How to Replace a Dipstick Tube

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A dipstick is an instrument made of metal that is used to measure the amount of fluid in your car. It is found near the engine block in a tube called the dipstick tube. Occasionally these tubes crack, develop rust or wear or break and need to be replaced. This is a repair that requires very little previous automotive work experience and easy-to-find items. Save yourself the headache of going to an automotive center and do this job yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Small piece of plastic
  • Paper towels
  • New dipstick tube
  • Park your car and let the engine cool down. Open the hood of your car so you can access the engine well.

  • Locate your dipstick in the engine well. It is near the exhaust manifold and has a large ring, which you would pull on to remove it from the tube.

  • Take out the bolts holding the dipstick tube in place using a wrench. The bolts will release a bracket, which you will be able to slide up and off the tube.

  • Take the dipstick out of the tube by grasping the ring and pulling it out of the car. Locate the compression clips holding the tube onto the oil container below.

  • Press both of the clips down to release them and insert a small piece of plastic or other material in the gap to wedge the clips into the open position.

  • Stuff paper towels into the tube and grip the tube with pliers. Pull the tube directly upward until it releases from the car.

  • Push the new dipstick tube into the same position as the old one. Make sure the clips snap into place.

  • Put the bracket back onto the tube and secure it with the removed bolts. Return the dipstick to the tube.

Tips & Warnings

  • The paper towels will help prevent any small parts from falling down through the tubes, so don't skip this step.
  • Do not exert extreme force when removing the bolts or you may snap the tube within the bracket.

References

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