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DROPPING OIL Dipstick IN THE TANK

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I dropped my oil dipstick into the oil tank ? what should I do ? Should i get my car to the mechanic to get it out from my oil tank or should i keep it inside and by another new one ?

If i keep it inside the oil tank is it going to damage my engine ???

any one have this experience before ??

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You might want to do a search but from what I have read here it's not such a big deal, just embarrassing. Buy a new one.
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See answers interlaced below.

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hello

I dropped my oil dipstick into the oil tank ? what should I do ?

Fish it out yourself... Btw magnet does not work


Should i get my car to the mechanic to get it out from my oil tank or should i keep it inside and by another new one ?

No for the mechanic unless you don't care about your money, yes it can stay there and if you can not fish it out buy another one.

If i keep it inside the oil tank is it going to damage my engine ???

No but it may hinder the oil level guage witch should not be rely upon anyway.

any one have this experience before ??

Yes and its probably a large "silent" club

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I knew a guy in the Porsche club who bought a used SC. He dropped his in, and when he fished it out he discovered there was already another one in there
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I knew a guy in the Porsche club who bought a used SC. He dropped his in, and when he fished it out he discovered there was already another one in there
That made me laugh!
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Sense they are all most worthless....Just leave it there....If you have cam oil restrictors installed...the gauge now will tell you the truth ! (least works for me)
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Just take it out and put it in your spare parts box.
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There's a thick steel screen like baffle about halfway down inside the oil tank that will stop the dipstick from falling all the way to the bottom.
Just get another dipstick for now and someday if you ever remove the oil tank to clean it out and maybe paint it you can get the dipstick out by moving the tank around until you can reach it from the hole where the oil level sending unit goes.

The cork gasket under the sending unit is the same one that goes under the gas tank sending unit and they're about $4.
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I knew a guy in the Porsche club who bought a used SC. He dropped his in, and when he fished it out he discovered there was already another one in there
I thought it only occurred to me - member of the silent club... LOL!
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Ha! Well I won't admit to doing it myself but... a few years into my first 911 I angered the porsche gods trying to avoid another Exxon Valdez in my driveway. I slipped Jiffy Lube $10 to do the oil (using my own oil, filter, new washers). Had to totally micro-manage the guy. For a finish - coup de grace - the kid dropped the dip stick into the oil tank.

Thing is, it only fell down about 4-5 inches and we fished it back out with a piece of bent wire. Now I wonder if there's already one down there?

Would be interesting to see the count of 911 : 911 dipsticks.
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I think the record is held by a guy who wrote into Excellence a long time ago, said HE alone dropped 2, and there were a few in there. In total (not at one time) he was guilty of 3 or 4 drops himself, and 2 or three from PO's. His can had more rods in its dirty hole than a 5 dollar working girl.....I'm sorry, was that too much? I hope not )

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