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Old 07-08-2011, 14:04   #16
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Re: dipstick broken off in diesel engine

Carefully probe the inside of the dipstick tube to determine if the missing portion of the diptsick is there. If it is, measure the inside diameter of the tube(a cheap plastic vernier caliper works well) and take the broken dipstick with you to a hardware store and find some soft metal tubing that the dipstick will almost fit inside(copper works best), you will need about a foot of it. Champfer one end with a countersink and slide it into the dipstick tube and tap the exposed end with a small hammer(tap very lightly) to force the copper tube over the lost dipstick, !/2inch overlap worked for me, then carefully withdraw the copper tube and the dipstick should be stuck in the end of it. Be gentle with the hammer or you could damage the bottom of the oil pan.

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Old 07-08-2011, 14:12   #17
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Re: dipstick broken off in diesel engine

Originally Posted by Blue Stocking View Post
Some dipstick tubes project to just clear of the sump surface. If yours is this type, then the broken blade may have some support to stop it sliding into the oil.
If you can see the broken part, try this:
In a piece of 1/4" rod, cut a slot into its length, that is such width and depth that it will hold the other portion as a test of its "grasping" ability.
If it holds, you may be able to push the slot down over the piece in the tube and gently lift it out, with a twisting open to increase the "grasp" on the culprit.
Beats removing that engine and sump, and get the oil examined for suspended particles.

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Old 07-08-2011, 18:22   #18
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Re: Dipstick Broken Off - Diesel

Hard to envision, but if it's broken only 1" below the top of the tube, then I suspect it cant go clear to the bottom and exit the tube. Are you sure you didnt accidentally step on it getting out of the boat with the engine cover off...? I have used a rocker cover as a step many times while the engine cover was off..... just sayin'.... I know of no reason a dipstik would break other than from stepping on it or corrosion....

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