Hello, Does anyone know off hand if the dipstick tube can be changed without the removal of the oil pan?  It's a 1964 Cadillac De Ville Convertible

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Early on I was never able to take one out from the top without damaging them. Best to push out from bottom, with oil pan off and using a deep socket as seen in this Help Page topic:
Dip Stick Tube, Oil: Removing from Engine Block Without Damaging

Hello, Thank you for your advice. The tube is cracked/broken.  Do you think that a self tapping bolt or screw assuming it's the right size can be put in from the outside of engine into the tube as i am not worried about ruining the tube as it is already toast.

A couple of thoughts Using a self tapping bolt or screw might create small metal shavings that end up in the engine. The tube is soft metal, I believe copper, or perhaps brass, but ver magneting and looks like copper.  If you just take a Grade 5 or Grade 8 bolt, and match up something just slightly larger than the inside diameter of the tube it might seat itself inside to be be able to pull up and out, working back and forth with lube. 2nd, I just took a look at mine engine and if you LH exhaust manifold is still installed there is not much room above the tube opening to work!  I'm guessing yours is just starting to crack above the widened Oring section that seats next to the block. This is where they normal brake when the tube is stressed (bent out of position from above). If there is enough uncracked metal there you may try spraying some WD40 around the tube at block and trying to get some vice grips on it  and working it out. If it breaks it breaks and with the vice grips on the tube shaft isn't an issue since it is toast anyway ...as you said.  I just don't ever remember having much luck trying to pull it up from the top without 1st pushing it out some from the bottom.



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