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Old 06-24-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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What's wrong with this dipstick?

Not complaining, but:
this dipstick in my Tacoma is the biggest POS oil dipstick I have ever seen! I just can't read that darn thing, the oil is all over the stick.
Has anybody found a way to read this thing reliably (like in every try)? Every car I have ever owned it was easy to read, and so is the one in my wife's current Passat. But this Tacoma one ....
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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Roughen up the the bottom with sand paper. It helps a bit.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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I always check oil in the morning before I start the truck, that way the oil is cold and tends to stick to the dip stick a little better. Since the truck hasn't been run the only oil on the stick it what is sticking in the pan.
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Same problem here. After about 15 tries I can sometime get a descent reading.
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Same problem here. After about 15 tries I can sometime get a descent reading.

15 tries only? You got to be my hero!
Wondering when there will be a TSB for that shit!
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:54 PM   #6
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I always check oil in the morning before I start the truck, that way the oil is cold and tends to stick to the dip stick a little better. Since the truck hasn't been run the only oil on the stick it what is sticking in the pan.
Yep. I really do think that this is the only solution that works.
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