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Weird fluid leak around bell housing/starter...

First off Im new to diesels, so any help is appreciated. I bought this truck yesterday with 189k on it, it ran well and looked well at the time. So I get it home and even with the 45mile drive home it ran fine. Today I went out to move it and I see it has a leak. And where I moved it there is a trail of fluid, seems to be diesel fuel. There is also some wetness on top of the engine, like between the heads, on top. I know some of this might be normal due to its age. But any help is appreciate on where to start looking, figuring out what is what.
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Sounds like a typical fuel leak up in the valley. It's likely we've all delt with it on these old 'strokes. The fuel bowl is appearant right in the middle if the valley. It can leak from several points, some being rebuildable (orings. Order from bob at The old rubber fuel lines could be leaking too as could the fuel pump which is in the back of the valley under the turbo pedistal. For the price of a replacement fuel bowl and pump you can just about build yourself an electric fuel system and take all that crap out of the valley. Do a search, there's plenty of write ups. As it sits now its a matter of locating the leak (99% it's up in the valley and draining out the back of the block), and replacing, rebuilding or deleting and going e fuel.


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like chad said it's coming from up top. there is a drain hole towards the back of the motor and it runs down and drips off of the front of the trans/back of the engine. there are 3 little 2" or so hoses hat go from the fuel pump to the fuel bowl. there are numerous senors and orings in the hole bowl itself that can leak. fuel can also leak from the orings around the banjo bolt on the backside of the fuel pump. also if he fuel pump is going there is a weep hole where it will leak directly from the pump

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I developed a leak just like yours today as well it is leakng from the water in fuel sensor on the top driverside of the fuel bowl. i took it out and put in a 1/8" npt plug in its place and it stopped leaking. its a temp fix till i can get the new sensor tomorrow. id check that first. its real easy to get to and see just flip up the cover on top of the valley and take a peak while its running. hope this helps

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