Ford F-350 Engine Dip Stick: Common Issues and Some of the Possible Causes
The engine dip stick of your Ford F-350 is a very important part of your car because it shows your vehicle's engine oil level. Aside from that, it also helps you determine the quality of the engine oil. If you notice that your truck's engine dip stick is starting to show signs of malfunction, then you have to do some troubleshooting immediately. Otherwise, your car might be in a very deep trouble. Here's a list of some of the problems you might encounter:
Engine dip stick broken in half
If your Ford F-350 engine dip stick broke inside the dip stick holder, then the broken part that remained inside can be really difficult to remove. However, if the piece that broke off is shorter than four inches, then it might have fallen straight into your vehicle's oil drain pan. To check the broken part inside the dip stick holder, you need to use a telescoping magnet pickup tool. Once you've inserted the pickup tool all the way down the holder, you should feel a slight tug to know that the magnet has connected with the broken part of the dip stick. If you didn't feel anything, then you have to get an oil bucket and remove the oil drain plug to get the broken part of the dipstick.
Bent engine dip stick
A bent engine dip stick can be very difficult to insert back in the dip stick holder. If you try and force it to slide in, it may kink further and eventually break. You can try to straighten it back into its straight shape with a heat gun. You need to apply heat across the length of the engine dip stick slowly. However, if you don't have a heat gun or don't know how to use one correctly, you should buy a new dip stick instead.
No oil visible on the dipstick
There can be two reasons why there's no oil on your car's dipstick after you have pulled it out. The first one is the inadequate amount of engine oil inside. The second is the improper way of inserting the engine dip stick into the dip stick holder. You should be aware that it's very dangerous if there's no oil in the dip stick. You should be ready to refill the engine with the right amount of oil or the car will be severely damaged. But before you do that, try to insert the dip stick correctly and check if you can already see oil on the dipstick.