In all my years, I’ve never heard of a broken dipstick until today. After rejecting Mrs. Roscoe’s suggestion ( bubble gum on the cat’s tail ) to remove the stub, I decided to consult The Internet.
Evidently it is quite common for the 2000 Nissan Sentra to break it’s dipstick. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
I didn’t have any chopsticks laying around so I passed on #1. Although the thought of launching the old dipstick into my neighbor’s pool was appealing, I decided to pass on the air compressor and use the shop vac instead.
Three things that I didn’t see in the linked article that may be helpful:
1. One poster suggested cutting a small hole in a piece of cardboard and using that to seal the end of the dipstick tube. A hole punch works great for doing this.
2. Remove the filter element from the shop vac to get a little more suction.
3. The stick wouldn’t come all the way up until I removed the o-ring around the remnants of the plastic on the dipstick. After that it came right out.
All in all, it was one of the fastest car repairs that I’ve had to complete.