Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Give your faded dipstick the brush-off


By Jim Twamley

All RVers need to be mindful of the fluid levels in their towing vehicles and motorhomes. You should check all your fluid levels prior to hitting the road — but after a few miles your dipstick may begin to look a little tired.

Sometimes you can’t even tell what the fluid level is because the stick is too dark and the fill lines are hard to make out.

There are a couple things you can do to make this situation better. You can drill a couple of small holes through the stick where the “low” and “full” lines are, and as the fluid covers these holes you can readily tell the level.

I used a wire wheel brush to clean up my automatic transmission dipstick. Now I can clearly see where the lines are and I don’t have to guess what the level is.

Many of these dipsticks are so long you could use them as a flag pole. I curl mine around into a loop when I take it out so I’m not dragging it in the dirt.

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