Oct 15 2012

Dipstick design

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It might not be readily apparent from this photo of my dirty engine, but you are looking at an example of very good design. The small sliver of yellow you see is the dipstick. It was handy enough coloring it yellow for ease of finding it among all the black and gray of the engine compartment, but more important is the piece of metal obstructing it. The designers appear to have intentionally place the prop rod for the hood right in the way of the dipstick so that you would be forced to prop the hood up properly (and safely) in order to check the oil, just in case you might be otherwise inclined to simply lift the hood with one hand and pull the dipstick with the other.

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