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Dipstick, Hard to Read

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mcgiiver, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Sep 6, 2009 at 11:57 AM
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    mcgiiver

    mcgiiver [OP] Well-Known Member

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    2009 4 cylinder. Try as I may, I can't figure where my oil level is. There is oil on the stick but it runs up the side with no clear line as to the level. I know how much oil I put in at the change, but don't know what's left after 4000 miles. This a is terribly designed dipstick.

    Has anyone figured out a what to modify the dipstick to make it easier to read?
     
  2. Sep 6, 2009 at 12:03 PM
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    squad314

    squad314 Thinks he's Steve McQueen

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    I too have never been able to get a definitive read on my stick......Same problem-high on one side not a plain straight line.
     
  3. Sep 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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    ilovetacos

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    Had the same problem with my 4.0-V6. So I took my dremel with a sanding tip and roughed up the tip of the dipstick up to the full line. Oil seems to stick on it now a little thicker making it easier to read.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2009 at 2:12 PM
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    squad314

    squad314 Thinks he's Steve McQueen

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    Thanks for the tip.:thumbsup:
     
  5. Sep 6, 2009 at 2:17 PM
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    Bearskill

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    Ya, I would say it's a pain in the ass to read. I was like you for a while. It deffinatly can be a pain to read. You get used to it though.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2009 at 2:57 PM
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    revhappyleon

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    just put 6 quarts in the L4 and keep an eye out for leaks
     
  7. Sep 7, 2009 at 9:04 PM
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    rngrchad

    rngrchad Yankee Oscar Tango Alpha

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    Your obviously not quite a McGiiver now are you.

    LOL...asking about reading a dipstick. Your nickname should be dipstick.
     
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