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Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

My 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 47,500 miles has a leaking transmission cooler. Chrysler uses a combination transmission AC condensor cooler. They don't consider this a covered item under the powertrain warranty even though it seems to be a critical system to the transmission. The replacement cost is around $850. The dealer told me they have seen a number of these leaks recently. They have hinted that they may "comp" me on at least part of the cost. I have also contacted Chrysler's consumer hotline. They are going to contact the dealer to see if they will contribute and if they won't, they will consider whether they want to contribute. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what was your experience with Chrysler and the dealer? It seems to me, the entire cost should be covered.

BTW, my web search turned up that Ford had the same problem with a combo transmission cooler AC condensor unit on the 2008 Ford Escape and they provided an extended warranty.
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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

How did this end up for you? My 2011 started the leak a couple weeks ago, and seems to be getting worse. Pulled the bumper today to get a better look and discovered same diagnosis... I'm at about 55k.
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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

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How did this end up for you? My 2011 started the leak a couple weeks ago, and seems to be getting worse. Pulled the bumper today to get a better look and discovered same diagnosis... I'm at about 55k.
How did this end up for you? My 2011 started leaking yesterday. Parts are on order. I'm at 85K.
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The replacement cost is around $850. The dealer told me they have seen a number of these leaks recently.
My dealer just quoted me $800-$1,100. Said they would have to remove the front of the vehicle to make the replacement.
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My dealer just quoted me $800-$1,100. Said they would have to remove the front of the vehicle to make the replacement.
As a follow up to this post - new trans cooler was installed over the weekend. Final cost = $1,089.00.
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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

Been away but wanted to update. I replaced the trans/AC cooler myself over a weekend. Took many more hours than it should have, but I was being careful and taking my time. I had to remove the front bumper and grill clip for access.

Ordered a new cooler from the prime people, and install was simple. Total cost including some trans fluid, and AC recharge, came to just under $200. Scale of 1-10, I'd maybe give it a 6, but body work scares me so that might be a little heavily weighted. Probably 5k miles since and no issues with the new one, though I did get the cylinder head issues shortly after, and am now dealing with a cylinder 3 misfire. Yay.
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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

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Been away but wanted to update. I replaced the trans/AC cooler myself over a weekend. Took many more hours than it should have, but I was being careful and taking my time. I had to remove the front bumper and grill clip for access.

Ordered a new cooler from the prime people, and install was simple. Total cost including some trans fluid, and AC recharge, came to just under $200. Scale of 1-10, I'd maybe give it a 6, but body work scares me so that might be a little heavily weighted. Probably 5k miles since and no issues with the new one, though I did get the cylinder head issues shortly after, and am now dealing with a cylinder 3 misfire. Yay.

Where did you get the part from and do you have a part number thank you


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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

Mine just started leaking. At 129,000km. I will be pricing it out at the dealership tomorrow but it really pisses me off that I have to spend over $1k to fix this because of some crappy welds by the OEM manufacturer of the trans cooler/AC condenser. How hard would it be to buy a separate trans cooler and just install it somewhere?
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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

Mine sprung a leak last year at 62K miles. Yep - a $1K repair. For a car of today, anything under 100K miles or 5 years should be covered - period. I still really like the vehicle, but I would think twice before buying another - and this is my 4th Jeep.
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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

Removed the fascia and grill yesterday, getting started on the AC Condenser replacement this weekend. Will go with the Denso unit, only $140 CAD versus the OEM which is $440 at the dealer or $350 on ebay. There is a great youtube tutorial by "Motorcity Mechanic" which details the whole process on a 2011 GC, which has been very helpful. Does anyone know how much a garage will cost me to remove the Freon and then recharge it afterwords?
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Re: Leaking transmission ac condensor cooler

The ac condenser / tranny cooler has been leaking for a few weeks at 80k miles on my 2011 WK2 Laredo. Not bad... but drips a few spots on the driveway about every two weeks after cleaning up the skid plate. Coming from the drivers side as most folks mention. I've got a Mopar "Added Care Plus" warranty... so the dealer can just fix it back to factory for $100 deductible. Sounds like the warranty is going to start paying for itself. Hope to get it in next week or two. Absolutely LOVE the vehicle. Has been absolutely trouble free up to now. Have only had to invest in oil changes and basic maintenance over the past two years of ownership.
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