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I would not risk driving the car without the clip in place. If possible, I'd get a ride to a dealership and buy a new clip.

If you had to do something as a temporary fix you may be able to wrap soft copper wire around the sensor port neck, make sure it drops into the two slots for the retaining clip, then twist the wire until it is tight (A nylon wire tie may also work). It will be hard to do in the confines of the engine bay, but it is something that you could try. Give the sensor a tug to be sure the wire is retaining it in place before you drive the car.

I dropped my clip into the engine bay once. It took a while working with a flashlight, but I eventually spotted it and was able to retrieve it with a long stick and a wad of masking tape.

Good luck.
 
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