Magnetic dipstick

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Magnetic dipstick

Postby MikeNash » Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:27 pm

Dear all,
Had a real "Brian Wave" recently and magnetised the steel dipstick in my brand new Lidl lawnmower, and after only an hour's running time see below for the metal that I wiped off the tip of the dipstick. More than I expected! I magnetized the stick by stroking it several times one way with another magnet, one of those cheap neodymium magnets that you can glue into your drain plugs.

So the obvious next step was to magnetize the dipstick in my 1098 Traveller. I've already got a wrap around set of magnets circling the oil filter and another one in the drain plug (in my opinion you can't have too many magnets in the system) but the special point of a magnetic dipstick is to have the advantage of something that's easily and frequently inspected. I'll let you know what it picks up.

Regards to all, MikeN.
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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby Sleeper » Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:31 am

" in my opinion you can't have too many magnets in the system "

I'm with you on that , looking forward to the updates...

John ;-)

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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby alanworland » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:27 am

What a 'stroke' of genius!
It should get less as I think most of will be machining debris.

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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby geoberni » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:57 am

The debris from the Lidl lawnmower is to be expected.
Such devices are barely run at the end of production, just enough to make sure they work, so bound to be some production debris present.
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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby les » Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:07 pm

Without wanting to appear negative, I wonder if some metal debris might be dragged off the dipstick, when withdrawn, if there is little tolerance between the fit of block to stick.


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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby jagnut66 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:57 pm

Magnetic drain plug is a good idea though.
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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby Sleeper » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:28 pm

les wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:07 pm
Without wanting to appear negative, I wonder if some metal debris might be dragged off the dipstick, when withdrawn, if there is little tolerance between the fit of block to stick.
If so,it'll just end up back where it's been all this time...

John ;-)

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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby les » Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:04 pm

If it sinks to the bottom before getting sucked through the oil pump. :wink:


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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby Sleeper » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:06 pm

No, I meant

" If so,it'll just end up back where it's been all this time..." , in the engine oil...

John ;-)

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Re: Magnetic dipstick

Postby les » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:50 pm

Ah right, I’m with you now. :D



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