Broken Dipstick...help!
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300 HPE
Joined: 02 Mar 2021
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Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:54 pm quote
Hi everyone,

I have a Piaggio 300 HPE and after topping the oil up and replacing the dipstick - the tip broke off and fell in...is this a major problem to ride with - obviously would be better to not be in there - but will I damage anything by riding or will the plastic tip have been caught by a filter guard/just sit in the tank or something and it be ok?

Any help and advice would be much appreciated!

Thanks all👍
Ossessionato
Gilera Fuoco 500ie
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Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:45 am quote
chance theoil and see if it comes out if not remove flywheel cover and search for it
Ossessionato
LXV 150 3v ie. Midnight Blue (Sold)
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Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:51 am quote
Leave it. It is softer than everything else in there. Plastics are made from oil. If it gets hot enough and physically stressed enough it will revert to type.
Ossessionato
Gilera Fuoco 500ie
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Location: Netherlands Olst
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:57 am quote
nope your oilpump does have a plastic sprocked wheel connected to the crankshaft

i have seen broken dipsticks eat teeths of this oilpump it takes only 2 to teath to break off to stop the pump
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
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Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:11 pm quote
I'd swear there's a strainer that would stop it from getting sucked into the pump....
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Gilera Fuoco 500ie
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Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:26 am quote
there is but the dip did fall in the otherside of the guard so it still able to get in to the sprocket
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300 HPE
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Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:42 am quote
Ok, thanks for all your help and advice guys. I'll take a look at doing an oil change and hopefully the bit will flush out!

Cheers👍
Hooked
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
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Location: Belgium
Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:13 am quote
Here's what I would do.

1) Drain the engine oil, remove the strainer element and leave the drain plug out to allow some light into the sump. Shine a bright light source into the drain hole if possible.

2) Use a endoscope from the fill hole to try to locate the broken off piece.

3) Once located, get a grabber tool (the skinny flex type with 3 prongs) and a helper. While helper holds the endoscope within your field of vision, you try to fish for the broken piece with the grabber tool.

This will be a bit frustrating, but you don't want FOD inside your engine. FOD (foreign object debris) is the #1 enemy for any mechanical device, whether it be a multi million dollar airplane engine, a lawnmower engine, or anything in between (like the MP3). Doesn't matter if the debris is made from plastic, metal, recycled chewing gun, or even air in certain cases.
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