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    Default Am I a dipstick?

    Once upon a time reading a dipstick on an engine used to be pretty straightforward, wipe, reinsert, read. Trying to read the oil on our 2006 R52 MCS, man it's hard!

    I'm starting to wonder if we have an R57 dipstick too...Ö.

    Its a coiled spring type with two ferules marking max and minimum and a metal pointed end. On wiping and dipping it is clear that the tip and min marker are oil smeared, but as to where the level is after that is anyone's guess as the spring just looks oil smeared with no discernible line on it.

    So I did some Googling; all the OEM type sticks on eBay and the like for the R52/53 are the more traditional metal type (and making a big thing about not snapping), and I only saw a dipstick like mine on a video for checking an R57!! (which probably won't be the correct length being designed for the PSA engine not the Chrysler one).


    Don't really want to kill the car from Oil Starvation. So, do I have the right dipstick for the car (or has someone simply replaced a MCS dipstick for an MCS dipstick without checking the type)? If yes, any tips on how to read it?


    If no, what's the recommended replacement for the R52 MCS (OEM or aftermarket)?


    Thanks,


    Niall
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    You'll get a good R53 one on ebay, I bought a couple while back only couple of quid

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    It sounds like youíve got a cravenspeed one fitted. What colour is the plastic top of it ? I think Iíve got a new one in the garage. Going to have a clear out shortly so itís likely to be up for grabs once I get a chance to look out what i donít need.


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    Not a dipstick! The new R53 'Brando-tec' one off've eBay was a tad longer, had the graduations on the yellow plastic tip and in the first dip was able to tell me that the oil was half way between the max and min. Anyone want a R56/57 dip stick?......
    56' MINI Cooper S Convertible - Astro Black, 17" R98 Alloys, Cordoba Beige interior with heated seats, Chromed Scoop and Mirror Caps, Chili Pack, MFSW with Cruise Control and one concession to not as out the factory - Parrott MKi9000 (fitted by me!)

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