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Old 07-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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I am not a mechanic, but....

I do know how to check the oil. The problem is that when I did this, the tube that houses the dipstick disconnected from where ever it is supposed to be attached, and now I am fearful of driving it at all. Is this a simple fix? Would this account for fluxuating oil pressure? Is this something that may be a recall problem? 2006 Wrangler 4 cyl.

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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It would depend on if it pulled out or broke off at the block. Post a picture of the end of the tube and I can tell.

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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At the moment, I do not have the ability to post a picture, but I am quite sure it is not broken off. The end of the tube is flared out. smooth and even
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The dip stick tube is a simple press-fit in the block and it probably just pulled out, I would just try to reseat it back into its hole.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #5
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Dip stick tubes are normally pressed in up to the flare. If you can reinsert it you may be fine. Don't drive w/o the tube in because oil may leak out and make a mess.
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It has nothing to do with your oil pressure problem.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #7
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Ok here is where my not being a mechanic comes in...If I did not see where it came from, How do I know where it goes? I got under there, and I see where there is a good bit of oil leaking out, but I am not sure where it is coming from...I know the general area, but beyond that...
The oil pressure problem started when I was driving home yesterday....I checked the oil last evening, and that is when the tube came out with the dipstick
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Ok here is where my not being a mechanic comes in...If I did not see where it came from, How do I know where it goes? I got under there, and I see where there is a good bit of oil leaking out, but I am not sure where it is coming from...I know the general area, but beyond that...
The oil pressure problem started when I was driving home yesterday....I checked the oil last evening, and that is when the tube came out with the dipstick
It's a short tube sticking out of the oil pan. Probably no longer than two inches. Get under the jeep and look up on the side your dipstick was on. The tube on the side of the oil pan will be the female. The end of your dipstick tube will be the male. Go mate the two. If you can't push it all the way in by hand just get it started then go lightly tap the tube in from the top with a piece of wood and a hammer.
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That is excellent...Thanks I will give it a shot.
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Ok, I found what I think is the hole, but it appears to have threads inside. Also, the tube will not mate to this because the angle is off. The hole is coming straight out of the block, not the oil pan....there is nothing coming out of the oil pan. The tube come in at about a 45 degree angle, but the hole, that I think is the right one, has threads inside and is on a 90 degree from the block....appears something is missing...could there be a threaded piece missing, or am I totally off.
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Oil Dipstick Tube

Here is what I can find in the FSM for the 2.4L engine. It should give you a general idea what to look for. Its the tube sticking up from the bottom of the block towards the front of the engine. They do not have any write ups on this because if your using these type of manuals they assume you have a mechanical background and are working for a Jeep dealer.
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Ok, I found what I think is the hole, but it appears to have threads inside. Also, the tube will not mate to this because the angle is off. The hole is coming straight out of the block, not the oil pan....there is nothing coming out of the oil pan. The tube come in at about a 45 degree angle, but the hole, that I think is the right one, has threads inside and is on a 90 degree from the block....appears something is missing...could there be a threaded piece missing, or am I totally off.
It is on the block and not the pan. Sorry for the mix up.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:36 AM   #14
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At the Hop...Thanks! The picture show me that I am Way off....What I was looking at was more toward the rear of the engine. This should help...As it turns out, my brother is bringing a mechanic friend down to Williamsburg today to help me out....Hopefully, I can get the rear brakes replaced on my 99 Ford Ranger also....I really appreciate all the feedback...It has been really helpful.
Lastly, with fluxuating oil pressure, do you think I need a new oil sensor? I just assumed that the oil was leaking out thus affecting the pressure....I will keep an eye on this
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Oil sending switches are a common failure in our jeeps. They are not very expensive and I would replace it as a first step. Personally I only buy electrical parts from the dealer. They are more expensive but the quality is better than the Chinese stuff the auto parts stores sell.
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Update...A mechanic friend of my brother came here last night, and confirmed that the dipstick tube broke off, and is in the block....Try as he might, he could not get it out...He even removed the oil pan, and could not budge it from either direction. At least my Ranger is running.
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Sux- sorry
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Update...A mechanic friend of my brother came here last night, and confirmed that the dipstick tube broke off, and is in the block....Try as he might, he could not get it out...He even removed the oil pan, and could not budge it from either direction. At least my Ranger is running.
If the oil pan is down you should be able to drive the piece up and out from the bottom. All you should need is a punch the exact diameter as the tube. They are pressed in from the top.

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