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Old 09-23-2003, 12:28 PM
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Help!! Dropped exacto knife down defroster vent!!

Got a dash cover for my 380sl, While trimming a piece of the original dash that was curled up, so the cover would sit flush, I dropped the exacto knife and it fell down into the driver side defroster vent!!! Almost got it out using, of all things, a magnet on a string. Just as it got to the opening, it fell back down a now I cant even see it. Is there a way to get to this duct work from under dash or am I looking at the dreaded dash removal????
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Old 09-23-2003, 12:46 PM
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getting knife out of vent

Most auto part stores carry small magnet attatched to spring-rod (about 18 inches) small cost, always useful tool. try, good luck, Abe G
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Old 09-23-2003, 02:07 PM
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Bummer.

They also make a flexible retreiver with a tiny 'claw' that is actuated by a cable. I see these everywhere.

I have another that is like a magnet on the end of an antennae.

Another trick:
Duct tape a length of small rubber or plastic tubing to a shop vac.
Sometimes you can grasp things with the suction.

If all else fails, put a 'rare earth' magnet on your string. These are super powerful, and not likely to let go once stuck on.
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Old 09-23-2003, 02:31 PM
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Brainstorming: Try making some sort of adapter for your vacuum cleaner hose and close the other vents and see if you can dislodge or move the blade around any to try and get a better look at it. The adapter could cover the whole vent or use a small one and slide it down the hole. Is it making noise when the defroster is on?
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Old 09-23-2003, 03:59 PM
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Not knowing anything about heating/AC, I haven't even started the car, not knowing if there's a fan or something down in there that the knife could get caught up in. This is a very difficult spot to get to. On the older sl, the defroster vent is behind the instrument cluster part of the dash and there's only about 1"-2" of space between that part of the dash and the windshield.
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Old 09-23-2003, 06:01 PM
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The Mercedes EPC gives a good cut-away view of that area. If the blower motor is accessable (I have NO idea on a 107; is on a 126), seems like you might be able to use a magnet probe "upwards" and "rearwards". Good luck.

Seems from the EPC pictures that the blower is forward of where your knife would be.
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