3 or 4 inches). For future reference, make sure to block off the oil passages that lead to the crankcase with a rag or something before you take off the camshaft!!! So, I think it went into one of the following holes shown on this picture: I heard it hit lots of stuff on the way down. Sounded like it made it all the way through the passage way into the bottom of the engine... I'm thinking its either sitting somewhere in the oil pan or somewhere in the crankshaft area. Given that the bolt was pretty big and it sounded like it made it all the way to the bottow, I think it's safe to assume that it probably fell down the bigger hole (the one on the right in the picture above). So, I guess its path is likely to have taken the following course: I immediately tried to take the oil pan off after the bolt fell down, but there is no clearance to get two of the oil pan bolts off because they are blocked by the bell housing on the transmission. They have been rounded off a bit too, making me think the they aren't going to come off without a fight. There is a thread going about how much of a pain in the **** these two oil pan bolts are to get out, and ideas on how to get them out: https://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=317828&page=2 So, here are my questions: 1) Should I continue trying to get the oil pan off, or should I get some sort of flexible magnet fishing going on first? 2) If I choose to continue with taking the oil pan off and end up rounding off the bolts, should I drop the transmission to gain access to the rounded off bolts, or should I then start fishing with a magnet? 3) If I'm fishing with a magnet, is it better to try from inside the valve cover and feed the magnet down the suspected oil passage in question, or just fish from the oil drain plug hole. FYI, I already tried fising it out of both of those holes with a straight telescoping magnetic pickup tool but to no avail.