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Old 04-13-2011, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by bluebee View Post
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I'm curious if one can easily just 'remove' the inner sleeve from the old dipstick guide tube as a retrofit?
I'm also curious how high the normal oil level rises to.
Does it rise to the Y connection to the CCV which was all gunked up?
I've read posts where people had drilled out the centre to imitate the newer design. It seems to me it would be a pretty ugly job. Especially considering the newest part#/price is down to ~$65. And to think that I thought I got a deal a couple of months ago at $125 versus the $220 last year.

Oil level with the engine cold is about 2 inches below the hole in the lower crankcase that the guide tube fits, so ~ 6+ inches below the Y. When running it would be a little lower yet since some oil will be up in the valve train and some in the process of dripping back to the sump. Compare the difference on the dipstick for a cold engine versus immediately after stopping the engine.

The sludge in my example was all from the CCV.

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