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Old Jun 4th, 2014, 11:45 AM
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Broken Dipstick in guide tube cheap fix

Hi, I thought I would share my experience with regards retrieving a broken dipstick from the guide tube.
I was checking my oil even know I knew the dipstick was weakened due to its poor design I continued to use it and the inevitable happened and it broke in my hand leaving 3/4 of it in the guide tube.
I took my mini to 2 garage who attempted to remove using long nose pliers but the pliers closed before you could even get a grip on the remaining dipstick. So I was left with a dilema remove the guide tube or remove the sump both jobs were quoted to me at around £300-400. Of course I said no and so went about trying to think of a way to remove it myself. First research the internet and I found that a cheap grabbing tool could work and has worked in the past, however very time consuming and you need the paitence of a saint. So my method involved a pair of long industrial tweezers and a resin glue ( see photo).
At first I used the tweezers which are narrower than pliers to inch the dipstick up he tube this took about 40 attemps to move it about an inch, then I applied a strong adhesive resin to the inside of the tweezers, inserted the tweezers into the guide tube onto either of the dipstick, waited 5 mins until it set and hey presto the dipstick came flying out no problems.
In all the whole thing took about 1hour and most importantly saved me £330-400 from the robbing garages.

I hope this helps someone as it could save you alot of time and money.
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A brilliant bit of out-of-the-box thinking...well done!
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Well done, thanks for sharing!
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Well done, thanks for sharing!

No problems at all I hope it helps someone, as I have read that some individuals have paid the £300 plus to remove the sump when you dont need to. In most of the cases I have seen the dipstick breaks at the same point so it can be done and saves you alot of money.

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