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Old 07-05-2012, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What are you guys doing about the common broken dipstick handle? I haven't attempted to put anything on the nub but i was thinking of replacing it with something. I don't have the broken part so replacing the original eye is not an option.

So if you have pics of your replacement dipstick handle please share.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I got a new one from Arlington Mazda.




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Old 07-05-2012, 10:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i deal with it
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Mine has a massive glob of putty for a handle. Eventually I'll get a replacement from either GoMiata or Rosenthal Mazda.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Years ago, I took a small plastic Snoopy toy and JB-welded it to the stub on my dipstick. That worked for years. Any solid piece of plastic will work the same way. When I swapped in a 99 engine, it came with a new dipstick (the awesome flexy one), and Snoopy got retired.


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Old 07-05-2012, 11:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Get a 99/00 CA spec dipstick and tube. It's got a metal loop and a flexable cable "stick". This was something I discovered when I had my 99 (CA-spec) years ago.



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Old 07-05-2012, 11:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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one of my friends gave me his old s-type knob. i like my stock one better so i found a better place for it. its jb welded on.



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Old 07-07-2012, 12:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have decided to mold something up to attach to my broken dipstick. I'll post pics when complete.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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a jb welded screwdriver handle would look pretty neat i think
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I was just gonna buy another one.. but I think I'm gonna weld on a screwdriver or an old mario toy on it haha
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:38 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My '91's dipstick is still intact. You all must play rough. Haha
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:18 AM   #13 (permalink)
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we need a sponsor to get on this. i think i retro looking dipstick replacement would sell very well, considering how common this problem is
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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we need a sponsor to get on this. i think i retro looking dipstick replacement would sell very well, considering how common this problem is
Or just shipping a cheap (as in price) handle topper that can be stuck on there by following a DIY mini instructions.

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Old 07-18-2012, 05:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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east coast miata sells a couple

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:16 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I never liked the yellow handle on the dipstick since it sticks out like a sore thumb and nothing else is yellow in the engine bay. I wanted to do something about it even though it was still in excellentcondition.

IL Motorsport sell an expensive option (approximately 20 British Pounds):



While I was at Supercheap (my local auto store), I spotted a pair of chrome piston-style old-school door lock knobs and thought "They'd look cool as a dipstick knob!" so I bought a pack of 2 (about $15). I cut and filed the dipstick handle as shown in the picture above, stuck a soldering iron down the piston shaft to get it really hot to expand it a bit, then using pliers and a hammer, tapped the dipstick into the shaft so that it's really tight. This left a bit of the yellow plastic rim still visible so I "fixed that" with some Wrinkle-Red paint to match my rocker cover. It looks pretty "schmick" I reckon:



Yes, it does get hot when the engine has been running for some time but I never need to pull it out then anyway!
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:38 AM   #17 (permalink)
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BEGi sells a replacement aluminum handle for broken dipsticks.

http://www.bellengineering.net/produ...roducts_id=687
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:42 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Valve stem cap!
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:12 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Nice Nanner, a nice valve stem cap could work. Like a chrome one from a semi
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