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harley506d and Folkie -

UPDATE: The first few times I inserted and removed the HD solid, non-popup analog thermometer oil cap dipstick (Whew, what a mouthful!) I had to use the Channel Locks for the final bite. It's like a radiator cap in a car: find the slots, insert the cap and turn until the first stop, and then push and turn with great force until the final stop.

However, after going for a 50-mile ride (By the way, I averaged 185 degrees F, on a 70 degree and sunny day.) the turning became easier to the point that I can now do it by hand. Right now, it takes two hands but it is getting easier. I'm guessing the slot edges or the pegs are smoothing off. Whatever the reason, it is getting better!

HD should have made this new design in the first place without the popup feature and with a sold body that won't crack. The thermometer is just icing on the cake.

Thanks again for your help and patience.
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Have you put a coating of oil on the o ring? If not that might help.
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Yep, I always lube O-rings on everything from oil filters to screws.
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