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No, this has nothing to do with a politician. This is about the infamous dipstick used in the 1.5 liter turbo charged engine that exists in most of our CRVs. Over a year ago I began posting about what has become a “Sticky:” issue that shall never be mentioned anywhere else.
I know that there are numerous ways to make this sucker readable. But they all require some sort of effort on the owners part, maybe even buying a sacrificial copy. But non of these remedies would be performed by the casual dipstick dipper. Which brings me to the point of this thread.

Does anyone other than I believe that this abomination was purposefully designed to mask a flaw?
 

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No I don’t believe so. The dipstick in my 2014 Civic LX is the orange plastic monster. The dipstick in my 2013 CRV EX is a regular awesome dipstick.
 

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hammer the sucker off. I say and move on. got no issues reading it on my end can't see anyways
 

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I bet the people who designed/engineered it think it's an improvement somehow. How it is an improvement is much less clear.
 

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The dipstick is just one of several items on the Gen 5 CR-V that make me ask "why the heck would they (Honda) have done that the way they did?". :-(
 

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It's your dipstick. If you like your dipstick you can keep your dipstick. If you want to modify or change your dipstick, it's yours, you can do that too.

After scribing a line to indicate the full and add mark I knocked off the orange plastic using a chisel. This allows for much easier reading of the engine oil and collects less oil from the tube as it is transported in and out for viewing. I always check the oil in the morning before starting while the engine is still cold. That provides the most accurate reading.
 

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Today's oils are so much paler in color that I suspect they did it to make it easier to see.
 

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An extra dipstick that was relieved of its Trumpian polymeric material was only slightly improved as the sump’s access tube was designed with a curve that tends to smear the oil. In fact the questionable polycarbonate extrusion was probably added to ease transit through the torturous path.
 

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I ordered an extra one and painted it white, works great!
looks like they are only $7. cheaper and easier to buy and new one..
 

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The curved path explanation seems sensible. The indented design of the orange molding would work round the smearing. I'd like to think they tested other colors and orange was the least bad. Still, I've had the '16 Civic for 2-1/2 years now and, not that I check it often, but, when I check it I've never really felt confident I knew anything more about oil level than that it had more than the low hole.
 

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what ever happen to the knapkin trick.
 

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The orange plastic tip hangs up on various internal surfaces when removing, thus coating those internal surfaces with more oil which increases the chances of a false reading. Removing the orange plastic tip makes removing the dipstick smooth as silk......no more hang-ups on various internal surfaces. Just think of the money Honda could have saved or applied that money to taller seat belt latch.
 

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I hadn’t realized that the dipstick actually had a bend to negotiate because I always inserted it transversely for symmetry. Today when I tried to force it in on any other plane it fought back, so it definitely has to bend.

So the indented to avoid smearing scenario makes sense to me. At least the readings, assuming you can see them, are consistent no matter how often you take them. This isn’t always the case on other cars. I had a 1998 Forester that suffered from random dipstick readingitis. It too had a torturous path which resulted in random results, so I would take 5 readings and whichever reading occurred the most would win.

I may have been wrong about the conspiracy theory.

Has anyone tried filing off the ridges on only one side? I would give it a try but only to a spare for fear of weakening the monster. Imagine the damage could it cause if it fell into the sump.
 

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"Has anyone tried filing off the ridges on only one side? I would give it a try but only to a spare for fear of weakening the monster. Imagine the damage could it cause if it fell into the sump."


I did try this....it did not help
 

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"...I did try this....it did not help
I usually get my easiest reading when initially pulling the dipstick after it has sat a while, and then only on one side. Not by pulling, wiping and reinserting.
 

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I find I can read it okay if I make sure the orange indent is completely clean and dried off. I can then just look in the light at where it stops reflecting and looks dry.
 

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