Problems Related With the Audi TT Oil Dipstick
The most basic bit of car maintenance in the book is engine oil care. It's the easiest maintenance exercise to practice. Doing this will also certainly increase the life of the engine. However, car owners check the engine oil to keep it from getting low. Why not take a look at the instrument that lets you do that? Your oil dipstick is the simple device that shows you if the engine oil level and condition is at the optimum level. This is important because overfilled, dirty or contaminated oil can be almost dangerous. Below are some of the problems that involve the oil dipstick.
Broken due to rust and corrosion
Oil dipsticks fitted in your Audi TT are made of thin sheet metal that can get damaged overtime due to rust and corrosion. You must always remember that the oil dipstick is situated right in the heart of the engine where all the magic happens. And by magic, that means all the pressure, combustion, and equally high-stress processes. In the middle of it all, the oil dipstick is stuck there, unprotected. So expect it to break once in a while.
This isn't really a problem that is connected with the oil dipstick. However, this could be effectively figured out with none other than by the oil dipstick itself. Since the oil dipstick is the only thing that takes a reading of the level and condition of the engine oil, it's the only thing that can say if the engine is overfilled with oil. Overfilling the engine with oil isn't necessarily a bad thing. But oil is a very active component in the combustion of fuel and it can spew out of the engine through the oil dipstick. This can make the engine look messy and smell bad. At some point, it may even damage other car parts like the dipstick.
This problem is closely related to that of overfilling in terms of the resulting problem it delivers, but the main difference is the cause. When your engine becomes an oil-spurting machine even if the engine isn't overfilled with oil, then that means there's too much pressure in the crankcase. Oil can travel upwards and exit from the dipstick opening if there's too much pressure.
Improve Audi TT Performance Thru Oil Dipstick Maintenance
The oil dipstick located in the heart of your Audi TT engine shows the level of engine oil it has left. Overtime, the oil dipstick may break as a result of rust and corrosion; or due to excessive engine vibration. Dipsticks are made mostly out of metal, and maintaining won't require overly complicated tools, just simple procedures. Here are those easy-to-do oil dipstick maintenance practices.
Fix the broken dipstick.
Fixing a broken oil dipstick might sound unconventional since procuring a new oil dipstick would be very easy. In addition, it saves you the hassle of putting together the right tools. But if you wish to know this simple trick and save money by using the tools you already have at home, then follow these. Clean the dipstick's surface with soap and dry with rag. Afterwards, sand the metal with a fine-grit sandpaper until the metal has been resurfaced. To put the two halves together, apply a generous amount of metal epoxy. Once it hardens, smooth out the dried epoxy with sandpaper.
Blow oil out of dipstick.
This is a particularly helpful practice when the engine gets overfilled with engine oil. To do this, you must locate the drain plug first. Let a little bit of oil out then check the oil level with the dipstick from time to time. You must release more oil if the reading tells you that there's still too much oil above the indicator line. Failure to do so will endanger your engine from oil spills. Re-screw the plug once the oil level normalizes.
Remove broken dipstick.
Perhaps the trickiest thing to do out of the three, removing bits of the broken dipstick inside the engine is not necessarily a walk in the park. However, it could be done properly with the right tool. For this one, you're going to need a telescoping magnetic tool. Insert that into the oil dipstick holder. Move that in and around the tube. Once you feel a slight pull, that means the broken dipstick has connected successfully. If that doesn't work, try to get it from the other side, the oil drain pan. Flush the engine of oil fully then yank it out by hand or with the magnet.