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post #1 of 5 Old 03-04-2014, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Random leak and fire

So the other morning I started my jeep up everything was normal. Drove about a mile down the road got some gas and breakfast. Drove a mile back home and as I'm going up my driveway smoke started coming out of my vents. Get to the top open the hood and sure enough the passenger side manifold was on fire. Ran inside got an extinguisher got it out in time. Look under it there's oil everywhere. Maybe about a 1/2 of a quart. Thought maybe it was the valve cover. Wasn't loose at all. Started it This passed two days everytning was fine. No oil leak , no smoke. No fire lol drove it 3 hours home and it seems fine. Does anyone have a damn clue what could have Happened? Sorry for the long read. Not sure 100% if it was oil or tranny fluid. looked and smelt like oil though. Its been running fine since. Anyone have a single as to what happened?

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-04-2014, 11:48 AM
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Have you checked all your fluid levels?
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-04-2014, 12:21 PM
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HEY HEY...don't forget to replace the fire extinguisher. Rinse the engine off of that powder crud. It does nasty things to different metals.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-04-2014, 12:27 PM
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Trans fluid burped out of the dipstick onto manifold?

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-04-2014, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Checked all the fluids and they seemed to be ok. My only other guess was the tranny dipstick because I was told it would ignite quicker than oil but it didn't look or smell like tranny fluid. And I will rinse it off assap but its been in the 20s I don't want it to turn to ice on the motor
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