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Oil Dipstick dipstick keeps breaking at full line, have replaced three to date. had oil pan replaced prior to problem starting

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I would say that replacing oilpan was the cause of this problem and if the machanics shop was to instal a oil pan from an aftermarket company not the oem origional equipment there might be an issue with this dipstick tube on this paticular aftermarket part that was installed suggest to remove oil pan and inspect for inperfections near or around filler tube acess hole maybe gasket or silicone builup an that area
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