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Technical trans dipstick question.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by nunattax, May 9, 2020.

  1. nunattax
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    ive newly built 700r4 trans (low miles sofar) fresh oil red colour new dipstick with chrome stick .its very difficult to see clean red fluid on the stick.does anyone do a dipstick that's readable with clean fluid.i am considering having the dipstick powdercoated matt black but my head says don't do it.help
     
  2. Doublepumper
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    I've encountered this issue with my trans dipstick also. I invert the stick and watch for the oil to run down. Doing it this way makes it easy to see where the oil level is on the stick.
     
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  3. nunattax
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    I think the solution is a matt black finish on the bottom few inches with a crosshatch finish between the hi and low levels some body must make one .or is a case that very few are concerned about such trivia once the trans is shifting ok?
     
  4. Flathead Dave
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    Wouldn't the red fade into the black? Maybe yellow, white, orange something like that.
    Other than that, I don't know.
     
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  5. Scotch-Brite Pad the shit out of the tip.
     
  6. squirrel
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    or something more serious than scotch brite, like a coarse sanding disk.

    I'd get an OEM dipstick and tube, if possible....they work pretty darn well. If you can'd find one, get a used dipstick from something modern that is longer, and cut it to match.
     
  7. nunattax
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    sounds good ill give it a go in the morning
     
  8. Hopefully it’s not one of the aftermarket chrome dipsticks that flake after a while. I wouldn’t speed up the process by scuffing.
    I second the OEM if available. There are stainless flexible aftermarket ones around but I have never used one so I can’t say if they are better.
     
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  9. oldiron 440
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    Blue the end with a torch....
     
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  10. Chrome is pretty tough to 'scuff', I'd sandblast the last few inches.

    The post right above is a great idea too.
     
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  11. I have a trans dip stick, it is a off white color. The trans fluid shows very well on it.
     
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  12. Phil1934
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    Drill a small 1/16" hole in it. If below the level should pull a film up.
     
  13. nunattax
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    interesting!
     
  14. I had to say pad rather than disc's because it's cheaper to rob from under the kitchen sink then buy these if one doesn't already have them for such a small detail.
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  15. nunattax
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    a lot of ideas here ill attack it in the morning/tomorrow thanx for the ideas.chris
     
  16. jimmy six
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    I “painted”mine with white-out I had in my desk...works great..
     
  17. nunattax
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    that sounds good any danger of the trans fluid dissolving the paint
     
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  18. jimmy six
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    Not so far.... The way it drys, there must be a lot of lacquer or acetone in it... Remember it became illegal because of the old glue sniffers found it..
     
  19. rusty valley
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    either a hole as mentioned, or a good whack with a center punch where its supposed to be
     
  20. inthweedz
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    I've got a hole drilled in mine..
     
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  21. nunattax
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    I have seen small holes over the years in dipsticks now I know what they are for usually in the engine compartment,by the time I get a car the dipstick its usually well discoloured.
     
  22. nunattax
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    just rubbed it down with scotchbrite pad today.helped a bit.be checking that in the shade from now on.i had bought a flexible dipstick from jegs a jegs brand one didn't use it I wasn't confident it would seal at the trans.the lokar one however at double the price looked a better option with a nut trapping a sealing washer and fitting to the trans case.eventually I used the dipstick that came with the trans oiltight so far.had to modify the mounting but happy with it now.
     
  23. greybeard360
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    How about heat the end of the stick to blue it a bit?
     
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  24. nunattax
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    that sounds a good idea,later in the week maybe ,thanx
     
  25. lostone
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    I like the idea of drilling a couple holes up the dipstick end to the full line. Say maybe 1 at the add line and 1 at the full line.

    I do remember by old pontiac having a hole in the dip stick
     
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