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97 Trep 3.3L oil light flicker in gear

Just purchased another 97 Intrepid for my eldest daughter today. Car shows 113,000 miles on the clock. Runs nice and smooth, no engine noise but, the oil light will ocassionally flicker. I'm guessing the sending unit needs changed. Any way of confirming this before I buy the part? Also, when I first noticed the flicker, I shut the car off, and went to pull out the dip stick, and the darn T-Handle on the dip stick broke off in my hand. Grrrr! Now how do I get that darn thing out? Any tricks, suggestions? Can I buy a dip stick at the parts store or, do I need to go to the JY?
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if the plastic is broken in the tube u can try to screw a drywall screw into the plasitc to get the rest of the stick out. or if you want put a dab of crazy glue on a dowel stick and put it onto the plastic piece to try to pull the rest of the dipstick out. hope this info can help u out. i would go to the yard and get one. It will have to match your engine depth. So that you never over flow or go under in oil on the markings of the stick
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if the plastic is broken in the tube u can try to screw a drywall screw into the plasitc to get the rest of the stick out. or if you want put a dab of crazy glue on a dowel stick and put it onto the plastic piece to try to pull the rest of the dipstick out. hope this info can help u out. i would go to the yard and get one. It will have to match your engine depth. So that you never over flow or go under in oil on the markings of the stick
+1 on the screw. I did the same and used the claw end of a hammer for leverage to pull out mine when it broke. I replaced mine for less than $10 at a stealership before they closed. It might not be worth looking through a yard for a used one since the plastic gets brittle and breaks at the most inopportune time.
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As far as the oil light flicker, you might try adding a quart of oil since it might be low. Worked for me. My 3.3 came with the wrong (too long) dip stick, one from a 3.5, that would always read full when, in fact, it was empty.

Sometimes daughters are not in a habit on oil checking which could be the equivalent of having the wrong dip stick.
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As far as the oil light flicker, you might try adding a quart of oil since it might be low. Worked for me. My 3.3 came with the wrong (too long) dip stick, one from a 3.5, that would always read full when, in fact, it was empty.

Sometimes daughters are not in a habit on oil checking which could be the equivalent of having the wrong dip stick.
I wouldn't do this. You might overfill the engine and cause some serious damage. I have the EXACT same thing as you (112K on my car as well...broken dip stick and all!). I have been driving around with the light flickering sometimes at stops after extended driving for about 2K miles now. I am fairly sure it is the sensor, like you said. No noise, or rough driving or anything. If I see it at a stop light, I just slip it into N which brings the RPMS up by about 100 and the light goes out.
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To update this thread... Got the broken dipstick out easily with a small pick with a 90* bend at the end. Actually found a brand new dipstick at the local dealership in stock for $8.94. Replaced the sender, no more light flicker. The old sender was leaking and had leaked out a qt. of oil. While I was at it, I replaced a bad window switch on the pass. side front with a used one I'd saved from a 93 Eagle Vision TSI I had parted out some yrs. ago., and a blown front driverside speaker.
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