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Engine Dipstick Tube Broke! ( replacement options and how to advice please)

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  1. James Nguyen

    James Nguyen Technology Will Rule The World One Day

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    Ok so in this image you will see that the dipstick tube broke, Thanks to me being an idiot trying to get the dipstick unstuck. Anyways i ordered a new assembly threw ford, is it just a tube i slide back in like the old one was ( give or take Some forcing it all the way in)?

    How would i go about replacing it properly.

    here is how it snapped, i have removed what was left in the there so nothing but the hole now.

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    If you got the broken end out of the block - you are either really goood, or lucky. Sometimes they only come out if driven up from inside the crankcase, using a flat faced 'drift'.
    What I would do to replace one: Clean the oil off the block as much as I could, also from the new dipstick, and putting a little 'collar' of Permatex RTV gasket maker, like Ultra Black, onto the dipstick just below the enlarged ring. Then shoving it back down into the block. If it wont go in smoothly, you might want to file the outside of the new dipstick tube slightly, but not much. You can rotate it slightly to help it go in. The enlarged ring on the dipstick keeps its at the correct installed height.
    The early 2nd gen Escorts had the dipstick coming up to the passenger side of the intake manifold. The later 2nd gens had it coming up between the 2nd and 3rd intake manifold inlet tubes. There it clipped into a small sheet metal support. You can probably drive the car right away, though the RTV will fully cure in 20 hours.
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    Thanks for the help, Yey i just got under it and grabbed it with vice grips and played with it for about 30 min, until it all came out. It was bit of a pain but i got it. haha. I appreciate the helpful info. So you saying it should just go right down into the hole? Because i was worried about maby its a twist in or something.
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    Nope - just a snug slide-in. Thats assuming no burrs on the end of the new tube.
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    Exactly how do I shove the dipstick back into place. I am having difficulty doing this. I am working on a 1995LX with the tube between the 2nd and 3rd intake manifold tubes.
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    What I do, if it wont slide back down easily, is to file away some of its diameter, using either emery cloth or a flat file. This might amount to just getting rid of the coating of paint on it. Then to seal it up, I put a slather of Permatex RTV Ultra Black on the upper half inch of where it fits into the bloc.

    Incidentally I am having a problem with my 94LX wagon, having an idle so slow that it stalls, at any traiff stop if I dont give the gas pedal little nudges. See my posting in the 2nd gen forum.
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    I am thinking that I can't get the tube in at the correct angle or orientation. It came out easily, but the cylinder head was out.
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    I am not finding this post.
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