Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil dipstick is stuck

asked by on

Today while driving, the temperature gauge started to fall up and down - when arrived home, I tried to remove the oil dipstick to check the levels, but it will not come out! It will only pull out about two inches, and then it is just plain old stuck. Oil was last checked about three weeks ago, no problems removing dipstick.

Stick will rotate, and push back in just fine, but it won't come out more than the first few inches. I am afraid this is masking a much deeper problem!

What could have caused this, and how do I get it out?

My car has 215000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

The oil dipstick has small rivets in it toward the bottom which can sometimes make it difficult to get out depending on the angle or curvature of the oil dipstick tube that leads down to the oil pan. Sometimes wiggling it back and forth slightly will help to get it to come out. If not successful, you may want to have a professional from YourMechanic come to your home to further inspect the car as this may be a sign of a larger issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Door sensor

The door switch is located on the driver's door latch. Try to lube the door latch first to see if it is binding. If it is binding, then you will most likely need to replace the latch and switch at...

Q: upper intake valley puddles with oil, no seal leakages, misfire at #3,5,6...

A misfire can be caused by a variety of reasons such as a vacuum leak, dirty fuel injectors, a weak fuel pump (low fuel pressure), a faulty fuel pressure regulator, fouled spark plugs, bad spark plug wires, or weak ignition...

Q: What do charge for a 2009 cv/axle replacement

Hi there: In most cases, anytime you replace CV/Axle shafts, they should be done in pairs. However, before you assume this is the exact reason why you're having issues with a sluggish running Nissan Rogue, you might want to have...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...