Idle changes when removing oil cap or dip stick

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Old 06-25-07, 02:47 PM
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Idle changes when removing oil cap or dip stick

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I have a 1993 Mazda MX-3 GS that I am selling. A possible buyer took a look at it and noticed that the idle changes when removing oil cap or dip stick? Is this something to be concerned about? I would think that this is not a problem given the change of oil pressure. The car does not stall, but rather the idle speed changes and comes back to normal in a few seconds after the oil cap/dip stick is removed. As far as I know, there is nothing wrong with the car.

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Mark
 
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It's perfectly normal, by removing the oil filler cap and or dipstick while engine is running, you are creating a vacuum leak which will effects on engine idling.
 
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Old 06-25-07, 06:44 PM
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Vacuum leak via the PCV system as New Guy indicates. I have never heard of anyone looking to buy a car (or for any other reason) remove either the oil filler cap or dipstick while the engine was running.
 
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Looking for "blow-by" may be.
 
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Old 06-26-07, 05:50 AM
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I suppose, but there's always going to be air movement with the engine running, so quantifying the blow-by amount would be tough, I think.
 
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