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It's a beautiful day here in Nebraska so I thought I would get the 220 (mowing tractor) ready to go. I pulled the dip stick to check the oil and....there's no stick under the cap! It was there a month ago when I ran it to keep the battery up.

Any ideas on how to get it out of the engine with out taking the motor apart? And what are the odds that it didn't do any damage?

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I suppose...... it's all about how you look at things.

Pulling the engine is not a big deal. Removing the oil pan is not a big deal either. Finding the missing dipstick will be easy.

Concluding that no damage was done will also be easy. Putting everything back together isn't a big deal either.

Suppose that you don't do the above? Suppose that the dipper on the end of the rod got damaged? Suppose that the engine starves for oil, thanks to that damage? Suppose the rod breaks in two and then puts a hole in the side of the block?


Nahhhhhhh. Can't happen to you, now can it? After all, don't your friends call you Mr. Lucky? :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh:
 

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Tom, you're telling me the same things that I've been telling myself for the last two and a half hours but that's not what I really wanted to hear. :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh:
 

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I'd grab it with a magnet, then load it up and head to a few local engine shops to see if they will peer into the crankase with one of those little cameras on a flexible shaft. You should be able to easily see if your dipper is intact.

We got one of them at work now, and while its a cheaper one, you sure can look around in tight spots with it.

Of course if your dipstick comes out in hammered up bits and pieces, I'd be looking hard to make sure no pieces are left behind, and also feeling the bearings by hand to see if any bits got hammered into the bearing races.

If all looks fairly good, RUN IT. Its just a kohler.... easy to rebuild if and when necessary.
 

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ByCo, The Hydriv person has a very good point, a little time and a pan gasket now could mean a lot later on. Grummy also has a good idea and one that I would try first, If you could get a good look with a mini cam you might come out ok.

my opinion, George
 

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You could buy a 10$ web cam, and strip off the plastic casing. the actual camera eye is about the size of a quarter, and it might just fit down the hole. You could drain the oil, and have a look around in there.

Or pull the pan. That's what a sensible person would do.

But I'd go for the webcam myself!!! :sidelaugh:
 
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