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Old 06-17-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Dipstick tube/guide installation

Ok, I've searched all over the net for help regarding this issue. But I just replaced the oil pan gasket, and put everything back together. only problem is, I can't but he freaking dipstick tube back in! when I say I can't, I mean it seems as if I can't position it so that it is perpendicular to the oil pan hole. So fat I have the MAF, air filter box, upper air boot out. What else do I need to do to get that freaking thing out! I had one suggestion to insert it in the pan before I bolt the oil pan back in. I really, really , REALLY, don't want to remove the pan again as it was a pain in the !@# to take out in the first place. Does anyone have any pictures or feedback on how they got they oil dipstick tube re-inserted into the oil pan!

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Old 06-18-2014, 04:42 AM   #2
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It can be difficult. I had success using petroleum jelly as a lube, just make sure the o-ring is positioned properly and your angle is correct. It took several tries for me, some go right back in, be patient.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:12 AM   #3
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Thanks davidmaria1. I'll take your word for it and give a few more shots.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:26 AM   #4
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I think the O ring needs to be in the engine when reinstalling the dipstick.


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Old 06-18-2014, 07:47 AM   #5
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Is it? Because I read so many threads recommending the I put the order ring in the dipstick first.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:08 AM   #6
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I will be removing and cleaning out my dipstick guide tube in a week or two as preventative maintenance. Any tips on doing this? I had a hard time removing it out when I did my CCV and ended up skipping it.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:00 AM   #7
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Ha. tell me about that o-ring. Took me a day to figure it out. Most difficult part of replacing oil pan gasket.

This is what I've done and worked.

1. pull out guide tube from oil pan, remove o-ring
2. place o-ring on guide tube about mid way
3. insert guide tube to oil pan until oil pan meets the o-ring, don't force it any further
4. go under the car (should be under already), and drive the o-ring with small flat head screw driver. just poke at it little by little so the o-ring can go into oil pan
5. at the time of poking and driving, pull guide tube as well so it can be seated.
6. check mounting spot (that hex bolt) for guide tube if it's aligned.
7. come back to this post and thank me.

Oh and lube o-ring with little bit of engine oil helps too.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:39 AM   #8
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Mine came right out, and went right back in when I was doing my CCV. First check the obvious and make sure it didn't accidentally get bent somehow. Second, the angle in which you install it is important. First time I did it I have the tube leaning too far forward (towards the front of the car). Make sure the part that goes into the pan is at a 90 degree angle.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:45 AM   #9
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I never had any problem re-installing my dipstick with a new o-ring...? Just put some motor oil on the o-ring, installed the o-ring onto the dipstick and wiggled/pushed it back into place. The car was up on ramps with lots of stuff removed for easy access: air intake tubes, air box, CCV, wires, splash shield, etc.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:57 AM   #10
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My experience is the same as LeMansteve.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:35 PM   #11
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Hmm, I'm not sure why mine is such a pain. I assume your engines are m54 so I don't understand why is it difficult to reinstall that little sob. I'll give it a shot today.
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Eh, I have the M52TU. Not much different in this case. I also put oil on the entire tube from the O-ring down. It should drop straight in, but also make sure the wires and hoses that attach to the dipstick tube aren't inhibiting the reinstallation.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:10 PM   #13
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Hmm, I'm not sure why mine is such a pain. I assume your engines are m54 so I don't understand why is it difficult to reinstall that little sob. I'll give it a shot today.
Yes, M54. No major issues.
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Ditto again .... M54.
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I think there may be an issue with some people getting an O-ring that is too thick??

Not sure if this O-ring comes with the Oil Pan gasket set or if the O-ring is being purchased separately.

I also think there are people that do not remove the old O-ring and create problems.

OP, where did this O-ring come from that you are currently using?
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:49 PM   #16
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I think there may be an issue with some people getting an O-ring that is too thick??

Not sure if this O-ring comes with the Oil Pan gasket set or if the O-ring is being purchased separately.

I also think there are people that do not remove the old O-ring and create problems.

OP, where did this O-ring come from that you are currently using?

I bought a new one. Don't know where is the original, but of I have to make a bet,I'd say the Bmw dealer's mechanic didn't put it back when he replaced my ccv 4 years ago.
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So you're sure there wasn't one already on there when you put the new one on?
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:39 PM   #18
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So you're sure there wasn't one already on there when you put the new one on?
I'm more than sure that there was not an o-ring. Unless it fell somewhere and I didn't notice it.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:19 PM   #19
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k, well I got the tube in. While I was trying to stick the stupid thing in the pan, I had this crazy idea of sticking my finger inside the pan hole to see if anything is clogging it (despite the fact that I Cleaned the entire pan), and guess what ? I found none other than the dumb old o-ring there and that's why I couldn't stick the dang thing in!

Sorry for wasting your time, but thanks again for all your attempts to help.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:19 PM   #20
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Thanks for posting the solution, I'm doing this Friday, and you had me a little worried, as your post wasn't the first one I've read with issues on the install. It was the first one with a solution

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