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Product Review: Lokar Oil/Transmission Locking Dipsticks VIDEO

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Lokar Anchor-Tight Locking Flexible Engine Dipstick Installation Instructions By the Numbers, With the one and only “Pimp-O-Licious” Wesley Butler…yes, yes it is ALL about the hat

Step 1: Clean the dipstick opening in the engine block, oil pan or timing cover, making sure it is free from all debris or burrs….No need to worry on our installation, “Pimp-O-Licious” is in the final stages of completing his off-season upgrades so his LS was already out of the 3rd-Gen and clean.

Step 2: Most Lokar Dipsticks are engine-specific. Be sure to install the correct dipstick for your particular application. Remove the handle and inner measuring cable from the dipstick tube assembly. If the bottom fitting of the dipstick tube assembly pushes into the engine block, pan, or timing cover, it is advisable to put a small amount of silicone sealer on the shoulder of the bottom fitting. If the bottom fitting threads in, apply Teflon tape or thread sealant to the threads. If there are o-rings on the bottom fitting, lubricate them lightly with engine oil. Install the dipstick tube assembly into the dipstick opening on the engine block, pan, or timing cover.…and done.

Step 3: Route the dipstick tube assembly up through the exhaust manifold/header (or front accessory brackets on some applications) as straight as possible and secure the upper mounting bracket to an existing manifold/header bolt (or cylinder head accessory bolt). Make sure the braided stainless steel part of the dipstick tube assembly is not touching the exhaust at any point.…and at this point we think “Pimp-O-Licious” started to goof off a little bit.

Step 4: Insert the handle and inner measuring cable fully into the dipstick tube assembly. The retaining sleeve MUST be pushed down in order for the handle and inner measuring cable to be fully inserted. Fill the engine with the appropriate amount of oil for your particular application. Verify that the oil level is at the FULL mark on the inner measuring cable. If it is not, call Lokar Technical Support for assistance. If the oil level reads correctly, return the handle and inner measuring cable into the dipstick tube assembly, making sure that the handle is locked into place.that’s wrapped up and now onto the next part of this review.

…Time to install the transmission dipstick

Step 1: Clean the dipstick opening on the transmission, making sure it is free from all debris or burrs....well, they don’t call me the Janitor for nothing..I’ll clean all that over there for two dollars. 

Step 2: Drain the transmission fluid and remove the transmission fluid pan….Is this a test?

Step 3, Firewall Mount and Transmount Only: Remove the pan fitting from the bottom end of the new dipstick tube assembly. All: Remove the pan nut from the pan fitting. Lubricate the rubber push-in grommet with clean transmission fluid. Install the pan fitting and rubber push-in grommet (as received) into the transmission. (This should be a tight fit). Screw the pan nut onto the pan fitting and torque to 20 inch-pounds. Do Not Over-tighten! TH400 Note: When installing the pan nut on a TH400, rotate the nut until one of the flats on the nut is parallel to the pan rail. This will allow the pan to be installed without interference from the nut. Powerglide Note: A tapered washer is supplied with all Powerglide Dipsticks. This washer needs to be installed on the pan fitting and rotated until the pan nut has a square surface to tighten up against. Torque to 20 inch-pounds. Do Not Over-tighten! Ford and Chrysler Note: Some transmission cases have limited space in this area and there will not be enough room to turn the pan nut. You will need to screw the pan fitting into the pan nut instead. This can be done by using the 1/2″ hex installation tool (supplied with Dipsticks that need it). Insert the end of the installation tool with the largest chamfer into the top of the pan fitting. Push it down until it slips past the o-ring inside the fitting. Use a 1/2″ socket to rotate the pan fitting into the pan nut. Torque to 20 inch-pounds. Do Not Over-tighten!...we love the Do Not Over-tighten repeated throughout this instruction manual

 

Step 4, Firewall Mount and Transmount Only: Insert the dipstick tube assembly into the pan fitting, making sure it clicks into place. The lower retaining sleeve MUST be pushed down in order for the dipstick tube assembly to be fully inserted in the pan fitting.

Step 5, Firewall Mount: Route the dipstick tube assembly to the desired location (firewall, inner fender, etc.) and install the mounting bracket using two screws of your choice (not included). Make sure the dipstick tube assembly is not touching the exhaust at any point. Transmount: Install the mounting bracket onto the bell housing using the appropriate existing bell housing bolt. Make sure the dipstick tube assembly is not touching the exhaust at any point. Powerglide Note: Some aftermarket Powerglide cases require a spacer to be used between the case and the new mounting bracket. A 3/16″ aluminum spacer is provided in the kit for this purpose. Also, verify that the mounting bolt (not included) being used to hold the bracket and spacer in place is the correct length.

Step 6: The amount of transmission fluid that is required can vary greatly depending on your specific situation and combination of components (fluid cooler, torque converter, transmission pan, etc.). Check with the manufacturer(s) to determine approximately how much transmission fluid will be required for your particular situation and combination of components. Using an automotive funnel, fill the transmission with the appropriate amount of fluid. Return the dipstick handle and inner measuring cable into the dipstick tube assembly (or pan fitting if Direct Mount), being sure that the handle is snapped down in its locked position when checking the fluid level. The upper retaining sleeve MUST be pushed down in order for the handle and inner measuring cable to be fully inserted. This will ensure that the transmission fluid is at the appropriate level. Now this is where we found some “haters” on social media who claimed that Lokar messed up their transmissions, it was all their fault, but come on…if your not checking the length of the stick and making sure it’s reading correctly – sorry, but that’s on you, the consumer, to FOLLOW the directions and make sure you got it right…

We really did not need to put this photo inside this review, but we already said it – it’s ALL ABOUT THE HAT

Notes from “Pimp-o-Licious” himself…“Thanks to Dennis at Cars Illustrated Magazine and connecting Team 260/myself with Lokar Motorsports and the opportunity to put a few of their products on my the 3rd-Gen. Both are great quality pieces and come packaged with installation instructions and a Lokar Motorsports decal to boot. The engine oil dipstick was easy to install and the locking feature will insure that the dipstick will never push out due to crank case pressure”. “Pimp-o-Licious” added..the transmission dipstick was also easy to install, we simply dropped the pan and pushed the trans side piece into the trans and tightened it down with the aluminum nut provided. Then installed the dipstick hose in the trans side piece and drilled holes in the firewall to mounts the top part of the dipstick. The great thing about the trans dipstick is that you can take the hose off and put the stubby cap on when you need to transport the trans out of the car and once again the dipstick and will never push out under pressure”

Its this type of thing you will see more of here at Cars Illustrated and we were happy to team up with Wesley and Team260 for the content – look for more, but like Billy Mays always says…WAIT THERE’S MORE, now the Janitor – yours truly, has been doing on-screen videos for the automotive industry for many years and it’s kinda my thing, but when you get some good old fashion cars guys to point a camera at those who don’t stand in front of thousands of people, several times a year – you get this video….and with that we say “Pimp-o-Licious” Wesley Butler, you are a rockstar – enjoy and thanks…

 -the Janitor
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