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It all depends how much you can save. $23, I bought mine from SG motorsport, brake pad spreader, spark plug wrench and oil filter wrench, Ohlord's neighbor and $11 shipping. Since I have S & E, these tools are very handy indeed for DIY.

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Benzo you should follow sixbangers advice if you are on a tight budget. Seems pretty good assuming you have cold and hot level markings on the wire. When times are tough sometimes we have to improvise (Gregs210) isn't that the American way?

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Hey, I made mine too...how do you think I know about the cheap drain tool having the ideal spring coils? There's nothing wrong with making one as long as you are careful about it.

But having the tool properly marked off is only half the battle. The OP is also talking about guessing at the temperature. At that point what does it matter what you're using for a dipstick tool or how you mark it off? Unless you have a leak just leave it alone...that's even cheaper and less time-consuming than making a dipstick tool, right?

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My overall point, which seems to have flown by everyone, is that performing maintenance incorrectly is *not* maintenance. You may as well instead go to the beach and move some sand around between a couple of buckets and say "Yep, the ATF level is good."

Bottom line: If you're going to do it, do it properly. If you're not, then take it somewhere that they will do it properly. Or ignore it until it breaks and costs you extra. Always your choice.
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I would have to agree with Greg, when i decide to do something myself i like to do it the proper way and no half ass jobs..Now with that said i dont think there is anything wrong with making tools like the dipstick in question here. Paying more $ for something does not make it better. As long as one is technically
inclined and feels comfortable making such tools then why not.

I personally love to improvise on things like this and at this point i am thinking about picking up a generic dipstick make it the right length (1220mm) and just making the markings with a blade for 25' and 80' as shown in the following pic.
i dont see why that will not work??

what do u guys think?
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Apparently I do need to repeat myself...

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Fluid level is directly tied to fluid temperature.

Fluid level is directly tied to fluid temperature.

Fluid level is directly tied to fluid temperature.

(Let me know if you need to read that a few more times.)

The accuracy of the dipstick is irrelevant if you don't know the temperature of the fluid. Capice?
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The accuracy of the dipstick is irrelevant if you don't know the temperature of the fluid. Capice?
Hi Greg,
I fully understand that ATF level has to be measured at the right temperature and i actually plan on using this laser i picked up sometime back by point it on the pan to get the ATF temp.. I do apologize if i didnt mention this before but if you look at my first post i stated that i will be driving the car for abt 30 mins to get to temp up to the 80c.

Anyways thanks for your input. didn't mean to annoy anyone.

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Hi Greg,
I fully understand that ATF level has to be measured at the right temperature and i actually plan on using this laser i picked up sometime back by point it on the pan to get the ATF temp.. I do apologize if i didnt mention this before but if you look at my first post i stated that i will be driving the car for abt 30 mins to get to temp up to the 80c.

Anyways thanks for your input. didn't mean to annoy anyone.

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Hey, Farhan. Good that you're checking the actual temp; that's the first time you mentioned that you were going to check it properly.

All you'd mentioned was driving around, and my point was that since there is no thermostat in the trans cooler, if it's cold outside you're not actually warming up the fluid past a certain point (and you'd probably never get to 80c, with the result that you'd overfill it). Better to go for a short drive and let it idle somewhere, maybe even a fast idle with part of the radiator blocked if necessary (cardboard is useful for this) so you can get the ATF up to 80c.

Good luck.
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Thanks Greg,
It's my bad i should've mentioned the laser in my previous post.
Anyways thanks alot for all the help guys, i'll keep u guys posted.

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Hello

I have this dipstick Really professional tool AND CHEAP I use this tool in my workshop!

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Mine is non-professional and very cheap, $2, made out of 1/4" polyurethane tubing bought from Home Depot so I called it diptube. I keep the diptube in a plastic bag so dust can't bother it. Note the red duct tape marking, it's 90cm/~3ft from one end when it reaches the bottom of the pan.
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You gotta give those [slur omitted] their due-----they make great sausage and dip sticks. Now that's competitive advantage at its best.

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Nice.

You really should be ashamed of yourself. I'm not sure that would even fly in OT, but it's clearly inappropriate here.

I have no idea what your heritage is -- nor does it matter -- but would you like people to criticize you in such an ugly manner?

Rest assured that you speak only for yourself with such hateful, insipid, puerile and useless comments. I'd prefer that you check yourself and be helpful, but if you cannot conduct yourself here with a modicum of decency and fair manners, please leave. Whatever knowledge you have brought to the forum is more than erased by such posts.
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