MT 500 dipstick

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MT 500 dipstick

Post by Woody » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:58 pm

Hi All, I'm new to owning an MT, I've recently purchased an Armstrong MT500 and I'm curious as to how to accurately check the oil level, as my 500 doesn't have a dipstick attached to the filler cap, would it be possible to use the dipstick out of the blue mt 350 my partner owns
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by Vtrsp1da » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:02 pm

No the 500 and 350 are a different size
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by Woody » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:11 pm

Could anyone tell me then the correct length of the dipstick or is it possible to buy a filler cap with the dipstick attached,
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by hounddog » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:02 pm

Just measured mine . 350 is 18cm. 500 is 13cm . You could dip it with a pencil of correct length I suppose

If you are happy you have enough oil to run safely , Run the engine and get it nice and warm then dip the oil when hot. When cold it is common for oil to drain back into sump and if you fill up when cold to the dipstick mark you will overfill it and a horrible mess will ensue when you start up ! It's a common MT owners been there got the t shirt experience !

On a new acquisition , best advice is drain the oil and put fresh in of correct quantity anyway and new filter
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by Bonnielad » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:47 pm

When buying a replacement the dipstick is on the cap. I suspect your cap might be from something else that just happened to fit. If you buy a new one from LMS or Force it should come complete.
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by mt bandit » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:45 am

Woody wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:58 pm
Hi All, I'm new to owning an MT, I've recently purchased an Armstrong MT500 and I'm curious as to how to accurately check the oil level, as my 500 doesn't have a dipstick attached to the filler cap, would it be possible to use the dipstick out of the blue mt 350 my partner owns
I've probably got a spare I'd be happy to swap for a few beer tokens ..pm me if interested. And I'll check tonight
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by Bonnielad » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:44 pm

Not THAT sort of spare dipstick Mick!
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by lardmarc » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:53 pm

Bonnielad wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:47 pm
I suspect your cap might be from something else that just happened to fit.
It could just be a cap that the rod, bar, thingy has fallen out of. I've got a couple of those.
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by mt bandit » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:38 pm

Bonnielad wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Not THAT sort of spare dipstick Mick!
You dip stick Rodney
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Re: MT 500 dipstick

Post by arceye » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:04 pm

Oh, saw the title and thought we were slagging off Lardmarc... :?
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