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Old 07-04-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Hey everybody. I drive a 98 TJ. 4 cylinder, automatic tranny.
Yesterday and last night I was driving around fine, until I got close to home. I noticed a bad smell for a bit but thought nothing of it. Then I saw smoke. I immediately pulled over and saw nothing wrong. Couldn't see anything really, it was night time. So I got home fine and looked underneath with a flashlight. Fluid everywhere. Dripping too.
So today I drove it into the back yard and went to wash it off. It wouldn't come off unless I scrubbed with a microfiber. A garden hose did nothing. I went to drive back to the front yard, and nothing. I backed up a bit, then pretty much stopped. It won't move unless I press on the gas hard.
I had my brother press the gas lightly while I looked underneath, and I saw liquid gushing from the differential. There's also a white rubber piece on one side sticking out.
The fluid is dark brown, and it doesn't really smell like anything. Any ideas what this is? How do I fix it? Thank you.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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Here's a picture of my front diff. You can see the white piece sticking out. I don't even know though, this stuff is everywhere. Please help!
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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Sounds like tranny fluid, had the same prob on a pathfinder I had I was wheelin and busted a tranny cooler line about 2 mins later I wasn't goin anywhere lol is the fluid reddish? It could be a trans cooler line a torque converter seal or more auto trans will not move unless there's fluid to feed the pump. If you need to move it dump 3 quarts in it and it will move then look to see where it's coming from my guess is a cooler line but if its coming from the bell housing it's a converter seal. Sorry to hear about your troubles friend. The white thing looks like silicone sealant.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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Try brake cleaner to clean the oil off then check the diff fluid oil through the fill hole. You wont forget the smell of gear oil, it stinks. Your best bet is to pull the diff cover and do an internal visual inspection since you have to replace the gasket anyways.
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