1969 Dodge Dart Engine Stutter

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    512Stroker We are all here because we are not all there.

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      No, I am not sure at all. I noticed the transmission was struggling two weeks ago, it was dry. I filled it up and that is around the time the leak increased significantly. I have been checking the transmission feverishly since and it is still full. May still be a combination of the two? When I found the droplets that were clear, photo above of my glove, if it was transmission fluid on the glove wouldn't it be red?
       
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      512Stroker We are all here because we are not all there.

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      It should be red for ATF, but not all the time.
      Clean it good and run it on the rack look from underneath the car with a good light, use your hands to find leaks. Be safe at all times
       
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      Mine is an automatic. Though I am thinking of converting it to a manual some time down the road.
       
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      Ok, realized today that costco 87 is ethanol free. Solves that issue. There are no car washes around that have pressure washers that you can use. So I'll have to find another way to degrease the underside of the car. Thinking that I am going to buy some degreaser and get under there and do it by hand. Hoping I'll locate this oil leak tomorrow.
       
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      There is an unbelievable amount of oil and grease build up down there. An absolute mess, making it very hard to locate the leak. There is so much oil built up that I am actually concerned about the runoff.

      Any thoughts on using the oil dye and a UV light technique?
       
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      Just talked to a fellow at autozone. They don't have the oil dye but said I could use AC refrigerant dye in the oil. Said that it works just the same.
       
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      Used dye and found the leak. Looks like this part is attached to a pump and my power steering. The red dots are the two spots I saw droplets form and where the dye showed up. In the top photo you can see the dye where there is a crack in the rubber.

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      On mopars there is zero connection between transmission fluid, engine oil, and power steering, so it's somehow splashing from somewhere else, or else you somehow spilled a bit and it dripped/ blew down there. The only possible connection is if the heat exchanger in the radiator leaks, you can get ATF in the coolant, and of course such things as blown head gaskets or cracked heads/ block can put engine oil in the coolant and so on

      I don't have an answer for you except it might be an idea to pressure wash the engine
       
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      Maybe the leak from the metal tube is a fitment issue and the rubber needs to be replaced? I had to go double check that I am not pouring in oil where the transmission fluid goes.
       
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      Think I am getting closer

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      Ok, so it took a lot for me not to delete this thread and pretend this leak thing never happened. (I did delete a few choice, stupid things that I said) But, after reading through the manual, thinking about the situation and what people have said, I realized that in fact, I was pouring oil into the power steering pump. In my own defence, the cap said oil. Also, every time I poured oil in there the oil dip stick appeared to read higher. SOOOOO, I am going to face palm my way through the rest of this. I still need to replace that line. This explains so much. Going to drain the pump first thing in the morning.

      I think the part is the return hose.

      So after doing some research it appears that my mistake will not have any lasting consequences. Pouring oil into power steering reservoir may not be the best thing to do but it is also not the worst. It also appears that pouring power steering fluid into an engine is very bad. Luckily I didn't do that.
       
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      What is a good site everyone uses for parts?
       
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