How to Remove and Replace a Broken Engine Dip Stick Tube
Your engine dip stick tube may wear and tear after a significant amount of time and usage. It is an advantage if you know how to remove and replace it on your own, rather than going to a repair shop that will charge you expensive fees. Here's a guide on how to remove and replace your engine dip stick tube.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Socket wrench and extension
- Short flathead screwdriver
- 10 mm socket
- Torx T30 bit socket
- Phillips screwdriver
- Rubber gloves
- Safety glasses
Step 1: Wear your rubber gloves to protect your hands from oils and chemicals. Use your safety glasses to prevent oils and chemical to get in contact with your eyes. Make sure to work in well-ventilated area and not directly under the sunlight.
Step 2: Before disconnecting your battery, make sure to turn off the ignition. By doing so, you are decreasing the percentage of experiencing lethal electrical charge and flammable gas. Remember to disconnect the negative battery terminal only. Use a wrench and appropriate size of the socket, and then turn them counter clockwise. Do not let the positive terminal touch any metal part of your vehicle. Disconnecting your battery will make it safer to perform tasks on your vehicle.
Step 3: Using a short flathead screwdriver, remove the belly pan dowel pin screws located on the front and sides of the belly pan. You only need a visual access to the dipstick tube connection, so it's not necessary to disengage the rear of the belly pan.
Step 4: Disconnect the dipstick tube from the top of the mount by using a Phillips screwdriver.
Step 5: You also need to remove the front passenger-side headlight by using a Torx T30 bit socket. Disengage the headlight from the frame and headlight mount, and pull the headlight from its mount. From there, you can have an access to the bottom dipstick tube engine mount.
Step 6: Disconnect the dipstick tube by disengaging the coil pack wiring harness connector from the engine block. You need to use your 10 mm socket to remove the hex bolt that connects the dipstick tube to the bottom of the engine mount. Now, to reach the bolt from the engine's front, use a socket extension.
Step 7: Make sure that the dipstick tube has been freed from the lower and upper mounts before removing it. To remove the tube from the block, carefully twist and lift the tube up. You will see the o-ring washer at the bottom of the dipstick—take extra care not to damage it.
Step 8: It's now time to remove the old and broken engine oil dipstick. Check if there are any portions of the old engine oil dipstick that remain in the tube. Use the new dipstick to remove them.
Step 9: In order for you to reattach the dipstick tube, you just need to reverse the removal steps.
Step 10: Install the new oil dipstick.
The whole process may take just an hour or two. You just need to be patient and enthusiastic while doing this job.