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Hey guys I'm just finishing up my header install. As expected it was a huge PIA and I broke off a manifold bolt AND the dipstick tube trying to get it out. We have a replacement dipstick tube on order, but would it be okay to start it up with a cork in the hole for like a minute or less until it gets here?

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Only if you're absolutely sure the proper amount of oil is in there.
 

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I guess as long as you plug it, it should be OK. Why not just wait til the dipstick tube comes in?


BTW I had to pull mine out with vise grips when I did my header install so I had to order a new one too. That thing was stuck in there good.


Keep in mind you'll need something to space the dipstick tube mount away from the engine a bit when you do get it so the tube won't be against the headers or flange. I used a 3/8" nut behind the bracket, the original bolt is long enough that you don't need a new one.
 

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I would DEFINITELY recommend waiting for the new dipstick. Not worth the risk IMO.
 

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If you weren't sure if the oil level was correct, you could drain it, measure it and dump it back in or put the proper amount of new oil in. I assume you are worried about having enough oil and not what might happen with no dipstick in the tube - ie blowing oil out the open dipstick hole. If that is the case - I'm sure some sort of plug would work fine.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I knew i had proper oil level. Yesterday I started it up open headers for just a few seconds. Oil didn't spray everywhere like I thought I could have.

I picked up the new dipstick tube today and should have everything back together tonight!
 
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