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My 83 Civic idles low often, dies at stops

There is an oil leak into the air filter only on one side (driver's front?). My husband did an engine compression check, and everything was great. He thought it may be a clogged valve (I can't find the paper on which I wrote the one, sorry. Maybe it was a PCV valve?), but a friend and his Honda repair buddy said there wasn't one on my car. We can't find our repair manual to see if they are correct.

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