So I was changing my oil today, and when I was pulling the oil filter out my hand hit the long dangling piece that is attached to the oil filter cover and it broke off. (see pictures)
http://imgur.com/XAsisOe (how it should look, normally attached)
http://imgur.com/Zt2dabd (but it is broken off)
Any idea what this piece is for? I can place the broken piece into the hole where it belongs and still screw the oil filter cover on. I just wanted to know if anyone knew what specifically this was for and if it not being attached would cause problems?