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TJinIL 05-25-2013 09:13 AM

Clear oily fluid
This morning when my daughter took off in our 2000 TJ I noticed a pretty good size puddle of a clear oily fluid under the center of the front end. Any guesses as to what this could be and where I should start looking when she gets home?

TJ4Jim 05-25-2013 09:18 AM

Sounds like it could be the Pinion seal where the front drive shaft attaches to the pinion shaft. Pretty simple fix.

Patrick H 05-25-2013 09:46 AM

How oily? How clear? How thick is the fluid? Location wise, it could be the water pump. It's impossible to diagnose without more info.;) You'll have to slide under the Jeep with a flashlight...

TJinIL 05-25-2013 11:23 AM

Fluid was mineral oil clear and about the same viscosity. Didn't appear to have any water in it. First thing I'm gonna do is slide under it when it gets back this afternoon. Appears to be driving fine at this point.

flflash 05-25-2013 12:01 PM

If she has a Manual trans it could also be clutch hydralic fluid. Check all her fluid levels while your at it!

TJinIL 05-25-2013 12:53 PM

Got her up on the ramps, checked all the fluids, scanned her with a flashlight and couldn't find anything wrong, out of place or damp. I'm certainly not a mechanic, but can't find a thing out of place. Very curious! Gonna watch her for a while and see if anything shows signs of dripping?

Zurn 05-25-2013 01:05 PM

The Jeep was just excited to be driven...... :)

s14sh3r 05-25-2013 01:55 PM

I had an amber fluid leaking from a wheel once, so I smelled it to see what it was. Dog piss :facepalm:

rjdriver 05-25-2013 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by s14sh3r (Post 3792015)
I had an amber fluid leaking from a wheel once, so I smelled it to see what it was. Dog piss :facepalm:

I dam near spit my teeth out on this one that's funny

migbuz 05-25-2013 05:28 PM

The muffler has a weep hole, could it just be a condensation puddle?

larjeep 05-25-2013 05:33 PM

There's no clear fluid on a jeep except brake and clutch.

XDR 05-25-2013 06:03 PM

We're you using A/C before it showed up? If so probably condensation.

MLaborde 05-25-2013 10:30 PM

Taste it. Yeah, taste it. I know, I know... but I didn't say drink it, just a little on your tongue. It wont kill you and it will let you get a true feeling for the viscosity and smell.

RepairMan 05-25-2013 10:54 PM

Without being there... Maybe the oil out of the steering stabilizer?

jeepsrgreat 05-25-2013 11:04 PM

Power steering is clear....but but rare that that would leak on a

IcarusLSC 05-26-2013 04:12 PM

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After I undercoated my Jeep, the ac drain would make puddles like you describe. It was in front of the passenger side floors/firewall area. I put a tube on the drain like it should have and its not done it since that I've noticed.

emathews8 08-03-2014 12:13 AM

I know I'm late to the party, and a new poster at that. Use this forum a lot but never checked in officially. Noticed a clear puddle of liquid under the front passenger side of my TJ today. Waited literally 8 hours for it to evaporate, never did, which makes me think it wasn't condensation from the A/C. I gave up and wiped it up. No smell. Didn't taste it. Any ideas on what this could be? Should I be worried?

tank.s 08-03-2014 06:58 PM


Originally Posted by rjdriver (Post 3792271)
I dam near spit my teeth out on this one that's funny

Did you stick your finger in it to test. Lol

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