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post #1 of 3 Old 09-21-2012, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Manual Transmission/clutch fluid leak...?

unfortunately my first post is a problem post...
i have a slow leak (a quarter to a baseball size puddle per day, is that slow?) from a seal or something on my 99 wrangler manual transmission. its wet toward the rear and there's a red seal between two different parts of the tranny that looks shot. i think the fluid is a red color, and my skid plate is always wet, with drips forming. I don't know that its a seal problem, could there be something wrong with the tranny internally? Is it cheaper/ easier to just fill fluid as it gets low at this rate...i mean, does this sound like a slow leak or fast?
Jeep has 84000 on it.
No real issues shifting or clutching.
Is it bad to leave it in gear when parked?
Is it bad to pull it into neutral without clutching?
thank you so much.
otherwise the jeep has been tons of fun.

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-25-2012, 12:37 PM
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What I suggest is to clean up the area with degreaser the best you can and really try to isolate the leak. Snap a picture if you can, that way folks here can zero in on the issue.

In regards to this:
Is it bad to leave it in gear when parked?
Is it bad to pull it into neutral without clutching?

Leaving it in gear when parked is probably a good thing, especially if you live on a hill, that way your rig doesn't go rollin down the street. That should be fine, though sometimes on a large incline/decline you will get a little binding when parked. What I do is stop, press ebrake, THEN put into gear.

Regarding the neutral, I'm not super advanced as to the internals of this but I would use the clutch. When going through the gears or from gear to neutral.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-25-2012, 12:39 PM
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Oh and there is probably only a few quarts in your transmission, so if it is leaking a baseball sized puddle every time you park, you might be loosing an 1/10 quart a day or so, these trans are pretty tough but of course its bad to run with less than spec fluid levels. Get it fixed up man you'll feel better
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