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    BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Hello. My BJ8 dipstick broke at about an inch beyond the bottom of the guide tube and Iím sure the missing piece of it is somewhere in the oil pan. I plan to get it out of there one way or another but wonder if thereís any risk of damage to engine internals by driving the car.

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    If the intake screen on your oil pump is intact I doubt the piece of dipstick would get picked-up by the pump or elsewhere; if you really overfilled the sump you might aerate the oil enough to get if off the bottom (but I doubt it). But, you'll never feel comfortable knowing it's in there; esp. on longer trips. I'd say you can drive some but drop the pan when you get a chance; it's not a terribly tough job, unless the pan was sealed with some strong adhesive sealant like Right Stuff (there's a thread on this on this Forum somewhere). Not a bad idea if you haven't had the pan off in a long time to check for sludge, (other) metal bits, etc.

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    I wouldn't risk a piece of metal near a rotating crank shaft. If you can get a large magnet, once the oil has drained, move it along the bottom surface of the pan, heading toward the drain hole. You might get lucky.
    Good luck, Bob

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Get it out!
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    I’d do it sooner rather than later, there is no good that will come from waiting��
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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Quote Originally Posted by British_Recovery View Post
    I wouldn't risk a piece of metal near a rotating crank shaft. If you can get a large magnet, once the oil has drained, move it along the bottom surface of the pan, heading toward the drain hole. You might get lucky.
    Good luck, Bob
    The broken piece is likely in the bottom of the sump, where the pump pickup screen is; how is the crankshaft going to hit it? I wouldn't feel comfortable with it in the pan, but if the car needs to be driven a few miles to a shop with a lift I think he'll be OK.

    Edit: In fact, the piece is probably near the strange tab in the pan, which some have suggested is a stop for the dipstick:

    Pan Tab.jpg

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Well U ALL:

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    you'll never feel comfortable knowing it's in there;,that's for sure, ,
    I wouldn't risk a piece of metal near a rotating crank shaft., Me neither , Seems no one is comfortable with it in there so!
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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Ya could have dropped the sump retrieved the piece welded it back on and had her all back and running by now with all these posts . Dropping the sump etc is a couple of hours work tops .
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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Thank you all for your very helpful responses. Iíll put the car up on a lift as soon as I receive my new sump gasket and remove the sump. It looks like a straightforward job.

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Just wondering .. How did it break ?

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Quote Originally Posted by Fanigbo View Post
    Thank you all for your very helpful responses. I’ll put the car up on a lift as soon as I receive my new sump gasket and remove the sump. It looks like a straightforward job.

    Wait!:

    How about getting a replacement PART before U START??
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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Not entirely sure as the car belongs to a friend who just got it a week ago. He called to tell me there was no oil in the car so I dashed over to find that the dipstick was significantly shorter than it should be. Ten inches shorter! My guess is that it was forced putting it back or taking it out without proper orientation. I know it was okay on the day we bought the car and got it home to his garage.

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Iíve ordered everything I believe Iíll need and donít plan to do anything besides look. Gasket for the sump, oil change kit, new dipstick.

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    Are you sure it is in there? Try putting another dip stick in to see how far in it goes. Also the tube the dip stick goes into can be remove to give you another 6(ish) inches of access.

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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    I removed the guide tube (which the owner had said came off while he was pulling the dipstick out) and inserted a stick from my classic mini. The mini stick is shorter but long enough to confirm I have sufficient oil and also long enough that it would have touched the broken off piece of the Healey stick if that were still in the way. Since the broken piece wasnít noticed whenever it broke, my assumption is that it broke while being forcefully pulled and the rest of it is laying at the bottom of the sump. Thereís no other place it would have gone.

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