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.


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.

New blog posts every Monday and Thursday, plus pictures throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Mechanical Malarkey stickers available for $5 anywhere in the US!


This entry was posted in In The Shop and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Melted Dipstick

  1. Jrnelson says:

    What happen to your civic?


  2. Jose Garcia says:

    I got a 2015 honda civic and I ran over pallets on the freeway and mess up my radiator I drove it home like that and when getting home the oil dipstick look like that 2 I ran the code and it gave me p0117 I google it and it’s engine cooling sensor pop up so now I gotta replace a radiator plus that sensor..


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s