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Old 07-27-2010, 01:48 PM
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Dipstick Has Fallen Into Tube

I had gotten my oil changed at a Jiffy Lube about a month ago. Today, I decided to just check the oil level just to make sure everything was set.

Well, when I pulled out the dipstick, only the handle came up. The dipstick itself was still inside the tube.

I am wondering how I can get it out? Part of the handle is in there, too, so it's sort of lodged. Is there any way I can retrieve it without having to replace my tube?

Thank you very much for any help on this, it is greatly appreciated.

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i'v had this happen before if its a plastic Handel you can try drilling a small hole in it. installing a small screw in and gently pull out the stick....
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what type of car do you have?if it's a chevy unbolt the tube from the block and pull out the whole tube out of pan.
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Hi

I have a Nissan Sentra 2002. I could drill a hole, but wouldn't installing a screw push the stick down further?

Also, what do you think of this idea: I have some Window Caulk. Could I dab a little on the end of a nail or screwdriver and lightly press it against the top of the fallen stick, wait a little bit, then lift it up?

Any help is great, thanks!

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I have a Nissan Sentra 2002. I could drill a hole, but wouldn't installing a screw push the stick down further?

Also, what do you think of this idea: I have some Window Caulk. Could I dab a little on the end of a nail or screwdriver and lightly press it against the top of the fallen stick, wait a little bit, then lift it up?

Any help is great, thanks!
yes it could go down more.. you could try the caulk i't could work only one way to find out dab it.....
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why not try a very thin magnet,just a thought.
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magnet

yes, a magnet was my first thought. My second thought was, note to self: change my own oil.
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just pull the tube out of the block.
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yep, big dog. your rite. it wont take but a minute.
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yes, a magnet was my first thought. My second thought was, note to self: change my own oil.
that is a great thought.
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Thanks everyone

I actually used the vacuum trick. It worked perfectly; no mess. I don't know if a magnet would have worked because part of the handle was in the tube and it's plastic.

On a separate note: How much does a dipstick cost?

Thanks!
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yep, big dog. your rite. it wont take but a minute.
I really can't tell if your agreeing with me or you're being sarcastic.
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A trick I usually use for broken plastic dipsticks is to heat up a drywall screw to nearly glowing, holding it with a pair of Vise-grips, then gently screw it into the plastic while it's still hot, let it cool a few minutes, then pull it out. Works every time,
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yes, a magnet was my first thought. My second thought was, note to self: change my own oil.
Amen. Never had good experiences with those fast oil change places.
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