Flexible Dipstick Installation

  1. Remove the bolt holding the factory dipstick tube to the engine and remove the original dipstick and tube. Remove and discard the rubber boot that protects the clear tube during shipping.
  2. Coat the oil pan end of the new flexible tube (the end with the larger o-rings) liberally with grease and snake the tube between the timing belt cover and the engine block (the original tube location).
  3. The tube with it's silicone o-rings fits very tightly in the oil pan but if you are worried about leakage, you can coat the o-ring area with silicone sealant instead of grease.
  4. Grab the fitting at the bottom of the tube with pliers and push the tube into the oil pan. The fitting will not seat all the way into the oil pan, seal it with silicone sealant for extra leak protection.

For 1995 and later engines

  1. Loosen the tension on the serpentine belt and remove the two bolts that hold the tensioner mounting bracket to the engine.
  2. Reinstall the bolts through the supplied bracket and the tensioner mount. Bend the bracket as required to position the dipstick handle in an accessible position.
  3. The hose clamp can now be installed through the supplied bracket and around the dipstick hose.
  4. To check the oil level, wait 5-30 seconds after inserting the dipstick, place a finger on the hose at the top of the handle, and pull the dipstick out. It should be held with the handle slightly above the height of the indicator end so the level is easily read and the oil doesn't immediately run out.
  5. The Subaru engines are not sensitive to a higher oil level than what is used with the original oil pan and dipstick so there is little concern about a too high oil level. However, the minimum level is very important and should be maintained at all times.
  6. When checking the oil, remember that very cold oil will take up to 30 seconds to stabilize its level in the dipstick tube. Hot oil takes only a few seconds.

For 1990-1994 engines

  1. Remove the right side lower 8mm bolt holding the serpentine tensioner assembly to the engine block.
  2. Reinstall the bolt through the supplied bracket and the tensioner mount. Bend the bracket as required to position the dipstick handle in an accessible position.
  3. The hose clamp can now be installed through the supplied bracket and around the dipstick hose.
  4. To check the oil level, wait 5-30 seconds after inserting the dipstick, place a finger on the hose at the top of the handle, and pull the dipstick out. It should be held with the handle slightly above the height of the indicator end so the level is easily read and the oil doesn't immediately run out.
  5. The Subaru engines are not sensitive to a higher oil level than what is used with the original oil pan and dipstick so there is little concern about a too high oil level. However, the minimum level is very important and should be maintained at all times.
  6. When checking the oil, remember that very cold oil will take up to 30 seconds to stabilize its level in the dipstick tube. Hot oil takes only a few seconds.

For SVX engines (not shown)

  1. Remove the right side 8mm bolt holding the alternator to it's bracket.
  2. Reinstall the bolt with the dipstick bracket attached.
  3. Position the bracket and hose clamp so the dipstick handle is easily reached at the license opening.