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Checked the oil in the van - very low.  That is very unusual since even at 270k miles, it burns almost none and I stay on top of it.  So when I put the dipstick back, the darn dipstick tube is loose!  I get out the trouble light and check it out - the tube comes right out, and there is a bracket with a bolt hole but no bolt.  )(*&^%$!  This must be leftover from the last timing belt change, at a garage that is now out of busyness.  I can;t see to get the thing seated, let alone ever having a prayer of getting a new bolt in there!  ()*&(&^%! 

 

And the killer is this is right next to a belt, so if that baby comes loose at speed, very bad news!

 

_)(_)(*&^!

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This is why I keep a massive collection of bolts and screws.  Just try different bolts until you determine the thread, then buy a bolt that won't bottom out.  Use a flat and a lock just to be safe.

The big challenge is going to be working blind.  I need a mirror - I might have bought one of those ages ago.  I do have some cool grabby tools that I live to use. :D  Just yesterday it was fun to use the grabber in the hardware store to get my furnace filter off the top shelf :D  I was aboot to use their ladder when I spotted the grabber. :D

 

Oh yeah - that diagram is for a 2002 - my 1999 has a curved tube, but hopefully the bolt specs are the same.

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$29k!  Are you daft? :D Going to the hardware store now to look for a bolt.  I got the tube back in aboot where the bolt hole lines up as near as I can tell, but now it shows no oil level at all. :angry: 

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$29k!  Are you daft? :D Going to the hardware store now to look for a bolt.  I got the tube back in aboot where the bolt hole lines up as near as I can tell, but now it shows no oil level at all. :angry:

I would not drive it to the store to get a new bolt with no oil in it, but that's just me.

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I would not drive it to the store to get a new bolt with no oil in it, but that's just me.

I must not have re-inserted it all the way because it first showed a touch of oil, then none.  I farmed it out to a pro (after driving ANOTHER ancient Honda to the hardware store to buy a bolt and an inspection mirror and adding a quart or so of earl for good measure). 

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That's what you get for low bidding your contractors. They have to leave something out in order to make money.

They prolly drained 3 quarts of oil out of your vehicle to run their shop heater.

While you're at it I'd check your ATF, it's prolly just CO2 & water & up their flue by now.

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