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Old 05-26-2005, 03:43 PM
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Getting the dipstick tube out

Hi, I accidentally snapped the dipstick tube off of my engine today. How to i get it out? It snapped 3 inches above were it enters the block. My truck it an 88 GMC k2500 with a 350. thanks! Mckenzie

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Clamp on a pair of vise grips and try to pull it out, turn it as you pull and it should come out.

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All that I have dealt with were just pressed in. Get some needle nose pliers and get the best grip you can and pull up.
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If there is enough to get some vise grips around it, just clamp them on, spray a little wd40 along the outside edge, then pull twist and give'er hell. Make sure theres no little bolts on it, as I think there was on mine an 86' chevy but Im not for sure.


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I had the same thing happen on my engine. The tube vibrated out and somehow arced accross the main lug on the starter and melted off and I lost the end of the stick in the pan.I couldn't get it out so I stuck one of those 50lb strength magnets to the bottom of the pan.Well see when she hits the road but I'm not worried about it the chance of it hitting a cylinder wall is slim.
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dip stick

I assume that it broke at the flare of the tube... With nothing sticking out of the block???? Thats where most of them break...

I take a bolt and thread it into the broken tube. The exact size eludes me at this moment but i am thinking 3/8". Then you can pull the broken tube (with the bolt threaded into it) out with a vise grip.....

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thanks for the replys. I got it out with a big long pair of needle nose pliers. it took a long time because it was broken behind the exhaust manifold and the air tubes were in the way of getting at it. But it came out after about an half hour of pulling and twisting. Now I just need to find a replacement. Thanks! McKenzie
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