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Piece of plastic broke off oil filler neck...help!

As I was changing my oil this weekend, my oil cap was giving me a really hard time coming loose. Not really sure how this happened, but anyway it came loose...but with the filler neck. After swearing and looking over the piece, I noticed that it looks like a little tab broke off the filler neck. The tab appears looks like it keeps the tube in place once twisted down. There's no place else for the tab to go except for into the depths of the engine. I tried to flush it out with some more oil, but have seen no evidence of it.

How concerned should I be with this little piece of plastic? I know it's obviously not ideal, but could I get away with this? Do you think this would get caught in some filter?

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So I'm assuming it just fell down into the valve cover? Not sure if it would do much damage or not, but its not a big job to take the valve cover off. You could probably find the piece that way.
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If you fill your engine with oil from the valve cover, I would just replace the whole assembly.
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Where else would put the oil in?
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From what I can see here and from other postings, it looks like I can drain the oil again and take the valve cover off. The piece seems like it's probably about the size of a 1/8" cube. Does anyone think that this piece could make its way on down to the oil pan? I'm not really sure how big the oil passages are. I'm comfortable if it's down in the oil pan because I think there's decent odds it will come out with a drain. But if it's kicking around underneath the valve cover, I'm pretty concerned.
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I'd pull the cover and check it out... it's likely still up there!
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