Recently finished my first ever crate engine replacement for my 04 Sport and all was good until I noticed a dreaded oil spot on the ground. It is coming from between engine and transmission. Upon further inspection, it looks like the oil is coming out of the half moon rubber gasket that goes over the rear main bearing cap area at the rear of the oil pan. After review of the FSM, I noticed that I was supposed to put Mopar silicone sealant or equivalent at the corners during the install (so much for reading directions
Does anyone know if I am going to have to remove the oil pan and engine flywheel and transmission torque converter access cover to get this oil leak stopped? If the access cover has to come off, won't I need to pull the trans back far enough clear the line up two pins? Sure makes me wish like hell I'd read the instructions or done this once before! I hate having to do things twice to get it right!
If anyone has a shortcut outside of keeping the oil topped off and dealing with the oil spots, I'm all ears.
Note: This is a brand new crate engine, so I'm making the assumption that the rear main seal is not the issue here...Also, if you see this same post in JK forum, it is because I'm a bit forum challenged at the moment...maybe dyslexic...JK/TJ???