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NEED HELP. Possible Leak?

Discussion in '1st Gen 4Runners (1984-1989)' started by DustStorm4x4, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Jul 30, 2015 at 1:43 PM
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    DustStorm4x4

    DustStorm4x4 [OP] New Member

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    Ok so I'm thinking about buying an 87 4Runner. This one is supposedly restored. Brand new paint, new engine / tranny. New windshield. The whole deal. Pricey.

    I took pictures of the underside. It kinda looks like a leak on the engine or transmission. I'm not really an expert mechanic but this can't be good. Is this an engine or transmission leak? Or is this even a leak at all. Is it possible the drain plug just needs to be replaced?
    Call me paranoid, but is this okay to buy? Everything else seems fine.
    Help ASAP would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Jul 30, 2015 at 10:23 PM
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    UssMoGn

    UssMoGn That Vegas Dude

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    Eh. Leaks in old trucks is just your truck trying to help you change your fluid often.
     
  3. Jul 31, 2015 at 7:14 AM
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    ajohnson

    ajohnson Glamorous

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    It could be one of a few things, and it is hard to say from pics like this. The half-moon seal under the back of the valve cover could be leaking and running down the bellhousing (fairly easy fix and the valves can be checked/adjusted at the same time), the rear main seal could be leaking, or the input seal at the front of the transmission. For the right price I would not call this a deal breaker.

    Clean as much of the area as best you can, then drive it and try to pinpoint the location of leak.
     
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