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Universal m430...Simple Question.

this is a very simple question if you happen to be looking at a universal m4 30. I simply need to know what is the length from the end of the dipstick to the top of the stopper. My stopper has come lose and unbelievibly there is no mark or discoloration hinting as to where it was....obviously that leaves me without the possibility measuring my oil accuratly. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: Universal m430...Simple Question.

I don't have an M4-30.

But if I had a question about my dipstick I would change the oil - making sure I get as much oil as possible out of the engine - then fill with the specified volume of oil.

After filling with oil:

- insert the dipstick and check the level on it...repeating as needed until the dipstick is wet to the full level...using care to note the relationship between the stick and the engine entry hole at each checking.

- and then permanently mark the stick at the point where the stick and entry hole are in the proper relationship. You will never have to worry about the little cap moving again.
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Re: Universal m430...Simple Question.

That is a good logical reply. In fact it was the first thing that I did. But after doing it I was convinced that I hadn't gotten all of the old well out. And I'm not sure that I actually can. So since I am unable to Be sure, And we all know the dangers of overfilling a diesel with oil. I'm just looking for somebody That can give me that measurement... Thank you again
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Re: Universal m430...Simple Question.

You could order a new dipstick. Probably a bit pricy from Universal, but cheaper from a Kubota dealer if you know the model.
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Re: Universal m430...Simple Question.

I agree. A new dipstick would seem the most consistent way to go. I would if it was my boat.

This may help identifying your equivalent Kubota engine.

Universal 5432 & M40 engine information

If there si ANY question about the integrity of the dipstick "plug" just get a new one. I bought one for our M25 from a Universal dealer (tres expensive) in 1999 for well less than $50.

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