How to Remove the Dipstick Tube for a 2002 Nissan Sentraby Kyle Sanstrom
The engine oil dipstick tube on a 20002 Nissan Sentra is secured to the engine block with a small bolt to prevent it from shaking loose. The bottom of the tube plugs into the block and allows the dipstick to pass through it into the engine oil. The dipstick tube contains an O-ring at the junction where it meets the block to prevent oil from leaking outside of the crankcase.
Turn off the vehicle’s engine and place the car in park. Apply the emergency brake and open the hood.
Locate the engine oil dipstick tube. It runs through the exhaust manifold on the front of the engine.
Unscrew the exhaust manifold shroud bolts and remove the shroud. Remove the dipstick tube retainer bolt.
Remove the dipstick tube using a pulling and twisting motion. Do not allow the dipstick O-ring to slip off and fall into the crankcase.
- "Haynes Repair Manual: Nissan Sentra & 200SX: 1995 thru 2004"; John Haynes and Larry Warren; 1998
Things You'll Need
- 3/8-inch ratchet
- Metric socket set
Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.