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This is a discussion on New dip stick tube within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Ok so long story short, my girlfriends Oldsmobile Alero needs a new dipstick and tube... how hard is this to ...

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    New dip stick tube

    Ok so long story short, my girlfriends Oldsmobile Alero needs a new dipstick and tube...

    how hard is this to install? can I do it myself pretty easy?

    My other question is, if/when i remove the tube, is oil going to go everywhere? should i drain the oil first?

    Ive always changed my own oil, and I've changed it in her car, but i don't know anything about dip stick tubes.

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    not 100% positive on how they are installed on the V6s, but gonna guess that it would be like most tubes where it is a friction fit at the pan or where it ever it enters into the pan, Oil won't or at least shouldn't splash or leak, may drip a bit.

    Also make sure that everything near, around and on the tube and location of the tube is 100% spotless. Don't need to suck a piece of dirt into a bearing or something.

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    What engine? It will have an O-ring that fits very tight in the hole..

    You won't have to drain anything..

    It will likely have (2) 8mm bolts to secure it one @ the bottom in a flang attached to the tube and another @ about the middle secured to the block..
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    If its the 3400 V6, I think you have to remove the front exhaust manifold to be able to snake it out of there. I remember removing a few during some head gasket repairs. Some come out nicely, some come out pretty difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    If its the 3400 V6, I think you have to remove the front exhaust manifold to be able to snake it out of there. I remember removing a few during some head gasket repairs. Some come out nicely, some come out pretty difficult.
    They can be a pita.. But I think you're talking about this engine as far as the manifold goes..


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    yeah im pretty sure thats it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    yeah im pretty sure thats it
    You have your work cut out for ya then bro.. I think you can handle it tho..

    If you could rip your front end off your old car you can take care of this..

    It's just a cramped pita. I would recommend the manifold being slightly warm (not hot) when you pull it..

    Sometimes when they are cold the bolts don't like to cooperate.. Good luck..

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    Oh you remember that thread, lol....I'll get under it and try it sometime....but it's looking like I have to change it this time and just trust that I'm putting in the right amount

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    Oh you remember that thread, lol....I'll get under it and try it sometime....but it's looking like I have to change it this time and just trust that I'm putting in the right amount
    Yeah There as so few new v6 threads they're relatively easy to remember.

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