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post #1 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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dipstick broken in dipstick tube

so my oil dipstick's plastic handle broke off while removing my battery as it hit it. it looks like the dipstick tube is pressed into the oil pan. is there an easy way to remove it or does the dipstick tube come off/on ? Dont like having no way to check oil level. the plastic is to far down into the tube to get with needle nose , its like 1.5" down at least from trying to get it out

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post #2 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 08:17 AM
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How about a small magnet on a string (i.e. what you'd use to fish out screws)?

You may have to shove it down there but maybe you can pull it out that way?

Of course that may be a completely idiotic idea because I guess I'm not really sure what the stick is made of...

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How about a small magnet on a string (i.e. what you'd use to fish out screws)?

You may have to shove it down there but maybe you can pull it out that way?

Of course that may be a completely idiotic idea because I guess I'm not really sure what the stick is made of...
Thats what I was going to say.

If not magnetic get a scribe.
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post #4 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 08:24 AM
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Actually, maybe a stupid idea but Id take a vacuum hose and try to suck it out. Couldnt hurt.
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 08:27 AM
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i replaced the 4-cyl motor in my jeep and the used engine's dipstick was broken off in the tube, and the only way i could get it out was by taking off the oil pan and pushing it out. i tried everything, drilling a small hole and putting a screw in it, i'm sure there are other ways, but in the end i ended up taking the oil pan out
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 08:34 AM
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I broke mine while changing plugs, although when mine broke, the plastic piece left on the dipstick was almost flush with the end of the dipstick tube. Not sure how yours broke off so far down, so this may or may not work.

I searched a bunch of threads here for advice, and this is what worked for me. (Assuming you still have some plastic left on the dipstick.)

Take a small pair of vice grips, and gently squeeze the dipstick tube where the remaining plastic is on the dipstick. This will help prevent you from pushing it in even further.

For the next piece, I used a small curved pick from a Snap-on set I have. I heated the pick with a torch until it was glowing orange, then quickly stuck it into the plastic left on the dipstick and held it there.

After it cooled for a minute, I was able to release the vice grips and pull the dipstick right out.
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post #7 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 08:41 AM
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If you can't get a grip on what's left of the stick remove the bolt from the tab on the dip stick tube, pull tube from block, remove broken stick, reinsert tube into block, reinstall bolt, install new dip stick, and have a happy day.

Why remove the pan?

Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.
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Easy solution ,I have removed several using the following method, Get a small pocket screwdriver heat the tip cherry red with a torch while it's cherry red gently push it in to the broken plastic letting it melt it's way in, Hold it still till cool then remove broken dipstick a piece of coat hanger may work if you don't have a small screwdriver.
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If you can't get a grip on what's left of the stick remove the bolt from the tab on the dip stick tube, pull tube from block, remove broken stick, reinsert tube into block, reinstall bolt, install new dip stick, and have a happy day.

Why remove the pan?
It's done exactly like he stated.
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If you can't get a grip on what's left of the stick remove the bolt from the tab on the dip stick tube, pull tube from block, remove broken stick, reinsert tube into block, reinstall bolt, install new dip stick, and have a happy day.

Why remove the pan?
i needed to remove the pan because the pan on the used engine was rusted and dented so i swapped pans from my old motor. it was just convenient at the time.
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post #11 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 09:39 AM
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LOL! Mine broke earlier this year while doing an oil change. I got lucky because mine broke when I pulled it out to check the oil before I started. I just put some electrical tape around what was remaining to keep it from getting pushed down the tube.

What is everyone doing for a replacement dipstick? OEM or aftermarket?

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i needed to remove the pan because the pan on the used engine was rusted and dented so i swapped pans from my old motor. it was just convenient at the time.
Removing the broken dip stick while you replaced the oil pan made since in this case.

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i replaced the 4-cyl motor in my jeep and the used engine's dipstick was broken off in the tube, and the only way i could get it out was by taking off the oil pan and pushing it out. i tried everything, drilling a small hole and putting a screw in it, i'm sure there are other ways, but in the end i ended up taking the oil pan out
this made it sound like the only way to get the broken stick out was to remove the oil pan. I'd hate for someone with a broken dip stick to walk away from this thread and pull his oil pan off because he thought that was the only way to get the broken stick out of the tube.

Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.
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What is everyone doing for a replacement dipstick? OEM or aftermarket?
Bought an OEM one from Jeepsrus. It was about 8 bucks.
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post #14 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 10:10 AM
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I think the tube is held on with a bolt remove the bolt remove the tube remove broken piece rfinstall all done
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post #15 of 24 Old 09-24-2009, 10:35 AM
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according to a post by JerryBransford (about a month ago) the oil dipstick tube does come off. ill try and find the post
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