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this may be a slightly baked idea apollogies inadvance if it is,
it is my experiance that the dipsticks in many vehicles are designed in such a way that either the oil doesn't show up as with my current car that has a yellow plastic end to the dipstick, or else the routeing of the pipe work to
the sump means you are smearing any old oil over the dipstick,
therefore i propose a system of diposable dipstick covers, that fit over the end of the dipstick providing better contrast. This would be used with a bore cleaning patch, similar to those used on firearms to ensure that the oil depth in the sump is checked rather than any oil/greasey buildup in the tube to the sump is measured.
[kbecker, Oct 05 2004]
||See (link) for something very similar. Wouldn't the cover generate additional oil soaked hazardous waste?
||another problem is having little
bits that could come undone and
now you've got doodads in your oil
sump. I like the white dipsticks
||who would that be Zanzibar?