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Getting A Good Dip Stick Reading??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by OffroadToy, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Nov 4, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    OffroadToy

    OffroadToy [OP] This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok

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    Am I the only one haveing trouble checking the oil level? I've had alot of vehicals over the years (including other Toyota's) and never had a problem reading a dip stick before. I've tried roughing it up with sandpaper but it doesn't seem to help. What's the secret with these dip sticks? I'm almost to the point of breaking out the metal etcher. :eek:
     
  2. Nov 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM
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    Dip stick is next to useless on the 4.0L
     
  3. Nov 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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    It's a little better if you take some sand paper to it, clean it off and then check. That gives it a little more surface to stick to.
     
  4. Nov 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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    OffroadToy

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    Update:
    After doing the sandpaper trick last year and still haveing trouble getting an accurate reading I decided to take it one step farther... Get a small round file and etch a "X" pattern across both sides from the end to about an inch past the fill dot. The oil level shows up great now!:)
     
  5. Nov 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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    I thought I was the only one having this problem. Now I don't feel so foolish :)
     
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