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Fireaxe 07-12-2012 05:11 PM

dipstick handle broken off
The handle to pull out the oil dipstick somehow separated. Now I can't get to the dip stick. Any ideas?
There seems to be no way of reaching down to get it without pushing it farther in....

LiftedTj 07-12-2012 06:20 PM

Take a small drill bit and drill a small hole into the broken piece. Insert a screw and tighten it down just a bit and pull it out with pliers or your fingers. Tada!

cphilip 07-12-2012 07:54 PM

I was able to retrieve a dip stick that had separated from its handle by using a shop Vac. I had to rig up some duct tape to create a closed system then I also had to hold the hose rather straight, then bumped it on for a few minutes and the dipstick ended up in the hose. Was on a Nissan Altima.

Peepers 07-12-2012 08:00 PM

Tape or glue a small strong magnet to a coat hanger or something else thats firm, but flexible and try to fish it out?

Wheel2Work 07-13-2012 05:04 AM

Worst case scenario... Remove the dipstick tube and pull it out from the bottom! There should be one bracket bolt, and the tube is an interference fit with an o-ring to prevent leaks. simply pull it up and out, and remove the old dipstick.

Fireaxe 07-15-2012 02:57 PM

I tried to use the drill bit and any pressure at all pushes it farther into the tube.
How it separated there is no space and the sides to reach in grab it.

Pulling the dipstick tube out, am I going to lose a bunch of oil or only a small amount? And do I just push it back into place when I'm done?

cphilip 07-15-2012 10:24 PM

Try the Shop Vac first... it might work. What you got to lose?

Wheel2Work 07-16-2012 12:30 AM

You shouldn't lose any oil by pulling the dipstick tube, or it will only be minimal... Then it is just pressed back into the block. There is no real pressure or anything at that point, or you'd be able to launch your dipstick out of the tube :)

The only way to get a lot of oil out is if you had overfilled the engine capacity...

Fireaxe 07-16-2012 02:22 PM


Wheel2Work 07-17-2012 02:39 AM

Anytime... Retired 2001, Time for younger men to take the watch :)

Wesboy 07-17-2012 05:15 AM

I've been waiting for mine to break so I can try Burtons method of getting the dipstick out in this thread. :D

See post # 12

BNotrab 07-17-2012 06:45 AM

I've tried the shop vac method and it didn't work.
What work for me when I had this problem, was cutting the bottom end of a wire hanger so it is one long piece.
Cut one of the ends where it has a slight tip to it.
Heat it up the tip side with a torch (until its glowing a bit) and then press it into the remaining plastic that is on the top of your broken dip stick.
Hold it there for 30 seconds or so until you feel they have melted together and gently slide it out.
Hope this helps.

Jeeper01ca 05-01-2014 08:18 PM

Last winter it was one of those super cold nights and I had to take my dead battery out and get it replaced, I was rushing and didn't remove the weather sleeve off, so the battery pushed against my oil dipstick and broke it off.
I was thinking about screwing a long wood screw in it and if that doesn't work, I was planning of using a heated-rod and let it coo off in the hole I made with the screw.

But I leaned something here about removing the dipstick tube out. I think I have something to have fun with on my next day off.

itscakes 05-02-2014 08:29 PM

Remove your breather hose and put some compressed air in it dip stick will blow right out.

Jeeper01ca 07-12-2014 11:03 PM

I did mine two weeks ago, the best and easiest way is put some engine oil down the tube to lubricated it and with a long screw driver, push down on the dip stick and let it bounce back. Keep doing this and you will have it out in less than a minute.

Then, put some duct tape around the end and leave some out to pull the dipstick by.

I got pictures if you like, when I did mine

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