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Old 04-16-2018, 12:18 PM
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Dipstick for R53

So I've been reading about dipsticks breaking on the 1st Gen Mini's and I am not about to wait for that to happen. Have you guys found any worthy dipsticks? I've read mixed reviews on the Craven Speed one. Anyone here have them on their R53? I want something that won't break with an accurate reading of course. Thanks ya'll!
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Check out this link for the Meta: https://www.ebay.com/p/BMW-Mini-Coop...75.m4097.l9055

I had a CravenSpeed and found that it over reads due to being so floppie. Meta is stiff wire type and works great, no more worries.
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So I've been reading about dipsticks breaking on the 1st Gen Mini's and I am not about to wait for that to happen. Have you guys found any worthy dipsticks? I've read mixed reviews on the Craven Speed one. Anyone here have them on their R53? I want something that won't break with an accurate reading of course. Thanks ya'll!
I think the breakage has a lot to do with how they are pulled out. I've noticed most people are right handed and will pull at the dipstick with their right hands causing it to bind, I was guilty of this myself and noticed how much friction there was with me doing just that. Now I remove it with my left hand and it glides right out, no binding, just my 2cents.
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I think the breakage has a lot to do with how they are pulled out. I've noticed most people are right handed and will pull at the dipstick with their right hands causing it to bind, I was guilty of this myself and noticed how much friction there was with me doing just that. Now I remove it with my left hand and it glides right out, no binding, just my 2cents.
interwsting. I am right handed but I’ve always removed it with my left, since it’s on the left side lol
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Check out this link for the Meta: https://www.ebay.com/p/BMW-Mini-Coop...75.m4097.l9055

I had a CravenSpeed and found that it over reads due to being so floppie. Meta is stiff wire type and works great, no more worries.
That one says not to leave plugged in?
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That one says not to leave plugged in?
What? Don't see where ya got that. Anyway just noticed on 2nd look, states sold out at this time. Sorry bout that, hopefully they'll be restocked in near future.
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What? Don't see where ya got that. Anyway just noticed on 2nd look, states sold out at this time. Sorry bout that, hopefully they'll be restocked in near future.
I clicked on the first one, and it says so in the description. It also says there are 10 available..?

What about this one?

https://www.outmotoring.com/917-315-...2007-2008.html
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interwsting. I am right handed but I’ve always removed it with my left, since it’s on the left side lol
Has yours broken?
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I clicked on the first one, and it says so in the description. It also says there are 10 available..?

What about this one?

https://www.outmotoring.com/917-315-...2007-2008.html
Oh Ok, had to click on that one and saw what you were referring to. That's not the Meta dipstick but another listing in related products. States it for automatic tranny fluid check and for Mini's that didn't come with dipstick (WTF) Don't understand that listing at all. The link to outmotoring dip stick looks to be the same as Meta and should do the trick.

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I broke two dipsticks before getting the Craven one. Took some getting used to but it's been working just fine for me for over a year. After measured oil change it hits the top hole right on, so I can't personally complain on accuracy.

I think I broke my factory ones by twisting slightly as I pulled (it's hard not to, esp when it's ALWAYS stuck). The shaft split and had a spiral break both times.
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I just read your thread. Nice chronological detailed posts. You screen name cannot hide your geeky part and so are the posts and photos. I watched Halt and Catch Fire and really enjoyed it, though much less than Mad Men. I only wish it is less about internet and more about PCs as how the story first developed.

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I binge watched Halt and Catch Fire on Netflix. I had mixed feeling initially but soon got drawn in. It is surprisingly good especially on the human side of the tech pioneers. What is surprising is anyone with the right mind will invest in such production as the Guardian article "Farewell to Halt and Catch Fire, the best show that nobody watched" Mad Men has a much wider appeal for average folks and you don't have to be in the creative industry to get it.
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Has yours broken?
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I broke two dipsticks before getting the Craven one. Took some getting used to but it's been working just fine for me for over a year. After measured oil change it hits the top hole right on, so I can't personally complain on accuracy.

I think I broke my factory ones by twisting slightly as I pulled (it's hard not to, esp when it's ALWAYS stuck). The shaft split and had a spiral break both times.
so just pull straight out, no twisting?
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so just pull straight out, no twisting?
Might (?) help prolong the life. I would also wear cotton gloves and play soothing music to be safe - I gave up trying to figure them out.
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so just pull straight out, no twisting?
I still have the original dipstick. My technique is first twist the handle CW and CCW 15 degrees or so to break the bond between the o-rings and the steel tube. Then I pull it out and twist the same if necessary. As I pull the dipstick out I pay attention how the dipstick want to twist and let it twist as the tip (with a square cross section) negotiates the two severe bends of the steel tube. It has to twist as it negotiates the bends as the tip has a square cross section.

Inserting the dipstick is the same idea. I let it twist how it wants to as I insert it. This technique impart the least stress on the poor thing.

I have a few posts on the dipstick including finding the cheapest replacement. Here is one about the bends of the steel tube.

My original dipstick shows no sign of departing yet. The o-rings are a little tired.


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Might (?) help prolong the life. I would also wear cotton gloves and play soothing music to be safe - I gave up trying to figure them out.
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I still have the original dipstick. My technique is first twist the handle CW and CCW 15 degrees or so to break the bond between the o-rings and the steel tube. Then I pull it out and twist the same if necessary. As I pull the dipstick out I pay attention how the dipstick want to twist and let it twist as the tip (with a square cross section) negotiates the two severe bends of the steel tube. It has to twist as it negotiates the bends as the tip has a square cross section.

Inserting the dipstick is the same idea. I let it twist how it wants to as I insert it. This technique impart the least stress on the poor thing.

I have a few posts on the dipstick including finding the cheapest replacement. Here is one about the bends of the steel tube.

My original dipstick shows no sign of departing yet. The o-rings are a little tired.


Thanks for the tip!
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I use the Craven too - I heard it adds 5 hp as well.
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