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Old 03-07-2016, 11:36 AM
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Crap! Trans oil dipstick broke in the tube!

So my fricken mechanic or one of his assistants totally overfilled my trans fluid. i'd say a good 3 inches above the top line. (engine was warm and trans was in park)

My dad and I started evacuating the fluid with a pump. we would check the dipstick every 10 pumps or so. i guess the dip stick was brittle. it broke along the top line! I'm so irritated.

It's raining outside and I need to get this fixed. Do you guys think its safe to drive to mechanic? it won't get past the trans filter right?


Oh ya. it's my 1972 280se 4.5. poor girl.

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Old 03-07-2016, 11:49 AM
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So my fricken mechanic or one of his assistants totally overfilled my trans fluid. i'd say a good 3 inches above the top line. (engine was warm and trans was in park)

My dad and I started evacuating the fluid with a pump. we would check the dipstick every 10 pumps or so. i guess the dip stick was brittle. it broke along the top line! I'm so irritated.

It's raining outside and I need to get this fixed. Do you guys think its safe to drive to mechanic? it won't get past the trans filter right?
Which car?

(I assume engine was running when you measured too)

If you have a 722.1 transmission then you should be able to find the bottom of the dipstick still stuck in the tube.

If you have a 722.3 or 722.4 then the dipstick remains will be in the bottom of the oil pan.

The best solution is to remove it.

The chances of it being sucked up into the transmission is slim (wild guess) but if you drive it it is kind of "at your own risk". Note about the filter and the pump - not all of the fluid gets pumped up and through the transmission at a great rate of knots on start up. The transmission pump is only making pressure for a hydraulic system it isn't force feeding jets of fluid around the whole system. The transmission relies on a lot of "splash lubrication" too.
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:54 AM
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Ahh - crap - sorry - Vintage forum.

Most important question above is "which car / transmission type"
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Old 03-07-2016, 12:03 PM
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Ahh - crap - sorry - Vintage forum.

Most important question above is "which car / transmission type"
oops sorry. 1972 280se 4.5. i'm not sure what trans type i have. i just know its a 3 speed auto
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oops sorry. 1972 280se 4.5. i'm not sure what trans type i have. i just know its a 3 speed auto
Should be a 722.000 which is very similar to the 722.1 - there will probably be a banjo bolt at the joint where the dipstick meets the transmission oil pan.

You could drain the fluid and then unbolt this bit and fish out the dipstick end.
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:38 PM
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Should be a 722.000 which is very similar to the 722.1 - there will probably be a banjo bolt at the joint where the dipstick meets the transmission oil pan.

You could drain the fluid and then unbolt this bit and fish out the dipstick end.
Hmm. i think you're right. thats a good ideal. it might be just sitting at the bottom of the banjo bolt
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Old 03-13-2016, 02:30 PM
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And was it?
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:17 PM
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A small magnet welded to the old dip stick may pick it out . Or fitted in to a small bore plastic tube small enough to get down, and back, without comeing off. Trial an error .
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:38 AM
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So unbolted the banjo bolt and pulled the dip stick tube. it was still in the tube. turned it upside down and shook it out. problem solved. thanks guys!
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:48 AM
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Now check your fluid level - correctly - in accordance with the maintenance manual. Do you need a link?
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:54 AM
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Oh yeah - you're gonna need a new dipstick of course!
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:33 PM
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Nick nack you were very lucky there mate .
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:02 AM
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Now check your fluid level - correctly - in accordance with the maintenance manual. Do you need a link?

yes could you send me a link please? and yes i got a new dip stick. thanks!
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:51 AM
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Here's a maintenance manual that's easiest to get hold of

http://www.startekinfo.com/StarTek/outside/11832/Resources/201Create/PDF/80001a.pdf

Whilst it is for a W201 there's a section in there for the 722.1 transmissions fitted to R107s - use the method of checking - tis the same for your car. Don't rely on the volumes quoted they might be different (probably not for the 722.1 but just in case)
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