Vehicle in question is my girlfriend’s 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, 4.7l V8 motor, about 150k miles, full time 4WD.
The other day while I warmed up the Jeep in my driveway for her I noticed a slow drip leak coming from the underside of the car…before she left (car warmed up for about 30 minutes as it was REALLY cold outside) there was a puddle of ATF (finger checked, pink in color) about the diameter of a large grapefruit under the front end of the vehicle.
The car was parked on a very steep downhill (my driveway, I live on a downhill slope). I checked the tranny dipstick after she got home and it was full.
Strange, I thought. I asked her to continually check for fluid under the Jeep when she parked it on a flat surface, her parking lot at work, and she’s saying there’s nothing.
The only time we noticed it is when it’s parked in my driveway and only while the vehicle is running.
What gives? Is there some forward seal that’s giving way? I haven’t crawled under the thing yet to look but I find the combination of leaking tranny fluid only while running and only while parked on a steep incline to be a bit weird.
What’s the Dope?