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Old 01-25-2011, 20:17   #1 (permalink)
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OEM Oil Dipstick

I need a favor. I just bought a 95 T-Bird w/ 4.6 and I went to check the oil and it isn't showing any oil on the dipstick. There is no knocking in the engine or anything. I checked the oil and it has what looks like to me, an aftermarket dipstick. It's like a cable with a weighted bottom... don't really know how else to describe it.

Anyway, it doesn't look like an OEM Ford dipstick and I'm wondering if it's just too short and that is why it's not showing on the dipstick.

Could somebody take a picture of a factory dipstick for me?
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Old 01-25-2011, 20:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: OEM Oil Dipstick

The easiest thing you could do is change the oil and filter, add 5qts, run the engine then shut it off for a few mins. Then check the mark.

I'll see if I can find a pic somewhere
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Old 01-25-2011, 21:31   #3 (permalink)
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Re: OEM Oil Dipstick

Im not really sure how your dipstick is set up, but here is what I did once.

I looked up the vehicle's oil capacity, and filled it with new filter the exact amount. I put the dipstick in, and it didnt register. So, I shortened the dipstick tube by cutting it one little bit at a time until it registered at the mark. It was perfection I tell ya. Most aftermarket dipstick tubes are modifyable in this way. So, If you can cut and reattach this thing like that then I would definitely do that. Getting the OEM dipstick is going to be hard unless you find a junkyard with it. But I would just modify the one you have and call it a day.
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Old 01-25-2011, 21:33   #4 (permalink)
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Re: OEM Oil Dipstick

Thanks for the replies, guys. Good ideas. I would still like to see a factory dipstick though.. just to know.
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:05   #5 (permalink)
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Re: OEM Oil Dipstick

The problem is that someone might have put the wrong tube in and the proper dipstick won't read right.
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