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How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? #3005896
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So I was dropping the 360 into the PowerWagon, and of course...had to break something. Snapped the oil dipstick tube right off at the block. Nothing to grab with pliers. Was thinking a screw extractor? Maybe put a large screw into it and try and pull it? I don't want metal shavings in my oil pan...obviously. Any tricks to get this thing out?
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Thread a tap dipped in grease into the remains.

grab with vice grips pull it out.

been there,,,,,done that

Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: dssaa] #3005993
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I have pulled the oil pan and tapped them out with a pin punch when trying to extract in from the top did not work.

Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: gtx6970] #3006040
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Originally Posted by gtx6970
Thread a tap dipped in grease into the remains.

grab with vice grips pull it out.

been there,,,,,done that


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If you are able to get decent thread established, a long bolt with a slightly larger spacer if positioned correctly will pull it straight up
Another method I have had some success with is to collapse the tube with a small punch until you can grab onto it and pull it out. Or a left handed Drill bit with grease to grab the chips will sometimes bite enough to spin it out.
The screw extractor will likely expand the tube wink


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Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: dssaa] #3006049
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The only way I have had good success with is to use a stock SB pushrod and drive the broken part out from the bottom on BB, Hemi and SB motors hammer up

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Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: TJP] #3006087
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Tried to get a good tap into it, my handle is too short, even after pulling the fuel pump. Looks like I need to get an extender....

Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: dssaa] #3006100
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Maybe try an easy out?

Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: mgoblue9798] #3006138
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I've always had to tap them out from underneath. wrench


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Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: mgoblue9798] #3006145
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Originally Posted by mgoblue9798
Maybe try an easy out?




Ez-out will only aggravate the problem as the tube is a slight press fit to begin with, tapping a tread and inserting a bolt in the broken tube is the usual course to avoid pulling the pan, I usually use a metric tap/bolt to pull busted dipstick tubes smblk or BBlk, sometimes just the bite of a tap will lock on and spin the tube end out, after tapping a tread, use a hex head bolt and drift it up from below using the head of the bolt to drift on......

Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: dssaa] #3006198
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Originally Posted by dssaa
Tried to get a good tap into it, my handle is too short, even after pulling the fuel pump. Looks like I need to get an extender....


One of these may help, TAP HANDLE LINKY
they are also on Amazon.
I have 8 point sockets that work well with extensions.
Another idea would be to weld a bolt to the end of a tap so you can use a regular socket wink
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Will it get sucked up into the pickup screen ? Probably not. Will it cause a major restriction? I don't think so. Knock it through with a pin punch or a push rod like cab said and install a new one. I have found worse stuff in oil pans from perfectly good running engines twocents

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Originally Posted by fourgearsavoy
Will it get sucked up into the pickup screen ? Probably not. Will it cause a major restriction? I don't think so. Knock it through with a pin punch or a push rod like cab said and install a new one. I have found worse stuff in oil pans from perfectly good running engines twocents

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Your suggestion made me think that doing so, one may be able to fish the piece with a small flexible Magnet, or a larger more powerful magnet on the bottom of the pan should grab the piece and allow one to pull it over to the DP opening wink
Myself, I'd either try the tap first or collapsing the side as previously suggested. Both have worked well for me over the years
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The last one I did I screwed a screw into it and tapped it out using a screw driver as a punch from under the car. Took longer to figure out what screw to use than do the job.


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Google ProMAXX dipstick tube extractor.

Re: How to remove a snapped oil dipstick?? [Re: fourgearsavoy] #3006628
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Originally Posted by fourgearsavoy
Will it get sucked up into the pickup screen ? Probably not. Will it cause a major restriction? I don't think so. Knock it through with a pin punch or a push rod like cab said and install a new one. I have found worse stuff in oil pans from perfectly good running engines twocents

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The thought of intentionally putting a piece of metal into my oilpan scares the crap out of me. I got a good tap into it, and it would not budge. Grabbed the tap with vice grips and it it with both a hammer and a pry bar, and its not cooperating at all. I am afraid an extractor will just get lodge in there and expand against the block. I think I will try another tap, and find a correct threaded screw as suggested....this had to happen AFTER the motor was back in...I guess I should have just intended to replace it in the first place and punched it out when the block was on the engine stand. Live and learn I guess...

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Okay.....its out! I took a bolt that was threaded similar to my tap, used my cordless impact to get a good bite into it, clamped the vice grips on, and used a crowbar to apply pressure...and it came flying out...nice and clean. Whew...that set me back a bit on firing this thing up. Thanks for all the suggestions. I think a combination of all of them did the trick. My next plan was to blow it out with dynamite and buy a different truck....:)

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Originally Posted by TJP
Originally Posted by fourgearsavoy
Will it get sucked up into the pickup screen ? Probably not. Will it cause a major restriction? I don't think so. Knock it through with a pin punch or a push rod like cab said and install a new one. I have found worse stuff in oil pans from perfectly good running engines twocents

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Your suggestion made me think that doing so, one may be able to fish the piece with a small flexible Magnet, or a larger more powerful magnet on the bottom of the pan should grab the piece and allow one to pull it over to the DP opening wink
Myself, I'd either try the tap first or collapsing the side as previously suggested. Both have worked well for me over the years
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I would say if this idea is attempted, try, if your feeling lucky, to fish a thin wire (like TiG copper filler rod) thru the broken oil dip stick and out the drain plug, and if successful, punch the broken tube into the pan, put a small"hook" on the dip stick end of the wire, and carefully extract the wire and broken tube thru the oil plug hole....?????????

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Originally Posted by DAYCLONA
Originally Posted by TJP
Originally Posted by fourgearsavoy
Will it get sucked up into the pickup screen ? Probably not. Will it cause a major restriction? I don't think so. Knock it through with a pin punch or a push rod like cab said and install a new one. I have found worse stuff in oil pans from perfectly good running engines twocents

Gus beer


Your suggestion made me think that doing so, one may be able to fish the piece with a small flexible Magnet, or a larger more powerful magnet on the bottom of the pan should grab the piece and allow one to pull it over to the DP opening wink
Myself, I'd either try the tap first or collapsing the side as previously suggested. Both have worked well for me over the years
beer




I would say if this idea is attempted, try, if your feeling lucky, to fish a thin wire (like TiG copper filler rod) thru the broken oil dip stick and out the drain plug, and if successful, punch the broken tube into the pan, put a small"hook" on the dip stick end of the wire, and carefully extract the wire and broken tube thru the oil plug hole....?????????
Another good idea, wink







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