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Dip Stick Tube?!!

aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
I went to pump out my engine oil today but some how the oil pump tube got kinked and stuck in the tube. I decided to pull out the dipstick tube to help me get the hose out of the tube. This is what I found, it got beat up from me removing it but something's not right! The tube is two pieces stuck together. I always noticed that the dipstick would jam at one point then I would rotate it and it would go in. Now I know why it would do that! I ordered what I believe to be the correct tube and dipstick for a 5.7, VERY strange!


2008 330EC
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    Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Member Posts: 5,439 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Looks like a bad DIY project.  lol

    Past owner of a 2003 342FV
    PC BYC, Holland, MI
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes it does!
    2008 330EC
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    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have never seen a marine dip stick tube look like that. Al has seen everything (marine that is) I'd be interested in his opinion. No wonder your dip stick was getting jammed!
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    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    BTW, after Al's comment - I hope the diy'er who did that at least had the correct length of tube to give you accurate oil level readings!
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2015
    Al, the tube was from an electric oil pump I was using,It wasn't installed in the tube.
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    2008 330EC
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Alswagg said:
    Just remember to never put a suction tube inside the dipstick tube.  I have had to repair many dipstick for having a stuck plastick Hose inside the tip stick tube.  
    Yes, that's how I found out about my dipstick tube. Lesson learned!
    2008 330EC
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Al, when I pit the new dipstick tube in do I need to seal it at the base? If yes what sealant do you recommend?
    2008 330EC
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2015
    Now that the boat is out of the water, I Pulled my starboard manifold and riser to install the new dipstick tube. It turns out that I have the incorrect tube! The tube that I have seems to be to long on the top side. I can't install it all the way because it hits the alternator. I searched pictures on the Internet and it looks like there is a tube that comes just short of the alternator but I can't find a part number for it.The part number that I have is 15296A 2,does anyone know what part number I need and where to find it? This is for a 5.7, Hopefully Al will be able to help me out!
    2008 330EC
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    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭

    3113, have you tried contacting Mercury directly at the factory for technical advice?

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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I haven't tried Mercury yet. I'm going to try a local parts supplier and see if they can help. The issue is I don't have a good serial number. The engine is a rebuilt Jasper engine that the previous owner had built. I do have the serial number of the old engine that came out but don't know if that can help me. I think I narrowed it down to two part numbers, 860143A2 or 862704A4 but I don't know what the difference is.
    2008 330EC
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    Handymans342Handymans342 Member Posts: 10,375 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well if its a Jasper rebuild it should still be a mercury block hopefully.
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    Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Member Posts: 5,016 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If it is the same as the original engine, you should be able to use the original numbers. When I replaced the engine on my 232, I got a Quicksilver long block and I used the original numbers to get parts.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA "Blue Ayes"
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I finally have this project done! I used the old block serial number and ordered the dipstick tube. Once installed,I was able to pump out the engine oil in less than 2 minutes with an electric pump! (Was never able to do that!) With the riser and manifold back on I was able to finish winterizing also. She is good to go for a long winters nap.


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    rasburyrasbury Member Posts: 8,283 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great job! Thanks for the follow up, we all need the info.
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    aero3113aero3113 Member Posts: 8,928 ✭✭✭✭✭
    When I installed the manifold and riser I torqued (25 ft. lbs. then to 30 ft.lbs.)the bolts a couple of times after cooling and heating. I went to check the port side. I found that 2 of the riser bolts were VERY loose and I got about a quarter to half a turn on the manifold bolts. They were installed new last season, It doesn't hurt to recheck them every once in a while.
    2008 330EC
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    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @aero3113. Great work.....and checking torque is always a good idea. 
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