dip stick

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  1. holmesy

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    hi all , just bought a 1998 fiat ducato 1.9td with swift sundance back body,it was a private sale and I noticed the engine oil dipstick was missing ,the owner thinks he'd misplaced it whilst checking the oil recently , so I took a chance on it thinking I could source a new one from a local dealer , only to be told that they're no longer available , tried ebay etc but no joy. Any help to source one would be appreciated,thanks jeff.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    As a last resort you could modify any dipstick which is too long but will fit the hole and make a seal.

    All it will cost is the stick and an oil change.

    Change the oil and filter, using the exact amount stated in the handbook or online, run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the oil then let stand for an hour.

    Insert the new stick as far as it will go then measure and cut off the excess length.

    Dip again and mark the oil level with a hacksaw cut
    Allow an extra inch then cut off the end.
    Mark the stick 1/2" to 3/4" below the first mark.

    The 1/2" 3/4" mark will only be a rough guide minimum level but better to top up early than risk the low level getting too low.

    The second option is scour the scrap yards....theres bound to be a similar model van somewhere.
     
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    Sounds a bit of a tall story mate. Is the oil not blowing out??
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    I would expect some to be thrown out.

    Easier to be pushed up the dip tube than through the crankcase filter.
     
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    My thoughts, John, are is there so much crank case pressure that the stick has been blown out?? Seen it before a few times.
     
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  6. holmesy

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    hi pappajohn that's a great idea , I will go with that if I have no joy finding a direct replacement, cheers.
    hi tootles ,yes the oil is blowing out but only had to drive 5 miles to get it home ,I've stuck a bit of cloth in it for now and trying not to use it untill I get sorted.
     
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    Pity you are so far away, last time I was at the scrappies having a nosey (looking for a decent interior light for the car boot) There were a couple of vans there Ducato, and the Citroen version
     
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    I clicked when i saw "dipstick"
    But will now leave as there is nothing about "lipstick".....:xwink:

    :rofl::rofl:
     
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