Broke the handle off of the dipstick today on our 1996 Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0...
... tried to get the stick out of the tube but it just shoved down to the choke point about an inch down the tube. Was able to remove it by using a new pencil and using a small dab of two-part epoxy sliding the flat pencil end down to mate with the broken dipstick. After setting up well I was able to pull the oil dipstick out.
Thinking I need something to plug the tube till I get a replacement dipstick I found out that an empty brass 38 caliber shell casing fits snug in the tube and stays put with just a couple light taps of a small hammer.
Now just gotta find someplace online to get a replacement dipstick. The metal part of the dipstick is 24 inches long. Figure I can get the dipstick/tube combo and just not use the new tube, but am finding that they are 20+ inches long and too short for what I need. Don't wanna get a junkyard dipstick since the handles are probably brittle on those too.
Received the Spectre dipstick today ...this is NOT a good replacement for a broken dipstick on this Explorer. The dipstick is too short, will not fit down through the existing tube and the Spectre tube with NOT fit anywhere close on this Explorer.
What I have done is drilled out the rivets on the Spectre handle to retro-fit onto my original dipstick. Tomorrow I will be picking up the little replacement rivets and updating on my results.
Broke the rest of the plastic off the old dipstick left from the broken handle. The old dip stick had a small hole in it for a pin that was holding on the handle. Picked up a couple of rivets (hammer peen type) and peen on the new handle in one of the holes. Attempted to drill the second hole into the old dipstick but the dang metal was too hard for my drill bit. The one rivet holds the new handle on tight so will wait until I pick up a better bit. The measurement is only about an 1/8 of on the short side when measuring the oil level.