Lurker with a oil dipstick question

Discussion in '96-04 - 4V Specific' started by TheDoughboy, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. TheDoughboy

    TheDoughboy New Member

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    So, I really hate the cable type oil dipstick my 96 Cobra has. I'd like to find a flat metal type that I can use instead. The cable one makes it hard to tell the oil level, to me at least. Maybe it is because I am using Royal Purple oil and it's almost clear on the dipstick after oil changes. One the oil gets a lil dirty I'm sure I will be able to tell the level no problem.

    I'm thinking if there is no matching alternative with the low/full marks in the correct spot, I can make one. Just measure the length of mine then find one about 3' longer. Then I can Cut it to the same length and have a clean slate to mark the Correct "low" and mark the "high" at the 7qt level we seem to use.

    Tried being a good lurker and using the search function to no avail.


    Ron
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by cable type. Sounds almost like an aftermarket piece? If I'm correct, the 2 and 4 valve should share an oil dipstick, and mine is indeed flat. A trip to a pick and pull might get you exactly what you want.
     
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    Actually, scratch that. I just went and checked my own dipstick and found exactly what you meant by cable type. Shows how often I check my oil. :confused: Maybe see if a 4.6l truck has a flat stick?
     
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    Royal purple is tough to see, ill suggest keeping a quick thumb type flashlight.
     
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    I might just go to pick and pull and find a long dipstick from a Ford truck or the like. As long as the dipstick tube diameter is the same. Then just modify the dipstick to my needs. The flashlight idea is good though.

    I think I could find a unicorn that poops gold bars easier than finding a flat steel one with the same markings in the correct place...
     
  6. lwarrior1016

    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    That's odd, my 98 has a stamped steel oil dipstick.
     
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    That is good to know, I'll have to check it out at the wrecking yard this weekend. Thank you.
     
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    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Let me know hoe your search turns out. If you don't find one I might be able to come off of mine. I want that fancy Lokar dipstick for our engines lol.
     
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    Will do ;)