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Old 06-15-2021, 09:25 PM #1
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After market dipstick?

Are there any aftermarket dipsticks available? 4Runnerís dipstick is so poor designed that every time I check the oil level, I have to pull it out and wait for at least 10 minutes then insert it into the tube to get the correct level. Really annoying. My MB Ďs dipstick is so much better even with synthetic oil.
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Are there any aftermarket dipsticks available? 4Runnerís dipstick is so poor designed that every time I check the oil level, I have to pull it out and wait for at least 10 minutes then insert it into the tube to get the correct level. Really annoying. My MB Ďs dipstick is so much better even with synthetic oil.
So how is changing the dipstick going to shorten your wait time?

What is there some majic fast acting dipstick your MB used?

Please explain!
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Guess how i know you cant operate a toyota dipstick?
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OP is basically right. Dipstick sucks because it rubs on the tube when removing or replacing. The only way I can get an accurate reading is to check it after it’s been sitting for hours and then you’ve go one shot. If you don’t have this problem you’re lucky.
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Yes, I know how to check the oil level with a dipstick. Itís just the design that makes it very difficult to check. You have to pull it out and let it sit for at least 10min so the oil in the tube clears. Otherwise itís everywhere on the wall and you canít tell where is the line. The picture I posted is a MB dipstick that has a thick and brown plastic tip that prevents it from rubbering the wall. It works much better than Toyotaís.
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The engineering problem is not with dipstick but in dipstick tube that is too small in diameter. Changing stick wont improve your results.
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Are there any aftermarket dipsticks available? 4Runnerís dipstick is so poor designed that every time I check the oil level, I have to pull it out and wait for at least 10 minutes then insert it into the tube to get the correct level. Really annoying. My MB Ďs dipstick is so much better even with synthetic oil.
You are spot on. My e550 was super easy to read and service. I could change the oil (using an extractor) and filter all from top with zero mess and it took maybe 15 minutes tops.
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Unfortunately nothing. I like the "scoop" style dipstick on my uncle's Accord but Toyota has moved forward past useful dipsticks.
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This is probably my biggest gripe with the 4Runner as well. I guess that's saying something lol.

I think the problem is a combination of the blade style dipstick, the narrow/long/winding tube that smears oil everywhere inside, and really thin/light colored oil. You really only get one shot with fresh-ish oil before you basically can't read the level.

Like you, I find my e36 M3's dipstick very easy to read because it also has a plastic end piece, a short/straight tube, and thick-ish oil which doesn't run and smear all over the inside of the tube. Even my 3rd Gen 4Runner's dipstick was a cinch to read with it's short length and thicker oil.
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i think the combination of the flat blade and smooth surface hurts the oils ability to cling to the stick (that sounds dirty).....

I think I may try scribing some hash marks in it with a carbide scribe....maybe that would help more oil cling, making it easier to read...just a thought.
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Having owned a 4th gen, the day after I got my '20 I ran the last two inches of the dipstick (both sides) across my bench grinder stone. It helps some, but not much. Maybe a little bit with the reading in that area, but as noted, it's the long swipe of oil from the tube that distorts the reading the most.
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You can rough up and scratch hash marks into the blade so the oil has a chance to stick better. But one side of the blade always gets a smear.
Good thing these beasts use so little oil. After an oil change Iíve never had to top off the oil level.
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Are there any aftermarket dipsticks available?
Clearly, we need an Overland Dipstick - $250, but on sale with free shipping and 10% off. Zero functional difference, but the buyers will be so invested that they will swear it is better.
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While there appears to be consensus regarding difficulty in reading 4Runner oil level, enthusiasm for gourmet dispsticks apparently lags.
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