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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Jul-03-2018, 12:29:30 AM   #1
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Default Dipstick...unbelievable

A simple thing as the dipstick, why is it so difficult to reinstall? If it's not seated well, one can't secure it with the bolt. I don't like the design and its unnecessary pain. I won't remove the intake just to seat the dipstick.
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Default Re: Dipstick...unbelievable

It's not hard to do at all. Removing the intake isn't going to change a damn thing.

Install the new oring on to the dipstick tube first.
Ensure the oil pan hole is clear of any old oring and dirt.
Slide dipstick tube into the hole.
Remove the dipstick from the tube.
Insert a screwdriver with a handle base big enough to overhang the tube hole.
Hit it with your purse (hammer) until you feel it pop down into place.
Done.
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It's not hard to do at all. Removing the intake isn't going to change a damn thing.

Install the new oring on to the dipstick tube first.
Ensure the oil pan hole is clear of any old oring and dirt.
Slide dipstick tube into the hole.
Remove the dipstick from the tube.
Insert a screwdriver with a handle base big enough to overhang the tube hole.
Hit it with your purse (hammer) until you feel it pop down into place.
Done.
Well, I never though of removing the dipstick and hammer in the tube...thank you. Now, I'll have to find where that bolt went (it's stuck somewhere I can't see it...probably by the x-brace and I have to jack the car up).
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Old Tue, Jul-03-2018, 01:06:32 AM   #4
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Default Re: Dipstick...unbelievable

Having skinny arms and small hands help somewhat.

+1 for cleaning it off really good.
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Having skinny arms and small hands help somewhat.

+1 for cleaning it off really good.
It's already so clean it looks new!
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It's not hard to do at all. Removing the intake isn't going to change a damn thing.

Install the new oring on to the dipstick tube first.
Ensure the oil pan hole is clear of any old oring and dirt.
Slide dipstick tube into the hole.
Remove the dipstick from the tube.
Insert a screwdriver with a handle base big enough to overhang the tube hole.
Hit it with your purse (hammer) until you feel it pop down into place.
Done.
I used this method on my 328 a few weeks back and it worked very easily.

The only step I'd add is to lube the lower o-ring with engine oil after you slide it on, this just makes it a little bit easier to pop in and reduces the risk of a pinched o-ring.
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I used this method on my 328 a few weeks back and it worked very easily.



The only step I'd add is to lube the lower o-ring with engine oil after you slide it on, this just makes it a little bit easier to pop in and reduces the risk of a pinched o-ring.


I would try oiling the new o-ring before, personally. What good is it going to do by adding lube “after”? Asking for my wife...


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I would try oiling the new o-ring before, personally. What good is it going to do by adding lube “after”? Asking for my wife...
True but I didn't think the 'before' bit needed to be mentioned, that should be standard operating procedure for all o-rings.

But for clarity, yes, lube it before and after installation.
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It's not hard to do at all. Removing the intake isn't going to change a damn thing.

Install the new oring on to the dipstick tube first.
Ensure the oil pan hole is clear of any old oring and dirt.
Slide dipstick tube into the hole.
Remove the dipstick from the tube.
Insert a screwdriver with a handle base big enough to overhang the tube hole.
Hit it with your purse (hammer) until you feel it pop down into place.
Done.
I was fighting installing the dipstick back in for the longest time until I tried the method mentioned by Braymond141 and it went right in. Getting the bolt that fastens the dipstick could be tricky but I used a combination of 1/4 inch extensions. I don't remember if I hand threaded the bolt in first or if I applied Vaseline to the head of the bolt and socket. Either way should work. Good luck.
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