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Old 08-08-2014, 10:34 PM   #1
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Should there be bolts here?

Should there be bolts in these three holes? I guess this is considered to be under the bell housing. It does drip a little oil from the bottom which I assume is from the rear main seal.

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:18 AM   #2
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My guess would be yes!

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:25 AM   #3
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It should just be an inspection plate, they aren't necessary. If you have a buzz or rattle though that may be the cause. If its leaking engine oil it's the rear main seal if not its the slave cylinder (brake fluid) or the seal on the input shaft on the trans (ATF or gear oil).
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:55 PM   #4
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The flat plate that is in front of the bell housing toward the exhaust pipe is called the inspection plate. You can put 3 bolts in there if you want. It isn't structurally needed.

The oil that you see could be the rear main seal, but it also could be the back side of the valve cover leaking as well. 2 very common leak spots for a Jeep YJ motor. Both end up in the same spot so to decipher you need to look up at the back of the block, if its dry replace the rear main.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:38 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! I had already checked the valve cover for leaking. It's not there so it must be the rear seal. I'm not in a hurry to tackle that mess of a job. It only drips a bit.
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