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Old 09-08-2019, 02:52 PM
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Thumbs down Dipstick not reading correctly

Can someone please give me some ideas as to why in the world I can't get an accurate reading on this dipstick? I recently replaced ALL timing chain components (gears, chains, guides and tentioners), front crank seal, gaskets and orings. New water pump and all that good stuff... The dipstick was reinserted all the way in and clicked into place, little Y shaped bracket was installed with TOP facing up and small nut was bolted back down. I'm getting only a small amount on the tip of the dipstick and then small sections up the rest of the stick. Scanned the car, absolutely no codes except for the oil level sensor and a code for an unrelated and unimportant sensor. With the level sensor not working, I cannot tell how much oil is in it after it had leaked. Planning on replacing the sensor next weekend but don't want to drive it till then. Any ideas? I have also tried searching but every time I click search it instantly closes and doesn't let me type into the search field. Google doesn't help either... Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-08-2019, 03:23 PM
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Silly question I realize, but after all of the work you noted, are you sure it just doesn't need topped off?
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:30 PM
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That's the thing I can't figure out. I put 8 quarts in it originally, it leaked from the valve cover gasket rear corners (not much) and it leaked from the drain plug. It didn't seem to have leaked out much considering the small amount on the ground. I torqued plug to 18ft lbs then added 1/2 quart and still no reading. I then added another 1/2 quart and then I get the weird reading I'm getting now... Tip is covered then only one side of the middle is coated and the top is sort of spotty. I've tried reading it several different times parked at different angles as well. I know I'll have to wait until I drain it to see exactly how much is in it. I was just hoping someone else has had this issue and that there was one silly thing I just haven't thought of.
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Old 09-08-2019, 11:20 PM
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Old 09-13-2019, 10:12 PM
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Apparently I've had a good leak from the dipstick tube. It was shockingly low about 3&1/2 quarts. Anyone know the size of the # 13 washer in this link? I found it for sale but it's $8 and that seems excessive. I would like to buy it locally at a store if I could get the sizing.

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Number 13 i grayed out which indicates it is not applicable for your vehicle. I find the #14 washer for $5.50 on Turner and a few others. Typically 6.26.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:08 AM
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Ok so that makes sense as to why it didn't have the washer on it already. Thank you jcp240z. So apparently the oring is just no longer good. I found another online and purchased it already. 15mm x 25mm.
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