REPLACING OUR VW BUS DIPSTICK BOOT

by | 2018 | The Lills, VW Bus

Some people say that VW buses will always drip a little oil, but with proper seals, parts and installation, a VW bus motor shouldn’t leave that unwanted breadcrumb trail of drip marks.

After the complete motor overhaul on our 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia, there wasn’t a sign of dripping. About 6,000 miles later however, we did notice we were having to fill up the oil too often and we started to see oil hitting the ground after driving long distances. After checking all of the seals and gaskets, the culprit turned out to be our old dipstick boot.

VW Bus Dipstick Boot Repair - The Lills

This small piece of rubber can be the answer to an unidentifiable drip on a VW bus. It’s placement makes it very hard to see any wear the boot may have and accessing it is not easy.

Once we were sure it was the dipstick boot that needed replacing, we got out the tools and went to work. The dipstick boot’s location is tricky, but with a long screwdriver for leverage and a pair of thin medical clamps, were were able to take off the old dipstick boot and put on the new one. Remember to take out the dipstick before trying to remove the boot, it’s a common mistake and the boot won’t come off with the dipstick still in.

VW Bus Dipstick Boot Repair - The Lills

We’d recommend putting high temperature zip ties on the top and bottom of the new boot to secure its position. It helps to put these on loosely before installing the boot and tightening afterward, using the medical clamps or needle nose pliers. Now that the dipstick boot is replaced, our VW bus motor is drip-free and happy as can be!

*Oil is the life-blood of VW Buses and needs to be changed every 1,500-3,000 miles. Check out our VW Bus Oil Change post here!

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