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Old 08-22-2014, 12:17 AM
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Auto trans dipstick?

When you read the title, I'll bet you thought I was going to ask where it was, didn't you? Well, no... Maybe not the one you were thinking of, exactly. I'm fully aware that the 4L30E was not equipped with a dipstick. That's why I raised an eyebrow at this:

#15 appears to be a dipstick! I found that on this page. Apparently, at least the ECE region got them? So now I'm making a shopping list.

#13 p/n 24111218267 - Grommet
#14 p/n 24111218416 - Oil fill-in tube
#15 p/n 24111218418 - Dipstick

All of the above can be acquired for under $50. Am I discovering old information, here? Has anyone thought of this, or heard of someone who has? I've searched, and I haven't found anyone talking about drilling a hole in their transmission to retrofit a dipstick.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:33 AM
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When you read the title, I'll bet you thought I was going to ask where it was, didn't you? Well, no... Maybe not the one you were thinking of, exactly. I'm fully aware that the 4L30E was not equipped with a dipstick. That's why I raised an eyebrow at this:

#15 appears to be a dipstick! I found that on this page. Apparently, at least the ECE region got them? So now I'm making a shopping list.

#13 p/n 24111218267 - Grommet
#14 p/n 24111218416 - Oil fill-in tube
#15 p/n 24111218418 - Dipstick

All of the above can be acquired for under $50. Am I discovering old information, here? Has anyone thought of this, or heard of someone who has? I've searched, and I haven't found anyone talking about drilling a hole in their transmission to retrofit a dipstick.
Certain models did get a dipstick, most did not, although it would have been nice to have one.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:29 AM
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All of the above can be acquired for under $50. Am I discovering old information, here? Has anyone thought of this, or heard of someone who has? I've searched, and I haven't found anyone talking about drilling a hole in their transmission to retrofit a dipstick.
I thought about it Having a dipstick also makes it easier to fill the trans, too.

Bought my E34 with a known bad 4L30E. While I had the trans out of the car, I looked at that area of the trans case and it was blank. I think it would need an accurately machined hole, not just "grab your drill".. At that angle it can't be done with the trans in place anyway.

Someone makes a kit to add a dipstick for $150 or so (believe it needs a hole in the side of the pan).
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:17 PM
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Someone makes a kit to add a dipstick for $150 or so (believe it needs a hole in the side of the pan).
I assume you're referring to this? I saw that, but I'm not sure how specific a dipstick tube is, in terms of model or transmission.
My transmission needs to be replaced, and I have a junkyard unit on my garage floor. I'm not under any illusion that this mod could be done with the trans in place, but I'm toying with the notion of getting a dipstick tube, putting the upper mounting tab on the bellhousing, and seeing where the other end winds up. There's a rubber grommet (p/n 24111218267) that goes into the factory hole on transmissions that were so equipped, so there may be some tolerance for sloppiness.
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