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Dip Stick Clip - Where Does it Screw on?

My 10 HP Tecumseh MTD has a clip on the dipstick but it isn't screwed or bolted on to anything. And there is also a hole on the bottom of the housing of the heater box right beside it that doesn't have any fastener on it. I tried ways to screw the two together with no luck. The shield over the engine does not have a corresponding hole in it to accept a bolt or screw. The dipstick is fine but the clip must have some function. And the heater box isn't fully secure because there's a bolt hole with no fastener. You can see exactly what I am talking about in this YouTube video at and after the 4:40 mark. Thanks everyone.


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I believe that little clip on the plastic tube gets screwed into the engine block. I think mine (different Tecumseh generation) went through a metal engine should, then into the block.

I'd be uncomfortable running without the dipstick tube secured. If it comes loose, and you don't notice (maybe it's still warming up, etc), that could spell the end of the engine.

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You're looking right at it.

For what it's worth, I've seen that screw/bolt head shear off due to corrosion. I don't think it's a big deal to run it without the clip.

The same screw sheared off in the engine on my Bolens 824, have been using it like that for 4 years and counting now.
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Itís a Phillips head 8mm self tap screw if I remember correctly


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The same screw sheared off in the engine on my Bolens 824, have been using it like that for 4 years and counting now.
That's good to know, thanks. I don't think I've pulled my tube out. The o-ring at the bottom of the tube made me assume it sealed by pushing down against the hole in the engine block. So I figured if the tube shifted up at all (such as with no clip), it could start leaking.

On my current engine, the clip's screw head broke off, and I could not remove the remnant from the engine. I had to weld a stud onto the engine shroud, and I use that to secure the tube. But it's not quite as secure as the original mount.

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Thanks guys. But what about the bolt that fastens the bottom corner of the heater box beside the dipstick. What about that one? There's no hole for it. Do I just drill one into the plate underneath it?
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Thereís one hole, one screw. Maybe the heat shrowd behind the dip stick tube is blocking the hole but it is there


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Thereís one hole, one screw. Maybe the heat shrowd behind the dip stick tube is blocking the hole but it is there


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Cheers! I'll take another look tomorrow...
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The front screw on the heater box should go through the heater box and tube clip both.
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