plastic down dipstick hole


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jefferson
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plastic down dipstick hole

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I was pumping oil out of dip stick tube as I was a little over full. The pump snorkel snapped of and slid down the dip stick tube. It is 4.5 x 1/4 hard plastic piece. I've tried hooked wires, long pliers, grabber tools with no luck. Can I just drive it. I'm thinking the gears will smash it up and just change the oil/filter to see if it came thru.
There is a final drive gear plate above the dip stick hole. What's behind it??? Could I see. Something from there. There is no gaskets in Canada for the inspection plate



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How about one of those lighted USB inspection cameras? (endoscope) If you can see any of it, maybe a long sheet metal screw or lag bolt can get a grip on it.
Leaving it is a roll of the dice. Might be no problem, or might strand you when you least expect it. Pieces could end up in bad places, in the trans. Depending on the pick up screen size a chunk could jam the oil pressure relief valve. I've found a lot of strange things in the bottom of oil pans, most are harmless, but there is always that one you remember.

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How much is a endoscope. Is there an opening to see the bottom if I take off the final drive inspection plate. Tnx..jeff

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Less than $10 from the usual suspects (ebay, aliexpress, etc.).
Can't help you on the second question,but I'm someone else will be along that can.

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I'll give camera idea a try..tnx

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Re: plastic down dipstick hole

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Too bad you are not a Gastroenterologist, a Colonoscope would probably be just the ticket to find and extract that piece of plastic from your crankcase. :lol:


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Don't run it - remove it, whatever it takes. "Grinding up" plastic means tiny little bits will then be circulating in your oil. Guaranteed one of them will be big enough to get through the pickup screen...and then clog up an oil galley or port on a smooth bearing, and you can kiss that engine goodbye.

There's a problem with recent Audi 2.0T engines where the timing chain guides (which are plastic) are breaking down, and the bits of plastic are making their way into the oil galleys and plugging up ports just like I describe...with the same result as I describe.

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First, you are not the first for this to happen to. Second, because someone else did it, there is a long thread (somewhere) about how to go about removal. So, start searching the GoldWing forums for this. I think it might have been on GL1800RIDERS but I'm not certain.



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