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Old 07-08-2015, 01:11 PM
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Transmission Pan Rotted

Been a while since I've been on here. Have a 2012 SRT8, just under 35k miles. Noticed a few oil spots in my driveway and realized it was from the jeep. Took it to the dealer and turns out the transmission pan is 'rotted'. Jeep and my extended service plan both refuse to cover the replacement ($325) because it is due to corrosion, not a defect. I find that BS, this thing has been a pavement princess washed every 2-4 weeks, it is unreasonable to expect any vehicle to have the pan rust out this quickly!!

Has anyone else had this issue? I called Chrysler and asked them for specifics on millage and years of pans that rusted through, but got nowhere. I have a call into SRT support and hope they can help from there. It's certainly not a lot of money, but I more pissed about the principle. If I end up paying, i plan to keep the old pan and post pictures.

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Old 07-08-2015, 03:55 PM
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Re: Transmission Pan Rotted

The pan is aluminum, how did it rot? I've seen cars with over 100k and the pan looks fine. Was it damaged or something that caused it to rot? I'd like to see a picture of that.
I'd be more inclined to think that the O-ring around the electrical connector started to leak and they are trying to get more out of you.
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Re: Transmission Pan Rotted

No idea how it happened, doesn't look like there was any damage, would really expect material defect or a crack from when the part was stamped. I took the old pan with me and still have a case open with SRT, hopefully they'll agree, but I'm not holding my breath.


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Re: Transmission Pan Rotted

That is weird. If they don't cover it, get the MB pan cause it has a drain plug. It'll make future fluid changes easier. Word of advice though, break the drain plug loose before installing the pan. It feels like they use an impact to put the plug in. So some extra leverage while it's out of the Jeep might help.
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The pan is aluminum....
Is it? The pictures look like stamped steel, painted white.
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something reacted with that pan to do that
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Re: Transmission Pan Rotted

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something reacted with that pan to do that
Judging from his location I'd have to guess road salt if he was driving it in the winter. Even still... that is really unusual looking.
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Re: Transmission Pan Rotted

Purchased a used 2012 Sahara last August. Stored it for the winter and found transmission fluid on garage floor. Transmission pan is rusted just like these pics. 46k miles on it. Dealer would not warranty it so I purchased pan, filter and gaskets and tried to replace it. 4 of 6 bolts broke off. Brought it to the dealer to see what they can do.

To me the crossover pipe for the exhaust is way to close to the pan. I think this accelerates the oxidation.

IMO, very poor design and extremely disappointed.

Hopefully won't cost me too much but easy outs usually aren't!
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Re: Transmission Pan Rotted

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No idea how it happened, doesn't look like there was any damage, would really expect material defect or a crack from when the part was stamped. I took the old pan with me and still have a case open with SRT, hopefully they'll agree, but I'm not holding my breath.


Same problem on 2012 Sahara with 46k miles. Tried to change it out but 4 of 6 bolts snapped. Drove it to the local dealer. We shall see. Pretty poor design that the crossover pipe is so close to the tranny pan. I blame this for the rust.
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