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Old 12-22-2010, 02:18 AM
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Hi all,

We have the boxes all packed, Ernie and Fiona are loaded and I decide to check the oil for the trip in the morning. When I check it, it was fine, then I added half a quard and get it where I want it on the dipstick. It's only the second time I ever had to add oil. Now, my problem is, the dipstick tube broke off down where it goes into the engine. I need to leave tomorrow, with the moving van. I'm not very mechanically inclined,(that is putting it mildly) but I'm almost sure it would be a disaster to drive him like that. My first thought was to cut the top off the dipstick, and plug it with that, then I rememeber how much VW likes my money in exchange for their dipstick. Does this tube screw in to the engine? I'mm almost sure i'm too dumb to do it my self. Can anyone give me some ideas???? Thanks!!!!

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Old 12-22-2010, 02:33 AM
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it does not on mine it just slips over the part on the motor when i got mine it just had some pvc pipe slid over the hole with the dipstick slid in it. I would not do this as a long term fix but for a few days i think it will be ok. I do not know how long it was like that on my NB but it was like that but i drove it for about a month or so and never lost any oil. Like i said not a long term fix but for a few days to a week i think it will be ok
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:09 AM
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The dipstick tube is pretty easy to replace. It's just a friction fit at the engine. Here is a link to show you what it looks like...

Home Page > Search > 06A 103 663 C > ES#1505 Dipstick Tube Extension - 06A103663CSJ
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it does not on mine it just slips over the part on the motor when i got mine it just had some pvc pipe slid over the hole with the dipstick slid in it. I would not do this as a long term fix but for a few days i think it will be ok. I do not know how long it was like that on my NB but it was like that but i drove it for about a month or so and never lost any oil. Like i said not a long term fix but for a few days to a week i think it will be ok
Thanks for the heads up! I don't have anything sticking out to put any pip over? Do you mean to put a piece of pipe down in the hols?
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Ouch
This is a common fail, but is a very easy fix- easy as changing a light bulb.

If you're about to go out of town, although a bit more than an online purchase, they're still reasonable from the dealership. Buy the tube, pull the old one off, use pliers if needed, push the new one in it's place. It's just that simple

And a safe trip to you and Carolyn
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:27 PM
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Thanks guys! We don't have a dealership within 100 miles of where we are. Would it be safe to drive it until I get there?
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Thanks guys! We don't have a dealership within 100 miles of where we are. Would it be safe to drive it until I get there?
Yeah you should be ok, as long as you have the tube capped off some way.
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Hey Scott hope your move and the Holidays went well. Hope Ernie is back in shape too. What a terrible thing to happen right before you move. I guess if that was the worst thing that happened, woohoo!
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This just happened to me! I hadn't checked the forum yet, so I didn't see the comments about how it was okay to drive like that.

Instead I called my dealership -- they said that driving was okay (but, as mentioned, to keep it covered) - and to bring it in and they would fix it ASAP. It took them 10 minutes! And they only charged me for the part ($18).
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This just happened to me! I hadn't checked the forum yet, so I didn't see the comments about how it was okay to drive like that.

Instead I called my dealership -- they said that driving was okay (but, as mentioned, to keep it covered) - and to bring it in and they would fix it ASAP. It took them 10 minutes! And they only charged me for the part ($18).
You lucked out man dealer usually charges at least 1 hour labor and the part. You can also order those online...ebay and replace yourself. $ 5 bucks on ebay and it just snaps into place just make sure you remove all of the plastic from the old tube before snapping the new one on.
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My repair was at minimal cost. I was surprised at that.....
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My repair was at minimal cost. I was surprised at that.....
I hate how mechanics figure what to charge. I called my mechanic the other day, I needed to get a CEL read, and to have them replace a headlight. I can change it, but one of the tabs is broken, and I wanted them to get it secure. So, how long does it take to change a headlight and check a CEL? 10 minutes tops? The guy on the other end of the line asked me if I could wait until time to get the oil changed. I said yes, why, he is a pal, so he wanted to save me some money. He said we have to charge you a HALF HOUR for it, if I wait, it would be next to free. They are the best mechanics I have ever used, very honest. Once my drive side window slipped down, and they estimated 500 bucks, (regulator?). So in the shop Ernie went. When I picked him up, it was less than half the price!!! He said he fixed whatever was wrong with it. They could of socked it to me.
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Depending where you live, most US auto stores carry the replacement part. I got one at Napa for around 10-20$... Just call around and ask.
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