I finally was able to pull the dip stick tube out of the block. It released after moving it back and forth and pulling on top. I used gloves and grasped tight from the top and pulled real hard until it finally released. After removing it, I used a cut straight section of a coat hanger to ream out the broken plastic dipstick collar piece. It fell right out. The o-ring near the bottom of tube looked intack so I just reinserted the tube back into the block. This was accomplished by alternating my position back and forth from underneath and then on top to make sure it was situated in the pan hole before shoving it back in from the top (standing over the car). I'll frequently monitor underneath the car any resulting leakage. There appeared to be no leaks afterwards. However, the Walmart oil change technician said that the pan was leaking when he performed a subsequent oil change and that it was 2 quarts overfilled. I hope the overfilling didn't damage the engine (it was driven about 200 miles overfilled, unable to check the with clogged tube). As for the alledged oil pan leak I haven't seen any spots on the driveway the pass couple of days. But I'll continue to monitor for that also. Finally I just want to say thanks Doc Crankenwench for your help about being careful with the o-ring the tip about moving the tube back and forth.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 AT 10:33 PM