View Full Version : Oil from dipstick tube

06-04-2005, 10:15 PM
I checked the engine oil level with the car running and a small amount of oil kept spraying out of the tube. Is this normal? If not what would cause this problem?

06-04-2005, 10:32 PM
Totally normal.
When the engine is running, oil is spraying all over the inside of the engine.
Same thing will happen if you take the fill cap off.

Why were you checking it when it was running?

06-04-2005, 11:35 PM
maybe he thought it was his tranny ... hehehe j/k

06-05-2005, 01:27 AM
Werd, its totally normal..If you take the top off the valve cover, then it will also shoot out oil. It should at least, If it doesnt then you have some problems..But nothing to be worried about with what you experienced.

06-05-2005, 02:30 AM
Same thing will happen if you take the fill cap off.

AFFIRMATIVE. One time I accidentally left the cap off after an oil change.... :owned:

Luis C
06-05-2005, 04:35 AM
Yeap... something similar happened to me except that the a-hole who was changing the filter left the dipstick out (on a 3S-GE the dipstick is right in front of the oil filter) turned the engine on... thing looked like the Ceasars Palace Hotel fountain of oil :owned:

06-05-2005, 04:46 AM
Thanks guys. For some reason I thought PCV bad. Now I'll be able to sleep better tonight. I always check the oil with the engine running after an oil change and I've never noticed it.

06-05-2005, 05:28 PM
Yup, that's normal. The sump of the engine gets a little bit of pressure due to blowby during combustion. It's usually relieved via the PCV valve through the oil return galleys in the head.