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i had a similar event occur on my escape. one of the clutch dowel pins came out and rattled around trashing the bellhousing, starter and the clutch..
make sure they replace everything that was hit by that thing.... why did that bolt come loose? it looks like it backed out forcing that cover off... does that hold the counter shaft in place?!!?! that could habe been a MUCH worse disaster!
Looks like a cheap cap for the hex bolt to keep crud out of the hex. Some engineer probably assumed that techs would not bother to clean out the crud and end up stripping it. That is all I can think of, anyways. I am always told to design things assuming a tech will take a shortcut, and the techs in my industry are better than most auto techs.