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Unread 03-13-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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Dip stick tube

A there an easy fix to keeping my oil dip stick tube in place? Every time I check my oil and pull the dipstick, the tube comes right out with it... It doesn't leak or anything, it's just loose!

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Unread 03-13-2014, 10:15 AM   #2
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I got both surfaces real clean, and used a very small amount of JB Weld, being particularly careful to not let any drip into the block because it thins as it cures.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 02:57 PM   #3
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Agreed on the JB Weld idea. Also, a muffler shop could put a tiny spot weld on there for you in two seconds. Not three, two. And that solution would be easily reversible if ever needed.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 05:10 PM   #4
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I wouldn't use JB Weld for that as there are better products from Loctite that will do the job, like Bearing and Shaft Retaining Compound.
Freeze the tube in a freezer overnight and then coat with a small amount of Retaining Compound before inserting it back in the block. After 24hrs of curing time, that tube won't come out anymore unless it is heated with a torch to soften the Retaining Compound.

Loctite brands can be found at most auto stores.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 05:25 PM   #5
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i've used Marine Tex. sold at most boat places, it does very well, imho. it has a better cure when it is applied very thick. i've used it on heads among other things. i always make sure i have some on hand. it's not cheap and it is a two part mixture.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 10:00 PM   #6
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Cool, thanks for the replies! Will try this weekend
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