Give your faded dipstick the brush-off

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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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