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Old 05-17-2010, 07:04 PM
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1987 Jeep Wrangler Oil Leak

I have a 1987 Jeep Wrangler that has 55K original miles. I am the 2nd owner, and I bought it in 1989. I use it only in the summer and keep it garaged. It had the 4.2L engine. I am not mechanically inclined with autos, but I can do basic work on my motorcycles. My jeep has had a slow oil leak for the past 10 years, and I usually add a quart every two to three months when it's being driven. I notice oil around the bell housing, but I never could get a specific area. It seemed like the leak was increasing at the end of last summer to more of a constant drip, so before driving it this year, I added a couple of quarts of oil and took it to a shop recommended by another friend who owns a jeep. They went through it, and gave me a good number of recommended repairs (which were probably needed, as not much has been done on it). To take care of the oil leaks and replace whatever gaskets were needed, and also to replace some fuel hoses and a serpentine belt, they quoted $950. He said he would have it power cleaned underneath to make sure that would take care of it. He did also mention some transmission fluid leak, which if that would be repaired, it would add an additional $900, but it could wait for the time being. Ironically, when I was just speaking with my insurance guy about the coverage on this vehicle, he said that if it was wrecked, I probably wouldn't get more then a $1000 dollars for it. I love driving my jeep, and with the dog and all the kid's mess and sand, I would hope it would last for another 20 years. I guess my question is, is this a fair price for an oil leak repair with the other items?

Any info is appreciated in advance
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The price on the oil leak could be good or bad, it depends on what they're replacing. If they were doing head gasket, valve cover gasket (a 258 I-6 favorite) and a rear main seal, then $950 is fair.

Where is the trans fluid leaking from? I'm assuming it's an automatic. $900 is a lot for a auto trans pan gasket, but not quite so bad for a leaking front pump that requires you to R&R the trans/t'case.

Personally, I'd fix the thing, given that you could not so easily buy another clean, garaged Jeep that you know the maintenance history of...
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