It appears that Eugene has a seeping seal/gasket in the transfer case - where the 2 halves meet. Fortunately, it's not bad at this stage. I check the fluid level yesterday morning before heading into Michigan with the others to the off-road park, and it barely took any fluid at all. So, it's not a full-on leak.
I got on the Jeep forums last night to search for the 'fix'. I found some directions... and, to read it, it doesn't sound like a complicated fix. I find it a little scary as it calls for the removal of the transfer case from the vehicle.
Someone in my wheeling group yesterday suggested a RTV patch - especially if the time isn't availble to actually fix the issue until after the Montana trip. I am considering this because it is only in a seeping state, and because I bring extra fluids with me in the Jeep all the time anyway... so, I can keep an eye on it while we are traveling. We shall see what happens.
In other news - other 'to-do's'...
- I ordered two canisters of bear spray off eBay last week - they should be here this week... in plenty of time for the trip.
- I'd like to set up the tent again this week or weekend... for practice, if nothing else.
- We need to start pulling all the gear from the garage and getting it ready to pack.
- The Jeep still needs a transmission fluid/filter change, and a coolant flush - probably next weekend. And next week, it will have the oil changed, tires rotated/balanced, and an alignment done.