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Old 08-26-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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Oil leak questions

I've noticed the last couple of mornings a few drops of oil on my garage floor in the morning after I pull the jeep out. This morning before I pulled it out I rolled under it to see where it was coming from and discovered it dripping from the front of the pan.
Question is, can I replace this seal on my own? I realize I would have to drop the whole pan and that would probably include removing the exhaust to drop it down, but is the gasket a factory part or do they use RTV? I have a 2000 4.0
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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I'd like to know if you actually have to remove the exhaust to drop the oil pan ?

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Old 08-26-2010, 06:51 PM   #3
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This fluid looks more like engine coolant to me, which would likely indicate a water pump is leaking. To check for coolant leaks you will need to pressure test the cooling system, you can rent a pressure tester from your parts store. If in fact this is oil, it is a front cover seal at the vibration damper, or the oil pan. The pictures provided it looks as if the leak is coming from above the oil pan though.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:31 PM   #4
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So not necessarily that the water pump is bad, but that the seal is leaking? The fluid did seem fairly clear and not as oily as I would have thought, or dirty...

@jvc- I found this write up on replacing the oil pan seal and the rear main seal and it seems to indicate that to drop the oil pan all the way down you do need to remove the exhaust.

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