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How do I get the dipstick back in?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by txbartman, Oct 9, 2002.

  1. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    Okay, got the new motor installed in the truck. One problem, I forgot to put the dipstick in the block before putting it back in the rig. /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif Any recommendations for the easiest/best way to press the dipstick back into the block with it mounted in the rig?
     
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    Lightly tap the end with a hammer. It should slide in. I also put a dab of silicon on the end to help it seal.
     
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    Ho do you lightly tap on a curved end?
     
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    i have used a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer, and put some silicone on it to help slide and seal once it is seated, just hold it in place at the position you want and lightly tap it in, if it has a lip around where it seats in the block you can tap on it with a chisel or punch to set it once it gets seated
     
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    You didnt say it was curved. The ones I had were all strait. If you cant get it by twisting and pushing I dont know what to tell you. Maybe go buy a chrome strait one from the parts store. A few $'s.
     
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    Try and slide a bolt down the tube so that the head covers the tube when seated,then tap on that. That way you won't distort the end if you want to give a little more persuasion. BTW, I LMAO seeing your post just in front of the "i gotta ? about women". I gotta grow up......
     
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    There should be a collar (bulged metal ring) on the dipstick down where it goes into the block. I use a piece of brass (hard but softer than the dipstick metal) and place an edge agaist the collar and hit the brass with a hammer, hitting a different spot each time, this drives the dipstick in with minimal marking of the dipstick surface.
     
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    If it has the buldge Leadfoot was describing, put a 1/2" (I think that is the right size) open end wrench above it but resting on it. Tap on the wrench "teeth" with a hammer.
     
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    alec78: That sounds like a good way to do it. I will have to give it a try next time.
     
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    I was thinkin the same thing..... That question sounds kinda personal for a 4x4 webpage. lol. /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     

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