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Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:45 AM

What are these little doodads?

I found these four little metal objects, at the end of my driveway, today. Any ideas? The photo makes them look darker than they really are. They look like stainless steel.

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Reply What are these little doodads? (Original post)
Fridays Child Apr 2014 OP
Brother Buzz Apr 2014 #1
Fridays Child Apr 2014 #4
Brother Buzz Apr 2014 #6
Fridays Child Apr 2014 #9
NutmegYankee Apr 2014 #19
Fridays Child Apr 2014 #21
Submariner Apr 2014 #2
Fridays Child Apr 2014 #5
Paulie Apr 2014 #3
Fridays Child Apr 2014 #7
Brother Buzz Apr 2014 #8
intaglio Apr 2014 #10
Flying Squirrel Apr 2014 #12
tomm2thumbs Apr 2014 #11
Callmecrazy Apr 2014 #20
eppur_se_muova Apr 2014 #13
Chan790 Apr 2014 #14
NV Whino Apr 2014 #15
Arugula Latte Apr 2014 #16
pinboy3niner Apr 2014 #17
NutmegYankee Apr 2014 #18

Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:49 AM

1. Bearings from a busted roller bearing

Have you looked under your vehicle and shaken anything in your drive trans?

On edit: Those are pretty small roller bearings and may be from something like a busted razor scooter wheel.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:54 AM

4. That doesn't sound good.

I just had the left front axle replaced, so my car got a complete check-up, and it seems to be running fine (knock on wood). I don't park where I found the bearings. Maybe it was from someone else's car.

Thanks for the information!

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Response to Fridays Child (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:59 AM

6. I edited my post a bit

The roller bearings might not even be from a vehicle

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:09 AM

9. Maybe they're fairly common.

I'll hang onto them but I'm thinking that they didn't come from my car. At first, I wondered whether they were some sort of projectiles for an air gun or something. I guess I was way off. Haha!

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Response to Fridays Child (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:54 PM

19. If they were from your car, you'll know really fast

Bad bearings tends to make a hell of a racket.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #19)

Sat Apr 26, 2014, 12:18 AM

21. Good to know.

I had a front axle replaced, recently. Maybe those little bearings fell out of the old axle.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:51 AM

2. Those look like tapered bearings that fell out of there cage

Usually found in wheel bearings.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:59 AM

5. I'll probably show them to my mechanic, just to be safe.

Thanks!

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:51 AM

3. Could be two things.

First, Looks like pins for shelves in a cabinet. Goes in a little hole and the shelf sits on them.

If they are oily, then could be from a roller bearing.

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Response to Paulie (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:01 AM

7. Not oily.

And not found where I park. They may have come from someone else's vehicle but I'm going to show them to my mechanic. Thanks for the information.

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Response to Paulie (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:02 AM

8. Shelve pins are 6 mm in diameter and 24-25 mm long, longer then nickel

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Response to Paulie (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 04:08 AM

10. The technical term for shelf supports are "tonks"

Just a fun fact.

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Response to intaglio (Reply #10)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 05:56 AM

12. Heh

 

I can just imagine the guy who named them thinking, "Well, when I push the shelf into place it just goes 'tonk'!"

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 04:44 AM

11. they're called 'nickels' and they ain't worth half a dime if you ask me!


sowweee, had to play

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Response to tomm2thumbs (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 05:31 PM

20. DUzy!

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 10:05 AM

13. Not doodads ... more likely thingamajigs.

Yes, spellcheck includes thingamajigs.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 10:28 AM

14. They could be roller bearings...or lock-tumblers or any number of other things.

 

They're both around that size and look alike. I'd take them to the mechanic to be looked at, just to make sure they're not off your car.


Lock tumblers (These ones are brass but they come in a variety of metals depending on the function of the lock.)


Roller bearing inserts, in a complete bearing.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:39 PM

15. They're little bearings

Could you send me two of them, please? I'm missing them on my vacuum cleaner head.

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:44 PM

16. Alien droppings.

 

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:51 PM

17. Grovelbot is falling apart since the expiration of his unemployment benefits

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Response to Fridays Child (Original post)

Mon Apr 21, 2014, 02:53 PM

18. Do they look like this?

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