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Unread 08-05-2011, 09:02 PM   #1
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Arrow Dipstick broke off :(

So after my last oil change i was checking the levels and cleaning up and i pulled on the stick (gently, didn't yank or anything) and the handle snapped off. It didn't fall down inside, it is only down about an inch and a half from the top. I really don't want to have to pull the oil pan because it clean oil.

List of Failed tries to remove it
1. Super glue(surface is to rough, wasn't a clean break)
2. needle nose plies(just push it down farther)
3. vacuum+ziplock bag connected to the pipe(willing to try again)
4. cursing at it

List of things that have been suggested that i haven't tried
1. Small wire to try and loop around and under the broken handle
2. Cut the tube off below the handle
3. drill a small hole under the handle and push up with a wire(first choice)

What do you guys think? Have any suggestions?
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Ok my suggestion would be to pull the dipstick tube off, usually they either screw in or just push in. Usually there is a o-ring on the bottom. It would be awesome if you could post a picture of where it goes into the motor....I know that can be insanely hard on some of the old V6 fwd chevys.
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How far below the end of the tube is the broken stick?

Have you tried a pencil magnet?

Maybe a sheet metal screw welded on the end of a welding rod. The screw threads might catch the stick and you could pull it up.

I don't know what the tube looks like and how easy it is to replace, but that could be possible.
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When I read the first two words of the title I thought you were talking about me.....(if you don't get that, wait five minutes, reread....then you can pm me and ask why its funny)

Ok my suggestion would be to pull the dipstick tube off, usually they either screw in or just push in. Usually there is a o-ring on the bottom. It would be awesome if you could post a picture of where it goes into the motor....I know that can be insanely hard on some of the old V6 fwd chevys.
Dido just pull the tube may be a bolt or 2 and a O ring with some persuasion should come right out. Pics would also help.
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Pull the tube bro. If i remember its fairly easy to get to. Otherwise a small earth magnet should do the trick too...
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Ok my suggestion would be to pull the dipstick tube off, usually they either screw in or just push in. Usually there is a o-ring on the bottom. It would be awesome if you could post a picture of where it goes into the motor....I know that can be insanely hard on some of the old V6 fwd chevys.
I will try this when i find it, just crawling under i got nothing. I'm going to jack it up tomorrow so i can try and get a better look.
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How far below the end of the tube is the broken stick?

Have you tried a pencil magnet?

Maybe a sheet metal screw welded on the end of a welding rod. The screw threads might catch the stick and you could pull it up.

I don't know what the tube looks like and how easy it is to replace, but that could be possible.
About 1.5 inches, I will try pencil magnet. Thanks all for the quick replies
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So did you get it?
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the little grabber thing that is flexible then you push the button on the handle and 4 little grabber wires come out of the end.
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Yep just got it last night!! Got a drill, drilled a small pilot hole in the plastic. Then threaded a drywall screw into it and pulled it out. The replacement i got from GW Pierce doesn't quite fit right(was free) so just keeping it in the whole until i can get back to the parts yard. Thanks all for the input and ideas.
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