Rick's Free Auto Repair Advice

Dipstick tube comes out of engine

Dipstick tube pulls out of engine

Volkswagen has switched to plastic dipstick tubes in some of its vehicles. After some time, engine heat degrades the plastic and a simple oil level check can result in the entire dipstick tube coming off with the dipstick. This can be a labor intensive repair. Here’s a way to avoid premature tube failure: Grasp the dipstick tube with one hand and hold it in place while you pull out the dipstick. Hey, I didn’t design the thing!


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