I HAVE AN OIL LEEK

  • Tiny
  • lululinda1949
  • 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 88,000 miles

I have an oil leek. Can it drip on starter? What should I do?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 AT 12:31 AM

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  • Tiny
  • caradiodoc
  • Expert
  • 25,285 posts

Get it fixed. Your starter is pretty well sealed but oil can sneak in and cause the brushes to crumble. If the leak is really bad the engine may need to be pressure-washed first, then watch to see what gets wet first. If it's a real slow leak you can add a small bottle of dark purple dye, then search later with a black light. The dye will show up as a bright yellow stain that you can follow back to the source.

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