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Dipstick Tube Corrosion - need new dipstick tube

explorernovice

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This is from another post, but the exact same problem has happened on my 1996 V8 Explorer.

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Apparently, my dipstick ring broke or fell off while driving the car, and the dipstick has corroded and is now blocking the dipstick tube. The oil can't be changed (and no, I don't know how to do that myself).

However, I know NOTHING about fixing/repairing cars, besides some common sense...

The Ford Dealership does not have a new dipstick tube available (apparently Ford only carries replacement parts 10 years back?). They recommended I find one at a scrap parts place or order it online.

I read the advice on the other forum post, and while it seems practical, most of it I can't perform - I have no garage, no tools, no experience in even basic repairs... I'd do more harm than good!

This seems, at one end, to be a very simple problem - replace the dipstick tube. However, for someone with no experience in car repair, I don't want the lack of tube availability to force me to sell/scrap the car!

Any advice on locating an appropriate dipstick tube (or a universal tube that could be used?!), or advice on how to go about the repair would be VERY helpful!

Thanks in advance!
 




mechanix

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There are many ways to remove the broken dipstick like that. I have had luck drilling the plastic down about 3/4" or so and screwing in a 3" drywall screw. If you do this you will need to make sure you drill a small enough hole for the screw to enter the dipstick but not too big or the screw will just pull out.

As for getting a new dipstick I am sure you can find one at a local you-pull-it or a junk yard for $5-$10.
 




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