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Old 06-16-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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Broke my dipstick

After replacing one of my heater hoses I thought I would check all the fluid levels. The oil dipstick didn't come out on the first tug so I tried to turn it just a little and the yellow handle broke off. There's nothing sticking above the end of the tube to grab on to so... I was thinking of drilling a small hole in the center and inserting a small screw and gently pulling it out. Would a little heat on the metal pipe from a lighter help ease it out? Hopefully someone who has gone through this will have a simple solution.

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A skinny medical hemostat (like a tiny pair of locking needle nose pliers) should do the trick in being able to reach down into the tube and pull it out.

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Old 06-16-2010, 07:40 PM   #3
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This sounds like a personal problem

On a serious note isant there some kind of way to remove the metal tube from the block to extract it?
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Now that's thinking with your dipstick
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Try a retractable magnet thing (I don't know what it's called). It looks like a presentation pointer, but it's got a small magnet on the end for stuff just like this... any part store should have them.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:09 AM   #6
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The last thing I would do is drill a hole in it. You take a big risk of getting metal shavings in your oil.
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Dipstick tube should just pull away from the block..usually its just a press fit connection i think....the small pliers like Jerry mentioned would probably work too. you can get those at any store that sells fishing supplies or if you're an E.R. veteran like myself and already have some laying around.
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I was hoping not to have to tear the whole thing out of the block. Yellow plastic is still very visible inside the tube. Someone had suggested super glue on the end of a chopstick or dowel. Not sure if super glue will fasten wood to plastic. Might try it with the broken piece of the dipstick.
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The dipstick tube is just pressed into the block, not much holds it in place.
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think with your dipstick, JIMMY!
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super glue melts plastic....so don't try that method!
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I had this happen on my old silverado and here's my solution. I cannot remember for the life of me where I heard it, but it was some solution on the net.

Take a shop vac. Take a spray paint can lid. Drill a hole about the size of the dipstick tube on the top of the spray lid. With the edge side facing you, stick that end over the shop vac part and let her run, give it a few seconds and the dipstick part should pop up.

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I had this happen on my old silverado and here's my solution. I cannot remember for the life of me where I heard it, but it was some solution on the net.

Take a shop vac. Take a spray paint can lid. Drill a hole about the size of the dipstick tube on the top of the spray lid. With the edge side facing you, stick that end over the shop vac part and let her run, give it a few seconds and the dipstick part should pop up.

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thats what Macgyver would do
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Do ya'll have ANY idea how hard it is to keep from making naughty remarks in a topic with a title like this??

I'm going back out to the garage before I get my mouth washed out with soap.
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This is turning into a thread about how McGyver would get it out. I am pretty sure that Jerry's idea nailed it! Just sayin....
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That method doesn't sound like fun though and look completely do-it-yourselfer. Maybe you'd be better suited at the Honda Civic forums bruckerw
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Now that's thinking with your dipstick
ahahahaha

oh sh*t I've been laughing for like 10 minutes.

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That method doesn't sound like fun though and look completely do-it-yourselfer. Maybe you'd be better suited at the Honda Civic forums bruckerw
OK...I'm game...How about we take the engine out, take off the oil filter. drain the oil, drop the pan, drink 6 or 7 beers (at least), remove the spark plugs, put them back in, drink 6 or 7 more beers, put the oil pan back on replace the filter, fill the engine with oil, then put the engine back in and THEN do what Jerry suggested. Actually that sounds like alot of fun.....
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Hey Bruckerw, Vernon isn't that far from worcester, ma. What kind of beer were you thinking of? I'm rather fond of Belgian beer. After a few of those we wouldn't be in any shape to work on the jeep. Might be able to come up with some good dipstick jokes though. When I went to the parts counter at the dealer and told him I broke my dipstick he had a grin that told me he wanted to make a joke so I gave him permission. He laughed but never followed through with the joke. So, I drilled a small hole in the plastic that was visible and then threaded a stainless steel screw into it and pulled gently at first. Nothing. Pulled much harder. Still nothing. Took a pair of hook nosed pliers and grabbed the screw and, with great force, pulled the screw out of the plastic and ended up on my a**. My guess is someone used locktite to glue it in. The local jeep guy wants to lower the oil pan and hammer it out. Can't the whole tube just be twisted out from the engine and a new one installed? Is it that hard to do?
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I haven't had it out myself but the tube the dip stick is inside of is just a press fit so it can be pulled out. I do know the tube for the automatic transmission's dip stick is just a press fit and it pulls out pretty easily.
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Hey Bruckerw, Vernon isn't that far from worcester, ma. What kind of beer were you thinking of? I'm rather fond of Belgian beer. After a few of those we wouldn't be in any shape to work on the jeep. Might be able to come up with some good dipstick jokes though. When I went to the parts counter at the dealer and told him I broke my dipstick he had a grin that told me he wanted to make a joke so I gave him permission. He laughed but never followed through with the joke. So, I drilled a small hole in the plastic that was visible and then threaded a stainless steel screw into it and pulled gently at first. Nothing. Pulled much harder. Still nothing. Took a pair of hook nosed pliers and grabbed the screw and, with great force, pulled the screw out of the plastic and ended up on my a**. My guess is someone used locktite to glue it in. The local jeep guy wants to lower the oil pan and hammer it out. Can't the whole tube just be twisted out from the engine and a new one installed? Is it that hard to do?


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The dipstick tube is just pressed into the block, not much holds it in place.

Apparently posting quotes doesn't make the post long enough, so I had to type something. Strawberry and Asparagus soup. There, that should do it.
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Guess the OP didn't want to try the simple, easy ways first. Hope there aren't any shavings in the oil.
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Well Rubi since it's been glued in I can't think of any easy way to get it out. When I put the screw in the visible plastic in the tube it was firmly in place. Pulling on it would not get the stick to budge. As far as plastic shavings in the oil it's possible but I can still see plastic down in the tube so I think I'm ok. It's been too hot here to do anything on the jeep.
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Broken dipstick

I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to let everyone know, the spray paint lid/shop vac trick worked like a charm. I recently broke the yellow plastic portion of my dipstick when my oil filter wrench slipped. I found this thread and decided to give the idea a try. When I told the guys, at the dealership where I ordered the new dipstick, what I was planning, they gave me the "look."

I'll tell you it took longer to drill the hole in the paint lid than it did to take out the dipstick.

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Burton's fix has to have been one of the most creative I've ever seen!
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Thanks!!

I know I'm waking a old thread here but I have to say thanks to Burton. I read the post, ran to the garage, grabbed the shop vac and an old spray paint cap and had it out in a couple minutes. It didn't pull it out right away. I had to leave it on there for a minute or 2 but it did come out. Thanks again for the informative and entertaining post!!
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I have removed quite a few broken ones using this trick,Heat a small (Pocket Screwdriver) cherry red with a torch while it's still hot stick it into the broken plastic dipstick try not to wiggle it around hold it still till it cools the use it to remove the dipstick.

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