Teeth on the pinion: 0
Teeth on the floor: 1
Teeth somewhere in the engine: ??
I heard plenty of grunky clunky chunky noises when this went down in the Papa Murphy's parking lot, and I guessed pretty accurately what had happened...but I'm not sure what to do about the missing teeth. Are they going to cause problems if I don't fish them out? Will it (probably) take an engine teardown to get to them? Think I'd find them in the oil pan? (I'm still pretty green, not very familiar with the shape of my engine (AMC 304) and where things would go if they fell...) I just got an oil change along with my emissions and general safety inspection and all that jazz, so 1/ new oil, don't realllly want to waste it... 2/ shouldn't be a lot of other gunk/filings in it at the moment, although, this might change that (?). Photos attached for your viewing pleasure/horror. Tried to shrink them a little but not sure if it worked.
Wonder if that might be another tooth in the bottom of the middle picture...I'll have to check later.
Also...met a guy in the parking garage who mentioned some folks can start their jeeps by cranking the fan by hand. Anyone tried this?