Having just had some issues with a new 'Dipstick' Oil Temp Sender, I thought I would post some details on here, in case anyone in future has the same experiences.
The patient was a 72 DoubleCab that we recently rescued from a VW graveyard, with a standard 1600tp. The car had an oil temperature gauge fitted from its previous life but no sender.
After some investigation I went with a dipstick oil sender, as the car would need no fiddly modifications...just change the dipstick, wire it up, and go. I did find it hard finding a supplier of these senders as (I was told at 2 places) VDO don't make the senders anymore (unsure how factual that is). The Bus Stop had stocks of the sender, and I bought it from there.
I had some issues fitting the sender, hence this post.
- the dipstick was too long (as far as I was concerned), it was around twice the length of the normal dipstick. Subsequently, the collar came nowhere near the top of the oil sleeve. Advice came that the collar section of the dipstick is adjustable, which it was (small screw that I didn't see), and you can adjust if accordingly. Worked well.
- the length of the dipstick sender meant that the top ended up hanging around in the engine bay. Result - dipstick top rested against the generator pulley. Obviously not a good idea. Using some plastic straps I gently flexed the sender to one side and attached it to some air pipe, thus moving it away from the pulley by a few cm. The dipstick seems to have a bit of give in it, luckily.
- hint from Roy - keep your original dipstick in the engine bay, as the sender dipstick does not have graduated markings when checking your oil. Use your original dipper for oil checks, then reinstall your sender.
Roadtest has been successful, I don't yet know how the temps will be for the Kombi as most of the driving since has been sub-zero, but time will tell. The temp is registering on the gauge, therefore its working - thats all that counts.
The back-up support from the Bus Stop has been great, Roy has messaged me a number of times until we got this figured out. He also contacted his overseas supplier to get the right info. Big thanks to Roy.
If you're looking at running an oil temp gauge, I reckon a dipstick sender is an easy way to go.