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Old 03-15-2009, 02:24 PM
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How I got the dipstick tube out.

I saw the threads on removing a broken dipstick tube, I wanted to avoid that ... but I wanted to remove the tube from my SSBC (small, small block Chev = 4.3 V6) to put the headers on. Shoudldbe the same on a SBC. This may be obvious, but maybe it will help someone...

I saw the tube was 3/8" outside diameter, and had an expansion ring just above the block (where it would be driven in with a tool). There was just enough room there to get a thin open-ended 3/8 wrench between that ring and the block.

I cleaned the area and squirted penetrating oil (Kroil) there, slipped in the wrench, and tapped on the end of the wrench as I turned it this way and that. The next day I squirted more oil and tapped on the wrench some more. Maybe this would help get the oil down between the tube and the block.

Later that second day I put on the wrench, and tapped it downward with a hammer -- lightly, about 1" away from the tube, trying to force the tube up. Actually there was enough room for a thicker headed wrench (I wanted to keep the wrench perpendicular to the tube), so I put that in and tap tap tap.

More tapping and the tube actually moved up a bit !! Great !! I slipped a screwdriver under the wrench (to keep it perpendicular) and more tapping. It came up and out!

Patience, and light tapping (OK, maybe medium tapping) did it.
I thought if I had a slide hammer that would fit under the expansion ring on the tube it would also work, but I didn't have the right tool for that.

Good luck !

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An easier way?

drop a 5/16 bolt down the dipstick tube and clamp the old vice-grips on the tube tap up with a hammer as you turn the tube. to reinstall tap on the top of the bolt.
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hmm i dunno, i cant think of how you did it with the wrench hmm interesting.

i always do it with a bolt in the top end and vice grips like already mentioned

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I stuck a dull-ish drill bit slightly larger than the inside diameter of the dipstick tube. The bit, being somewhat dull, started cutting into the wall of the tube, grabbed it and started turning it. Gently pulling up with the drill still on, the tube came out. It was very easy. This was for a tube that was broken off tho, not a full tube. It did not hurt the block any,the bit only dug into the dipstick tube.
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hmm i dunno, i cant think of how you did it with the wrench hmm interesting.

i always do it with a bolt in the top end and vice grips like already mentioned

haha
I think that's a good idea if the dipstick is straight (or broken) and you can pull it straight up... but my dipstick has a bend in it and goes foward at an angle. Pulling from the top of the tube, or trying to straighten it, would surely break it.

The only way I could see to move it straight out of the block was to pry it up.
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Done it a hundred times with all kinds of tubes-there not in as tight as you would think!

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