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Old 11-16-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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1997 Trans leak???

I just bought a 97 TJ only to get home and find the transfer case was leaking, so I fixed that and a day later I discovered another leak that is coming from the picture I attached. PLEASE NEED HELP this is my first wrangler.
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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I had similar leak, looked everywhere , found out was the valve cover gasket leaking .
Replaced the gasket leak gone.

I've replaced a fair amount of valve cover gaskets in my life time but the one on my 97 TJ I6 was a PITA. Be prepared to spend 2 hours and $35 for the gasket.

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Old 11-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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I wiped everything down and it is coming out of where that bottom bolt is, I started it up earlier to make sure that's where it was and its collecting at the bottom there and dripping. You think is leaking from all the way up top on down? Thanks for your reply!
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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Is it oil or trans fluid?
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:35 PM   #5
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To me its looking more like gear oil. Also, when you look up in that small space are you supposed to see the fly wheel or should this be all sealed off.
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:43 PM   #6
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Good question I have the same thing I can see my flywheel also, inspection plate missing.
If it's gear oil you have a seal leak.
Check your trans fluid level to see if low.

Oh by the way welcome to the Jeep world .

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Old 11-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #7
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Jesus, I see this already. I may drop the oil pan and check that seal because I just went out and looked and there was a small line coming straight down the front of it to that bolt where its dripping and I can see some of the seal sticking out. Is this a problem with the inspection plate gone, with water and grime getting in there and possibly going further in?
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hold on before you drop the pan you need to make sure what it is... First off there is no inspection cover on the 5-speed. There is a plate that covers the bell housing opening but the only way to take this off is to remove the flywheel. That being said, I can see yours in the photo with the arrow.

Next The "seal" you see attached to that metal plate is not a seal but an edge cover.

Now... you need to determine is the leak gear oil or engine oil... there is a huge difference as to where the leak could be coming from. Is the oil thick and feel like melted butter (best thing I could come up with) or does it feel more like water?

Most likely it is engine oil....there are a number of places this could be coming from... start from the TOP and work your way down.. check for a valve cover leak, then check your oil sensor and oil filter.. if all these are clear then you are looking at an oil pan or rear main seal.... Both can be done wit the engine and trans in place...
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:48 PM   #10
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well off i go to start going at it, I see the valve cover is a little wet but I see no trail going down the back side to lead to where its leaking. I think it may be the pan still but being new I am taking all advise on this engine and starting top down, filter and sensor are dry...on to the next. I will let you know, thank you both very much!!
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You may not see an actual trail just because of how the engine sits angled backwards. It is VERY common for people to think its a pan or rear mains and it turns out to be a leaking valve cover
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After rear main and oil gasket she is still leaking. It is coming out of the spot pictured still which is the bottom most part of the trans where there is a bolt (which I do not have for some reason). It looks like half dirty engine oil but I could be wrong and it being dirty gear oil. I dont see how the valve cover could leak and come out of the front of the trans. Again, taking all help!!!! Thank you!
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:19 PM   #13
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Still leaking......

from the bottom of the trans looking up. I feel the weight of this has to be more of a gear oil than motor. Also, what bolt should be right where it is leaking? Is this part of something that seals the bottom part up I would think???
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:34 PM   #14
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The missing bolt is not all that important. I just holds the cover plate tight against the bell housing so it doesn't rattle around.

If it is gear oil then most likely it is coming from the front seal of your trans. Check the fluid level by removing the fill plug on the trans. Only way to fix this is to pull the transfer case and trans.... good time to replace the clutch if it needs it...

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