I've just gotten back my 2003 1800 C rear wheel from being powdercoated, and having new bearings installed.
A few minutes ago, I was preparing to chase the disc brake threads in the wheel, when I dropped a too-small tap down one of the holes and it landed INSIDE the wheel cavity. It didn't bottom out in the disc brake mounting hole, the frickin' thing dropped inside the wheel. Like I said, a real bonehead move.
Do I leave it be and learn to ignore the low-speed clatter? It probably weighs 1/4 ounce at best. I use Ride-On to balance my wheels so maybe that will help counteract the balance issue. Could it get wedged in anywhere and stress the wheel to the point of fracture?
Or do I pull a bearing and the distance collar to fish it out? Yeah, it will cost a few bucks in parts and labor, but if it's the better way to go. Question is, will I be able to fish it out even then? I don't remember what the center of the wheel looks like with the bearings and collarge removed. Is there even a passage into the wheel cavity?
Thanks. This is a cross-post from the OA, my apologies, but I'm more than a little pissed-off at myself right now and I could really use some experienced assistance.