2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Corvette Z06: Screwy Dipstick

October 04, 2010

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As I was refueling our Corvette, I decided to check the oil level while I waited. I usually wrap a rag around the top of the dipstick tube to squeegee the oil as I pull the dipstick out, but all of the twists in the 'Vette's metal blade complicated my usual routine. No big deal, though, as there was little to no oil until I got down to the last couple of inches. Manufacturers put these twists in dipsticks to allow it to snake its way past bends in the dipstick tube on its way into the oil pan. With as many twists as the Corvette's has, I'm assuming it has to follow a pretzel-shaped path. Re-instering the dipstick is a bit like feeding a wet noodle into a keyhole. The level was fine, though the oil was starting to look a little dark.

On a side note, the Forza 3 Hot Lap standings have not changed since the last post, though I have improved my lap time to 1:34.188.

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