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Old May 28th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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How can i get my broken dip stick out (no rude comments)

My dip stick has broken the top came off and now i can not get it out any ideas how i can get this out. Yes i am sure you all have some comment to make but please i have to guess the oil level at moment. Thank you. Gill
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Hi Gemm,
Not sure how much you can see of the dipstick but you may be able to buy some long nosed pliers which you could use to pull the dipstick out if you can see enough of it.

The other option is to remove the bumper and pull the radiator to one side and take the actual tube in which the dipstick slides into off the engine block - all depends how comfatable you feel with removing the bits - they are pretty easy to take off.

hope this helps.
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my first question is how old is the car and is it still under warranty?
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The car is an 02 and it is not under warranty
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Thanks the car is an 02 and it not uner warranty any more
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Not sure if my husband would want to do it but can ask a friend. Thanks for your help
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how much of the dip stick can you see? could you attach the end to the top of dipstick, if so you could get some fast drying glue and maybe pull it lout that way?
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Here is a schematic if you have to remove the tube.
Good luck.

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I had the same issue with my '05 MCS last month. I was able to pull out my broken dipstick using a "grabber tool" I had in my tool box ($2.49 at the local tool store). The grabber tool ends needed to be modified with some needle nose pliers. If you take the pliers and gently bend the claws at the tips inward so that they point back inward toward the center you will have a pretty effective claw for for grasping the broken dip stick to pull it out. You will have to visualize a bit from the drawing.

I didn't have to remove the oil pan or remove the front end. A pretty simple procedure that took a little patience but in the end worked and the broken dipstick was pulled out - see attached photos
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Peepers was absolutely right. I had already decided that stripping the front off and getting behind the radiator was a bit of a serious job for this and on asking the local dealership they said to try removing the sump and pulling the dipstick out from the other end. But this also looked like a big job, or at least one I would rather avoid.

Hence, I had the same idea and bought one of the grabber tools for less than 3 in the UK from eBay.

HOWEVER, on first attempt I was not getting enough grip on the jammed end of the dipstick and was beginning to give up until I read Peepers post. YOU SAVED MY SANITY, since by bending the ends of the tools back as you kindly drew, and with a lot of patience, I eventually got the blasted thing out.

This is clearly something BMW should correct since if the dipsticks were made of steel wire I don't think they would break so easily. Obviously a common problem.

My advice to anyone:

- replace you dipstick as soon as it starts to look warn on the part that bends in the tube.
If it does snap off:
- buy the tool
- bend the ends carefully as Peepers describes, but be careful since the ends of my cheap tool kept snapping!
- then pure perseverance. Just think of the job you are saving yourself if you get it out this way!!!

Good luck.
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