Melted Dipstick

Another for the list of things I’ve never seen before. A Civic came in after badly overheating because of a damaged radiator. It overheated so badly that it melted the dipstick.

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For a few years Honda went to full plastic dipsticks on a few of their engines instead of metal with a plastic handle. The main thing I don’t like about them is that it can be harder to read the oil level, but I didn’t know that it was possible for them to melt at temperatures engines can reach, even if it is an extreme overheating condition. I’m curious where the rest of the melted plastic ended up and if liquid plastic running through your engine could damage it, as if the overheating wasn’t bad enough on its own.


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