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fluid leak after starter changed?

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for anyone that has replaced their starter, is there a reason fluid would be leaking from anything, do you have to drain any fluid to remove the starter.

i noticed some fluid on the driverside of my skid plate so i took it off. up near the starter and down that side of the tranny/engine seems to be a lot of fluid, probably tranny fluid covering everything, even some on the starter. i had my starter replaced at the dealer and i dont remember it being there before then. just wondering if its left over from that. i dont have any puddles anywhere.

Update...I think its leaking from the front differential driveshaft seal. i removed the skid plate today and there was more on it and everything around it had a coat of fluid.
i think its coming from the red arrow area.

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Old 01-03-2011, 10:25 AM
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Re: fluid leak after starter changed?

I don't think any fluid needs to be replaced with the starter. Never replaced one in my WK, but my two previous older GC starters were sealed with no signs of any fluid leaks. Im surprised the dealer didn't mention the leaking fluid while working on it. Check your tranny fluid level if you think that's where its coming from.

Right now I think my water pump is on its way out, there is a puddle of anti freeze on my driveway from starting my car in the morning and my resivour level keeps slowly going down. Seems to be leaking from the bottom of the pump, but only when I first start the car in the cold then it stops after a few minutes. Prob a gasket heating up then sealing itself.
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Re: fluid leak after starter changed?

it is not related, just a coincidence
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Re: fluid leak after starter changed?

timmy there is a drain in the bottom of the water pump thats why leaking there.

and if it leaks it needs replaced.
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Re: fluid leak after starter changed?

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timmy there is a drain in the bottom of the water pump thats why leaking there.

and if it leaks it needs replaced.
I noticed a bright green plastic plug on the waterpump, but it doesn't appear to be coming from that, if that's the "drain". I can't exactly see where its coming from, but it shows up running down a bolt below it on the engine block and it gets all over the fan belt pully below because it spews fluid out everywhere in the engine bay and on the underside of the hood. Im def going to have it replaced, going to call around for the cheapest price. Its not something id want to do, since removing the watterpump pully looks like a project in itself.
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Re: fluid leak after starter changed?

i cant figure it out, my tranny fluid is red and this fluid thats leaking is light brown. it may be motor oil but why so high, and i guess it could be brake fluid. who knows.
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Re: fluid leak after starter changed?

i think its the pinion seal for the front diff, anybody replaced one or had it replaced. probably gonna drive it a few more weeks and change it out, ill post up a DIY, hopefully.
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Re: fluid leak after starter changed?

got my front pinion seal changed today for 100 at a local service shop i trust. i bought the seal at jeep for 11. i actually checked last night to see how much fluid was in the diff and it was almost completely empty. i added about a 1/4 qt just to be safe.
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