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Unread 01-06-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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WJ 2002 Rear Main Seal Oil Leak

Before I start, I want to mention that the problem is with a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Limited (WJ) 4.7 V8 Quadra-Drive. I have searched through the forum and have not found anyone addressing this problem. Plenty of older and newer models with the "two-part" seal fix...but not anyone talking about it for the WJ.

Well my oil is leaking about 1 qt every 3,000 miles. I am 80% sure it is my rear main seal. I did a visual inspection of the valve cover but couldn't see anything. Anyway, I am just doing some research on what it will take to change out this seal. I am mechanically inclined and have done almost all the repairs on this Jeep myself.

So far I know it is a one piece seal. I talked to the service men at the dealer and he says you have to drop the transmission. They say anywhere between 6-8 hours.

So any advice, how-to's, experiences? Please tell me if this should be left to the pros or if you think I can do it myself?

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Jose

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Unread 01-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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you haven't found anything in this forum section because it's for XJ cherokees.

This forum is specific to WJ owners - you'll be able to find a better answer there:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/
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Unread 01-06-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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From reading in here (XJ) I know if it is a one piece you have to drop the transmission.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 04:25 PM   #4
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All 1 piece rear main seals require separation of the engine & transmission.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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Yup gotta pull the engine or drop the tranny on the 4.7.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 06:35 PM   #6
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Just curious, How many miles do you have? Good luck!
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Unread 01-07-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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Thanks Guys. Sounds like I should let a pro do it. I have 140,000 miles on it. I thought this was a WJ forum...Not XJ....not sure what you are talking about duckie564...

Has anyone tried doing it yourself?
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Unread 01-07-2011, 08:45 AM   #8
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Pulling the tranny on a WJ is not too hard, at least I think.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 09:28 AM   #9
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I thought this was a WJ forum...Not XJ....not sure what you are talking about duckie564...
The thread got moved by the admins
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Unread 01-07-2011, 09:31 AM   #10
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Aggieneer2006 where are you at in houston? I'm in Katy.
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Unread 01-08-2011, 05:43 PM   #11
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I'm around Reliant stadium. Changing the oil on my ride tommorow. I will make a better inspection.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:12 AM   #12
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Just an update. I was going to do an oil change as well as inspect the underside of my Jeep to look for the leak. I wiped everything down as everything is wet...I noticed that the oil filter would develop droplets of oil! I researched that and found that it may be some O-rings from the oil filter adapter. I will do that this weekend.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:35 AM   #13
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If it's from that area, check the Oil Pressure Sending unit also. It's right above the oil filter and leaks like mad when it breaks. Ask me how I know.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:40 AM   #14
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Ask me how I know too. I broke mine off in the block..... That was a BLAST!!
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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:41 AM   #15
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I'm around Reliant stadium.
Thats pretty far from me. I actually go to A&M. lol Whoop!
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