Broken Dipstick

I was checking my oil dipstick and when I went to put it back in the tube, it got stuck. I must have pushed a little too hard because when I pulled it back out, the little twisted section of the tip was broken off. My question is what is the best way to retrieve the broken tip and is it unsafe to drive with it down there?

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
This depends on where the tip ended up. If is is still in the dipstick tube, the tube may be removed to get the broken part out. If it made its way to the oil pan, You may need to have the pan pulled to remove the tip. Sometimes a magnet through the oil drain can remove it.

A certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, will be able to help you remove the broken piece. Good luck.

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If the dipstick is not showing an oil level, you need to add oil immediately. The amount of make-up oil you would expect to add will vary depending on the age of your car, type of engine, total mileage and driving conditions. The dipstick is your gauge for abnormally high oil consumption.
To get an idea of how much oil you need; the gap between the marks on the dipstick usually represents around 1 litre of oil, so you know that if your oil mark was at the minimum, you need around a litre to top it up. If it`s only halfway down, you probably need around half a litre.
Pour in the oil – If the dipstick measured below the “Add” line you should pour in at least half of the quart of oil. You can use a funnel or pour it directly into the hole. Avoid spilling oil on the engine, as it will smell as it burns off, and be sure to wipe up any spills with a towel.
The presence of oil and its distribution is absolutely crucial to an engines continued operation. Engines can work without oil, but the effect is so damaging they are only capable of running for less than 30 minutes until failing – and in most cases, it`s a lot quicker than that.
The oil tank level sender is located on the outside surface of the tank, which is located in the rear right fender of the 911, behind the wheel.
After adding some oil, wait about one minute for it to fully settle, then check your dipstick. If the level is still low, add the rest of your quart. In most cases, you won`t need more than that. But if you do, be sure to add it slowly to avoid accidentally using too much.
If the engine oil is below the minimum level on the dip stick, then you should get oil change service. If you have an older vehicle, then the engine will need some extra protection.
If the engine oil is below the minimum level on the dip stick, then you should get oil change service. If you have an older vehicle, then the engine will need some extra protection.

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ANSWER : This depends on where the tip ended up. If is is still in the dipstick tube, the tube may be removed to get the broken part out. If it made its way to the oil pan, You may need to have the pan pulled to remove the tip. Sometimes a magnet through the oil drain can remove it.

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