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I am getting ready to fire up my new 360 and I just found out I am missing the oil dipstick. The only way I can get a OEM one is to order one online. I would rather not wait the five days for shipping. Is there an off the shelf one that will work, like a Chevy, etc? Does anyone know the length of the dipstick and were the low and full marks need to be?
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Re: Dipstick

Get yourself a dipstick from the Junkyard. I've used one from a van. Then mark it (I notched it with a die grinder) with a full filter/oil change. When done, drain out 1 quart, let the level settle and mark it again. Then you've got the high and low marks correctly done.
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Or do a full oil change minus one quart, mark it and add the last quart, mark it again. No need to drain fresh oil. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Or do a full oil change minus one quart, mark it and add the last quart, mark it again. No need to drain fresh oil. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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It's not accurate if you just pour the oil into the pan and mark the stick. You've got to account for oil in the galleys and filter... hence, drain one quart...
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Re: Dipstick

Say the 360 takes 5 qts (I'm guessing). Put in 4 quarts, crank it up, shut it down, let it settle, mark low, add a quart, mark high. No need to drain. No harm done.
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Re: Dipstick

The engine has never been ran. I need to get it started and let it idle at 2000 RPM until it warms up to break it in. Do you think it will be safe to do that with only four quarts of oil in it?
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He He -- Fill it up, run it a moment, mark the full mark.

Then drain one quart, mark that and "Quart low."

Then drain all the rest - mark that as "Empty."
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Yes I do, it's safe to run it a quart low. It won't hurt it to run it for a few seconds, shut it down, mark the stick, add a quart or whatever and then start breaking it in either.
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Re: Dipstick

One more little thing.

Were does the dipstic tube go into the engine. I am assumeing it is behind the passanger side exhaust manifold. Am I right? DO I have to remove the manifold in order to install it?
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Re: Dipstick

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One more little thing.

Were does the dipstic tube go into the engine. I am assumeing it is behind the passanger side exhaust manifold. Am I right? DO I have to remove the manifold in order to install it?

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Are you saying you need a new dipstick tube, as well as dipstick?
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