How to Remove the Dipstick Tube From a Small Block Chevyby Russell Wood
The small block Chevrolet engine has been around for over 50 years now. From the 265-cubic-inch V8 to the venerable 350-cubic-inch V8, there have been many different displacements for the Chevy small block engine, and all of them have eight cylinders in a "V" configuration. Other than the cylinder count, a few engine parts have also remained a constant in the different designs--including the dipstick, which is used for checking the oil level in the oil pan. The dipstick allows you to determine whether you need to add oil to your car.
Pop the hood and locate the dipstick. This is a handle that comes up from the oil pan, and typically has a colored handle with the word "Oil" printed on the top. Place a shop rag in one hand and place the rag over the top of the dipstick handle. With the other hand, pull the dipstick up while you tighten the shop rag against the dipstick, wiping off the oil in the process.
Unbolt the dipstick tube from the engine using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Place the bolt to the side, as you will probably want to reuse it later.
Place both hands on the dipstick tube and pull it up with a jerking motion; this will free the dipstick tube from the oil pan. The dipstick is held in place by a rubber grommet, so it may take a little bit of pressure to pull it out. If it is stuck, twisting the tube can help free it, as well. Once it's free, maneuver the tube around the exhaust manifold and remove it from the engine bay.
Things You'll Need
- Shop rags
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
- Allow the engine to cool before working on or around the dipstick tube. Because the dipstick is typically located between or around the exhaust manifold or headers, where it can get pretty hot, you could burn yourself if you're not careful. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you can put your bare hand first on the top of the engine, then the sides for at least 5 seconds before you start working on it.
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.