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Old 10-11-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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Leaving skid plate off for a day

I pulled the skid plate off my jeep because I am trying to figure out where the transmission fluid is leaking from. I suspect its from the rear main seal, but I cannot tell for sure because everything is gummed up and dirty under there. I can't clean it well with the skid plate on, so I removed the skid plate, cleaned 'er up and now I would like to leave it off until tomorrow night so I can assess where the leak is coming from and how much its leaking. Would the tranny and transfer case be ok without being blocked up? I'd like to leave it free and clear with no blocks or jacks get in the way of the drip to be sure I can figure out where the leak is coming from.

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Old 10-11-2010, 07:53 PM   #2
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You should be fine as long as your not doing any wheeling. If your doing it to find and fix the leak then good luck.

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Old 10-11-2010, 07:54 PM   #3
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You should have a jack stand under it. Just put where the four bolt hold and it should be out of the way enough to still see leaks.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:48 PM   #4
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Yeah I would put something under it, cause if it drops too much it could push the fan blade into radiator, DA me, I found this out when I was replacing my exhaust and had the skid plate off overnight and it was not blocked up. Did get lucky and never hurt anything...
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:36 PM   #5
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Besides the motor mounts on either side of your engine the "skid plate" is the only other thing that holds your entire power train in place.
Put a jack stand under the transmission somewhere to take some weight off.
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