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post #1 of 5 Old 07-14-2010, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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rear window & liftgate covered in sticky film - oil or gas leak?

Howdy all,

Over the last couple of weeks I've noticed that my back window was getting covered in these little droplets of what I thought was water or something, but after smearing them around with the rear wiper, I noticed that the droplets are oily in nature. They are transparent or opaque, but I have no idea what is causing them. After realizing what was happening I noticed that the entire rear liftgate is covered too.

The front windshield, the sides, and the roof of the XJ are all clean and residue-free, so I'm really confused as to what could be causing this and am concerned that it could be something I need to take care of. I don't notice any smoke coming from the tailpipe, but my concern is that maybe there is some kind of fluid that's coming out when I run it down the highway, like oil or gas or something, and it's spraying the droplets on the rear end.

I am not noticing any spots under the truck when I park it which is even more confusing.

Anybody have any ideas? I'd at least like to see if I can tackle it before I take it to the shop.

Many thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-14-2010, 11:02 PM
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Check your oil level and your tranny level. This will tell you if it's one of those leaking. Next check the level in both differentials. Maybe it leaks from the breather hose if it got disconnected. Then last check the transfer case level to see if you have a crack in it or not. That's all I can think of for now.

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most likely an oil leak. mine has a perpetual film on the lift gate as well

Completely stock, and keeping it that way...

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check all tranny lines.....
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-15-2010, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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It turns out that the transfer case was leaking. I took it to Bob Allen Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep in Frankfort KY and the good folks there had me re-sealed and cleaned up in a few hours, and for only 1 hour of labor!
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