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I am having a hard time removing the oil dipstick tube on my '97 Ford Escort 2.0 SPI. I want to remove it to re-seat it in the hole the dipstick tube goes into. As of right now it sits about an inch to high to connect it to the intake manifold like it should be. I am pretty sure this is giving me incorrect oil level readings. WHen the engine is 'full' of oil it appears that it is a quart low. Also on the backside of the motor where it connects to the block it looks like there is a lip that is about an inch away from where it would meet the block. There is no leak or anything where the tube goes into the block so it must be sealed up well enough. I assume this tube should be able to go down to the lip and it would line up well with the intake mounting spot. Is there any sort of trick to this?
 

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Be careful the top of tube and bottom piece are brazed together right where you see that lip. I broke mine when putting a new head on. Found one at junkyard. If it is straight it should slide in relatively easy.. I found an open end wrench that fits over the tube but not the lip and tapped it home with a small hammer.Hope this helps you
 

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You say you are wanting to remove it, correct? Obviously, you don't want to crush the top of the tube. I have had to remove tubes before and I find a bolt that fits nicely into top of tube works well. Then gently use vice grips to to work and twist it up. Therefore not crushing the tube while working it out. I hope that is what you meant.
 

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Ok, my objective is really just to get the tube in all the way, if I don't have to remove it that would be fine (not a big deal either though). Thanks for the ideas I really appreciate it.
 
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