Cheers Betty, I had a thought, ah weather nice let's check water oil etc... then wished I hadn't!!!
If it's stuck in the tube I may still see if I can get it out, rather than push it into the sump, do you know if the tube comes away from the sump easily enough?
you can take the tube of but the bit that broke off is below that point and i would say its in the sump now
(went through all this with my first break , then didn`t expect it to happen again TWICE),
forget it by a new dipstick but keep the old one in the car so it doesn`t happen again.
(was worried about the broken bit for a while myself but that was 50k miles ago):thumb:
Hi, I'm having a similar problem, but my end seems to be still stuck in the bottom of the pipe. My new dipstick wont go all the way in, sticks out be about half an inch. have tried poking wire down to push it into the sump, but hasnt worked. So i cant currently check the oil level. Its had a fresh oil change at Kwikfit (where the problem was discovered) so that shouldn't be a problem at the moment.
Easy way to remove snapped Dipstick - 2002 Petrol 1.4L 206
Hi, After reading a load of these threads it helped me find an easy way to remove the snapped Dipstick from my car. Firstly, thanks for all the great information already here, as it helped massively.
The plastic end of my dipstick snapped off in cold weather. So I thought it best not to start the engine and look online for advice.
The Peugeot Forums told me -
1) Its a very common problem, happening across the Peugeot range.
2) Loads of people say, don't worry about the piece of snapped off plastic it will do no harm.
3) Some people said they bought a new Dipstick, but it would no longer push down properly, we assume it is hitting the old snapped off piece, and the only answer is to remove the sump to retrieve the snapped off bit, which clears the way for the new one to go in properly.
4) Buy a new Dipstick off eBay, but keep the new one you get in the boot. Carry on with the old snapped off Dipstick in place, use it to check the oil. That way the new one isn't subjecting the plastic tip to the every day engine heat, therefore it should not perish and snap (great idea, thanks for that).
Ok, with all of this in mind, I thought I would prefer to remove the snapped off plastic, as it might get chewed up and then cause a blockage or some problem.
Basically - I hooked (taped) a vacuum, to hose pipe, taped the hose to the dipstick tube and sucked for a second. This brought up the snapped off piece to the top of the dipstick neck, where I fished it out with long tweezers!
In fact, the suction brought up 2 snapped off ends, and I retrieved them both!
I was a bit amazed by that, but that tells me a couple of things.
Firstly they snap off a lot, my car is a 14 year old model (66k), and the dipstick has snapped off at least twice, today, and some time previously.
Another thing is that if it snaps, it doesn't go anywhere, it just sits at the bottom of the dipstick tube. So nothing to worry about if it happens to me again!
Finally the people who posted that the dipstick won’t go all the way down, that might be because you have 2 or 3 bits of snapped of plastic sitting at the bottom of the tube!
I will try and attach my pics to the forum, but this is my notes on how I would do it again, if i needed to -
I would tape the hoover to a long length of garden hose, I use cheap parcel tape, its like using gaffer tape, but its much cheaper.
The really long length of hose means I would really struggle to get any oil into my hoover. (My wife would kill me if I ruined her Dyson, she wasn't happy when she 'caught on' to what i was up to anyway!)
With the open end of the hose pipe in my hand, (nowhere near the car) you can turn on the vacuum.
Then all I need to do is dab the open end that sucks onto the top of the dipstick tube for a brief second.
In my case it sucked the bits up in half a second, and you could hear the vacuum change noise, telling me the inlet was blocked.
I did suck up a few drops of oil as well, but it wasn't more than a thimble full. In my case, and I know for a fact the oil level is currently at the top, after a fresh oil change only a week ago.
It would be ideal if the snapped off plastic actually shot into the hose, so I could shake it out, but in my case, both pieces stopped at the top off the tube, I quickly got one with tweezers, but the 2nd slipped down. I applied the vacuum hose for another 1 second, then caught the 2nd with the tweezers.
Whole operation took about 20 minutes.
What you do is entirely up to you, and at your own risk.
But Good luck with it all.
I did what you suggested and it worked like a dream. The only thing I did different was to put an empty tee bag between the small nozzle attachment and the hose from my vacuum cleaner to stop the oil from racing into the vacuum cleaner that gets sucked up the hose that is placed in the dipstick tube . Anyways I did it on a 2005 206 cc 1.6 HDI and bang!!!! had the tip. I then proceeded to do it on my girlfriends 2003 206 Hatchback 1.4 Petrol and got 2 tips, just like you I was amazed about this. In both cases the tips landed in the Nozzle attachment with a distinct click. Thank you so much for your Post here, you saved me hours of work removing the oil sump on both cars.
Now something for the future..... if you look for a dipstick for your 206 on eBay, you will find dipsticks that are made completely of metal. They are not the original and mostly from Poland, but hey, what the hell they work and wont break off like the original ones from France. I still have no idea why Peugeot would make such a thing and why they have not created a replacement without a plastic tip.....it's just plain stupid....just like the plastic valve cover and a very large list of plastic parts that would add maybe 2 kilos of weight to the car if they were made from metal.
Hi, I am pleased my idea is saving you time. good idea getting an 'All metal' dipstick, thats the best way to go. I followed the advice about keeping a new plastic dipstick in the boot, while leaving an origional one that has already snapped in the engine.
Its hard to believe when you suck up more than one snapped off end, what a crap design!!!