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Old 10-29-2014, 09:48 AM   #29
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EdGray:

This is the only sub-category I could find under "The Chassis Club Forums" that even remotely mentioned "Chevrolet". Did I miss something somewhere or is there really no dedicated Chevy chassis sub group? There's nothing under The Power Train Garage Forum.

In any case, I guess a Chevy 8.1 L Vortec is the same no matter what chassis it's on.

Sorry if I barged in where I shouldn't have been <grin>. You guys have been most helpful, and thanks for the "Welcome".

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Old 10-29-2014, 12:04 PM   #30
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Sorry if I barged in where I shouldn't have been <grin>.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:58 PM   #31
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The few times I have noticed a "rifling" effect was when the dipstick was about halfway back in the tube. I simply pulled it back out, flipped it over to the other side, and gently reinsert. I do keep one hand near the tube to guide the dipstick, and keep the other hand on the other end to attempt to keep the entire dipstick as straight as possible. Not an every time problem, though.
Same way with mine, just pull it back out flip it over, and it goes on in. never try to force it. that's the easy part, I hate trying to get oil in it!!!
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I ordered my new lower dipstick tube today from Ultra RV. Also visited the coach today and loosened up the lower tube so I am ready when the new one arrives. Plan on changing wires and plugs while I'm in there.
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Thanks Blaster, but as I mentioned, I tried flipping, turning and everything else I could think of (never forcing) but still no luck.

I'll be interested to see how vettenuts makes out with his replacement project.

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Old 11-12-2014, 05:54 PM   #34
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I ordered my new lower dipstick tube today from Ultra RV. Also visited the coach today and loosened up the lower tube so I am ready when the new one arrives. Plan on changing wires and plugs while I'm in there.

And, while you are in there....clean the MAF sensor.
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And, while you are in there....clean the MAF sensor.
Did that a couple of months ago, along with a new WIX filter. Also cleaned up the air inlet tubing because there was a lot of stuff in there that would quickly dirty the new filter.
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Thanks Blaster, but as I mentioned, I tried flipping, turning and everything else I could think of (never forcing) but still no luck.

I'll be interested to see how vettenuts makes out with his replacement project.

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Have you checked to see if yours is rusty as well? My fear would be it breaks open and then oil gets pushed out while driving. Since it's right at the manifold, could be a fire risk as well.
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vettunets:

I keep a pretty close eye on the dipstick oil level. I would likely catch it if the level dropped as a result of a break in the tube. Also, as I mentioned, I'm not very mechanically inclined. I wouldn't know a manifold from a manicure <grin>.

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I keep a pretty close eye on the dipstick oil level. I would likely catch it if the level dropped as a result of a break in the tube. Also, as I mentioned, I'm not very mechanically inclined. I wouldn't know a manifold from a manicure <grin>.

Thanks for the insights!
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I'll try to shoot some photos, assuming I can fit in there with a camera when I make the swap. Hoping for the end of next week since the part won't be here until late on the 19th.
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Make sure it goes back in the same way it came out. If I flip mine over it gets stuck.
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For whatever reason, my dipstick can only be reinserted with one orientation, which is with the side with the gauge markings facing the ground. If I try to insert it with a different orientation, it will either bind or hit an obstruction with about 18" left to go.

Have no idea what causes this, but it will reliably insert with the above orientation.

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Thanks for the "orientation" suggestion of the dipstick on insertion guys, but I'm certain that's not the problem in my case. I've tried everything but stand on my head <grin>.

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Just as an update. I removed the upper and lower dipstick tube sections today. It went better than I anticipated. The upper section ended up being the bigger issue. I also called Ultra RV, where I purchased the dipstick tube, and got some pointers prior to starting. They suggested a little heat on the joint between the upper and lower sections to help get them apart. I also left the lower section bolted in place while removing the upper to prevent accidentally bending the rusted section and breaking it. Once the upper was removed, the lower came out fairly easy. The lower is back on the motor but I had several issues re-installing the upper primarily because it snakes between several pipes and brackets and I didn't check this prior to removal. This required crawling under and out from the coach numerous times to figure it out. I ended up accidentally pushing the upper tube into some insulation foam which lodged in the tube so I removed it and brought it home for a thorough cleaning. I plan to remove the lower tomorrow as well just to make sure nothing got into it and then doing the final installation.

I also found the upper dipstick tube had been rubbing on a metal tube (A/C or Transmission) and it had worn nearly through the dipstick tube. I cleaned it up, painted it, and then put a fuel line sleeve over the tube to hopefully prevent further wear. I hope to post photos of the installation once its done and find out whether this fixed the dipstick from sticking during insertion.
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