Hi Median. Boy are you in trouble now, ... Ok, just kidding. The paper probably just blew out. The transmission's torque converter is spinning right below that window and at the very worst, the paper will get shredded by the ring gear on it that the starter motor turns. Other than that, it will just fall harmlessly to the bottom of the housing.
The rubber plug has an extremely important purpose in life. A very tiny ticking noise can be transmitted through the opening to the passenger compartment and that plug blocks most of it. It's strictly for noise, nothing else.
By the way, I strongly agree with one of my former students who said these are the last of the decent cars. They are not full of all kinds of unnecessary, unreliable, expensive computers.
Friday, May 14th, 2010 AT 8:47 PM