If it's leaking from the front of the bell housing...the input seal is shot. You'll need to pull the tranny to fix that. Keep your tranny fluid at the proper level until you can get your leak fixed. If you're going to pull the tranny to fix the leak you can mess with the filter. Remember at least half of the fluid is inside your torque converter, make sure you are checking the level with the Jeep running in Park...or Neutral.
When the tranny pump is running (whenever the engine is running) there is fluid being forced out the seal and spewing around inside your bell housing. When you stop it all leaks out. There is no reservoir of fluid INSIDE the bell housing. The cover is just that, a cover. It's not sealed. So anything that leaks out of the front (input) seal will drip on the ground
I would advise against "get the rpms up 4000 ish and with one leg fred flinstone pushing it sort of gets rolling". You can and will do harm to the tranny and maybe yourself. The decision you have to make is...since most shops will charge you around $500-$600 just to R&R the tranny, and the part (the seal) costs $3.50...is it worth it to you to do the work yourself...or take it to a shop.
You can rent a tranny jack for about $20 a day (and you WILL want a tranny jack). Pulling the tranny is not that hard if you have the right tools and a good understanding of how to turn a wrench....and some patience !!
If you go to AAMCO they will tell you that you need a new tranny, always!!
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Originally Posted by Caner.
I slide it in and then when I pull, it works fine.