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> Dip Stick snapped off in Oil tank
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post Aug 17 2022, 07:07 PM
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Hello,

I have been away for too long, anyhow I noticed a puddle of oil under car, pulled dip stick out put it back in , pulled it out and the last part of the Stick was gone. must have been 50 years of metal fatigue. Question is whats it going to take to get it out of the tank?

it is a /6 tank

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post Aug 17 2022, 07:15 PM
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You can’t try a magnetic retrieval tool. They are a couple dollars at flaps.
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post Aug 17 2022, 07:23 PM
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QUOTE(mepstein @ Aug 17 2022, 06:15 PM) *

You can’t try a magnetic retrieval tool. They are a couple dollars at flaps.

that was my thought, figured I would pick it up in the middle and pull off magnet as I pulled it back out.

I will have to give it some attempts.

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post Aug 17 2022, 07:36 PM
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How long a piece broke off?
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post Aug 17 2022, 07:36 PM
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QUOTE(G e o r g e @ Aug 17 2022, 05:23 PM) *

QUOTE(mepstein @ Aug 17 2022, 06:15 PM) *

You can’t try a magnetic retrieval tool. They are a couple dollars at flaps.

that was my thought, figured I would pick it up in the middle and pull off magnet as I pulled it back out.

I will have to give it some attempts.



Probably pull the tank and clean out anyway.
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post Aug 17 2022, 09:51 PM
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QUOTE(mb911 @ Aug 18 2022, 01:36 PM) *

QUOTE(G e o r g e @ Aug 17 2022, 05:23 PM) *

QUOTE(mepstein @ Aug 17 2022, 06:15 PM) *

You can’t try a magnetic retrieval tool. They are a couple dollars at flaps.

that was my thought, figured I would pick it up in the middle and pull off magnet as I pulled it back out.

I will have to give it some attempts.



Probably pull the tank and clean out anyway.

Now that is a crappy thing to happen (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif) ,best to remove the tank filler pipe assembly as the broken piece could be stuck in there or it has fallen into the tank so Ben's answer is the only way to go,its a PITA but cleaning the tank is a good thing to do anyway .
Lots of crap can build up in the lowest point of the tank and cause corrosion ,my factory tank had been repaired in that area and was pleased to see it was done very well.
Good luck.
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post Aug 18 2022, 05:41 AM
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On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt anything. I’ve seen plenty of 911 oil tanks with pieces of dip sticks in them. It doesn’t go anywhere.
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post Aug 18 2022, 08:46 AM
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Doesn’t the factory tank have a brazed in screen about halfway down the tank? I thought I remember this ring the case. If so it shouldn’t makes it’s way to the filter console or pick up. Just remember the screen is there if fishing with a magnet. You don’t want to push that magnet and break the screen. Again, if I’m remembering correctly the screen seemed fragile.
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post Aug 19 2022, 08:04 AM
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From what I've read a magnet wont stick to the dipstick.
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post Aug 19 2022, 10:29 AM
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QUOTE(mepstein @ Aug 18 2022, 04:41 AM) *

On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt anything. I’ve seen plenty of 911 oil tanks with pieces of dip sticks in them. It doesn’t go anywhere.


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If you can't get the piece out, shouldn't hurt anything.
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post Aug 19 2022, 11:55 AM
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The dipstick tube extends down through the screen.
There are magnets that have long spring-like extensions.
Take the filler neck off and aim the magnet through the hole in the screen. The line of
sight might be too difficult in the car but worth a try.
You might have to lay across the trunk lid to get a good view.


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