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Unread 02-10-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Misdiagnosed transmission leak?

So in my 98 TJ(4L 5spd), I have red fluid slung around the back of my transfer case, right around the shaft yoke. It wasn't a fast leak as it wasn't dripping out and there was only a small puddle after weeks of driving. I assumed it was the slip-yoke seal/bearing at fault and was planning on replacing it this weekend.

Yesterday I brought the jeep to a shop to get some exhaust problem fixed and they saw the fluid and told me it was a serious transmission leak. They took the bash plate off and said it was coming from the adapter housing joint towards the back of the transmission. I suggested it was the transfer case and their 'transmission guy' said no, the spray around the back was from fluid from the transmission leak flowing to the back and getting slung around. So trusting this voice of experience, I said fix it... They pulled the transmission out and took it apart and were shocked to find it contained gear oil... thus obviously not the source of the red fluid. So now on the phone the guy sounds like he's trying to be very vague, just saying "it'll be all fixed up for you tomorrow with no leaks".

so I feel like I was pressured into getting them to pull apart the transmission based on their self proclaimed prowess in all matters transmission against my hunch on the matter... and now will likely get stuck with a $700 exploratory-surgery bill.

does this seem fair?

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Unread 02-10-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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When we have leaks we can't find we put oil dye in em'....this way, no miss diagnosed leaks. Sounds like you need a second opinion. Smitty
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