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Old 07-19-2014, 10:56 AM   #1
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Oil Pan Leak

Well I've owned a 2013 Wrangler Sport for exactly five days before I noticed oil on the driveway. This must be what you folks call "a Jeep thing".

Last night I got her good and warm and parked in the garage with a well positioned piece of card board (target) to get an idea about the location of the leak. This morning I was greeted by two single drops of oil very close to the drain plug. My first thought was pursue the simplest solution and torque the plug, but I quickly learned it was already over-torqued.

Upon further inspection I saw the start of two oil drops on two fasteners holding the oil pan. One is a bolt, but he corner one is a nut. As I wiped off the oil I was surprised that I could turn the nut with my fingers. I wasn't even finger tight! A quick search of the internet gave me the torque spec (85 inch-pounds) and torque pattern. All points were to spec except for the obvious which I corrected.

Nothing left to do except warm it up and look again. I might have to replace the gasket but I'll let Chrysler do that as it is still under warranty. Stay tuned!

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Old 07-19-2014, 12:46 PM   #2
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I've read where that has happened, under tightened oil pan gasket. Probably won't have to do anything more than tighten it down, doubt very much that the gasket is harmed.
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:03 PM   #3
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I agree, not enough oil leaked to cause damage. If crud leaked with oil the gasket will be deformed and need replaced. Still well worth watching what the re torque did.
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:46 PM   #4
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Did some reading, no gasket just RTV. Makes me less optimistic that just tightening will do the trick.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:50 AM   #5
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Update: repeated the routine of driving followed by parking over cardboard for the night. Drip dry, so I think I lucked out.

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Old 07-20-2014, 07:43 AM   #6
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