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      09-15-2018, 06:50 PM   #45
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Mine turns about 1/2 turn on the way in and out.
I don't argue with it. I let it turn whichever way it comes out/goes in easiest.
The o-ring on mine always swell or sticks to the tube that it takes quite a bit of force to break it loose - does yours do the same?
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Why yes, yes it does. I think it adheres to the sides of the tube. I have to press my thumb against the air box to get enough force.
Once I yank it out it goes in and out fairly easily for that oil check. A week later it's stuck again.
I've had limited success with Lithium or Silicone grease. Helps for a little while, but not for long.
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Iím a little bit worried the sticking dipstick is related to the tip breaking off.
I.e. its not the rubber o-rings sticking, its the tip.
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Iím a little bit worried the sticking dipstick is related to the tip breaking off.
I.e. its not the rubber o-rings sticking, its the tip.
I 99% sure this isn't the case. As StickMon said, once broken loose, it goes in and out fairly easily for that oil check. Then it's stuck again a week later. It wouldn't act this way if the tip was the culprit.
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Hmm, yes you may be right. But take a second close look at the tip in the last picture. The only place the plastic is damaged is at the very top end. The rest looks mint. This make me belive its catching an edge. Maybe its because rising engine temps expand the stick making it reach a ledge and get caught?

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I got my replacement dipstick today and the new one has the same issue.

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Hmm, yes you may be right. But take a second close look at the tip in the last picture. The only place the plastic is damaged is at the very top end. The rest looks mint. This make me belive its catching an edge. Maybe its because rising engine temps expand the stick making it reach a ledge and get caught?
This is also a possibility - hence my 99% confidence level on my previous comment But the fact that StickMon had limited success with Lithium or Silicone grease and that it did helped for a little while longer provides more proofs the sticking is due to the o-rings. With that said, I'm still more comfortable if I can find a stick that doesn't have an add-on tip at the end of it.
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Could the breaking of the tip be from not pulling the dipstick straight out for the entire length? If you pull the tip out with the rod at an angle, I can imagine that would put some undue stress on where the rod goes into the plastic tip.
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Two separate issues.
The O-ring sticking is just an annoyance.
The plastic tip gets stressed going around the bends in the tube.
It will eventually break off, especially as the plastic degrades from heat and age.
Mine seems to come out and go in easier with a half turn during the process.
Hopefully that puts less stress on the tip, but it will eventually break off.

You can see the crack in polar's last picture. Need to keep an eye out for that early sign.
If ECS ever gets their stick the right length, keep in mind that their tip is crimped to the cable.
Hopefully they do a good job of that. Word around is that the magnet in their oil drain plug falls out.
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Before my tip broke off it showed no signs of weakness. I did, however, take it out for a while and left the short ESC dipstick in. Then when I went to check the stock dipstick that's when the tip broke off inside. Maybe keeping the stock dipstick in the engine helps and taking it out for any extended duration hurts? All I know is I'm not ever putting that plastic bit back in. ESC says "Your estimated delivery date is: October 29 - 31" and while this has taken so long I've bought a house in the interim, I'm holding out for their dipstick.


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