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Hi Anthony, I assume your question is 'How long is a dipstick?' If so the answer is the same for 'How long is a piece of string?'. 'However long it needs to be'. The length of a dipstick isn't significant. The markings etched into the dipstick close to the lower end enable you to gauge whether the volume of oil in the reservoir is sufficient to enable proper functioning of the system whether it be the power steering, transmission or engine.

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    What I said is the length of the correct dipstick is insignificant because the manufacturer makes it the right length so all you need to be concerned with is the oil level on the dipstick of whatever length that came with your car. I have no idea how long my car's sump dipstick is, it's nothing to do with me. What is significant is that it's the right dipstick but measuring the thing 1,000 times won't tell me that.

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Go to your local dealer and order the one for your make and model of car. They are not very expensive and then you will have the right on or go to local salvage yard to find one for a few dollars.

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