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Old 08-03-2019, 06:55 PM   #1
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O-ring size or part number for dipstick tube?

There was a thread or two around here about replacing the dipstick tube o-ring. Someone posted that you can go to Autozone and get a 1/4 inch OD o-ring for free etc., but that was years ago.

I just pulled my dipstick tube and the outer edge of the o-ring is a little nicked from struggling to get it out.

All I see for sale is the dipstick tube and not the o-ring. I have never been good at just sizing this sort of stuff up either.

Anyone have a part number or a strategy to make sure that I get the right I/D and O/D for a replacement o-ring? Almost risky enough to say just stick the old dipstick back in and see what happens.

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Old 08-04-2019, 09:01 AM   #2
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I got one of those universal multi size kits from Amazon and just picked the one that fit best and have not had issues with it. If you do something similar take the dip stick tube or the old o-ring to the auto part store and see what they have.
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Thanks for the idea. I appreciate it. I have o-rings laying around that are new which I have collected over the years. What does it feel like when the size is right? Is it a matter of look or feel? Also, how did you gauge the outer diameter without knowing how wide it should be? Should it be as wide as the dipstick?

Just asking because I have done what you have done in the past and failed once and I will carry that experience forever.
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Thanks for the idea. I appreciate it. I have o-rings laying around that are new which I have collected over the years. What does it feel like when the size is right? Is it a matter of look or feel? Also, how did you gauge the outer diameter without knowing how wide it should be? Should it be as wide as the dipstick?

Just asking because I have done what you have done in the past and failed once and I will carry that experience forever.
Well you have the old one still for reference? I got one that was tight still around the tube and enough rubber to seal it.
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Well you have the old one still for reference? I got one that was tight still around the tube and enough rubber to seal it.
I do, but read that the old o-ring might be distorted or swollen.

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I do, but read that the old o-ring might be distorted or swollen.
Right but is still a good reference to use when trying to find a new one. Sorry cant help more. I found one that fit the tube good and had enough rubber on it to seal in the block hole. I have a green rubber kit that is rated for AC lines (better life over temperatures and when in oil) and just used one of those.
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Thanks for that. I have o-rings from a few A/C projects. Will try this out.
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So I tried to put the dipstick back in with the old o-ring in place as to get a feel for it. I was shocked when I removed it to find that the o-ring was gone that quickly. There it was, ripped and laying on the garage floor.

I tried another A/C o-ring and the same thing happened.

I tried one that was a bit larger...took some work to get around the tube fitting and so far so good.

However, the dipstick feels loose now. It can turn side to side (no I am not going crazy turning it) and I can pull it straight out with ease.

Do you remember if that is the right feeling?

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Have you actually seated it all the way in so bthe slot for the bolt aligns with the threads on the head?

Sounds like it's not all the way engaged.
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Never stopped to think about that. Will check.
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