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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

trans cooler lines are not the easies job... I will say I havent done any recently, but I have a coworker whom says he can have them replaced in 45min including the testdrive following the repair.

Some techs dont look at instructions, I have seen many guys struggle for hours on them. It all comes down to learning what all needs to be removed and what doesnt to make the job easier.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

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trans cooler lines are not the easies job... I will say I havent done any recently, but I have a coworker whom says he can have them replaced in 45min including the testdrive following the repair.

Some techs dont look at instructions, I have seen many guys struggle for hours on them. It all comes down to learning what all needs to be removed and what doesnt to make the job easier.
Amen to that, techs at Chrysler dealers are not the most qualified. They are run of the mill oil changers at best. Heck I know more then they did. When I had a leak from my 13 pin connector my entire under body was covered in tranny fluid and i mean covered. It made its way to the rear diff cover and I asked the tech if that was from the tranny and he was like na it the rear diff cover and I'm like bs look at this mess and he says oh yea your right.

Another scary thing is after I had the connector replaced the tech never drove the vehicle for 15 minutes to get the trans temps up, instead he just shifted through the gears as he added fluid. Its scary what kind of people they have working there, and to boot my fluid was almost 2 quarts low.

I'm not a fan of service departments because of this but I will say there are some dealers that will do you right. I had a 07 Subaru legacy and the dealers service department was small but they cared and knew a ton about the cars they worked on. What I'm getting on with my rant is that my Jeep dealer only cares about one thing. That is getting your money, heck the woman who is the service writer was whining about her job and said she rather be selling puppies
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Has anyone done it yet? Or can anyone provide a write up on how to do it? Im not afraid to try even if it takes me 8 hours at least i know the job was done correctly
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Has anyone done it yet? Or can anyone provide a write up on how to do it? Im not afraid to try even if it takes me 8 hours at least i know the job was done correctly
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Had leaking trans lines done under warranty also. Seems to be a problematic issue for the WK, as no other car I ever owned had such problems. THe front grill needs to be removed to do the job, so the mounting tabs can be damaged or broken easily, as happened on mine, and had to take it back again.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

I've been diagnosed with the same leak. Passenger side of the radiator I can see it leaking from the the rubber hose to hard line coupler. Has anybody performed this themselves? I'm, due for new fluid and filter anyways.
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When I had a leak from my 13 pin connector my entire under body was covered in tranny fluid and i mean covered. It made its way to the rear diff cover and I asked the tech if that was from the tranny and he was like na it the rear diff cover and I'm like bs look at this mess and he says oh yea your right.
Lube techs are an entry level position... They would be paying you to have your oil changed if they hired experienced techs at 2-3 times the cost of the rookie to change oil and still have a competitive price point. This is an issue we had for a while, having leaks "diagnosed" by the lube rack and having it not be something worthy of the repair or a poor diagnosis (seeping, or a minor enough leak that didnt justify the cost to the owner whom stressed they didnt have much money). We have worked on correcting that issue at my dealer.

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Another scary thing is after I had the connector replaced the tech never drove the vehicle for 15 minutes to get the trans temps up, instead he just shifted through the gears as he added fluid. Its scary what kind of people they have working there, and to boot my fluid was almost 2 quarts low.
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Not that he did this either, I am just saying so long as the trans temp is 70 degrees you can get an accurate measure on the fluid level. What did he do that it required more fluid than he added? I believe I am usually in the 5 1/4 quarts of atf after I pull the pan... 2 qts low would be only 3 qts added if the pan was pulled?

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That said, I have since done another set, the portion by the radiator is the hardest part as you have to get it around the end tank and core support all the while its tangled up with the reciever/dryer and associated a/c lines... I may work on a non-service book writeup, we will see if time permits.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

I removed the engine skid, grill, and air filter housing entension to do my own investigating on what it's going to take to replace these lines. Mopar# 55038175AA is both of the lines. The rubber section visible behind the radiator is maybe 12" long to make a bend, then goes back to hardlines in a "Z" bend then back to the passenger side of tranny. Naturally, the one that is leaking on mine ends up higher on the transmission and is the hardest to get to, but might as well replace them both. I think I can reach them without taking anything else off, even though having the exhaust out of the way is probably the golden ticket. Dealer stocks the lines for $60, but are they just going to end up leaking from the hose crimp again sometime down the road? I'm seriously considering taking the lines to the local hose/fitting shop and having them cut the rubber and crimped sections out and convert that to stainless steel hose. Or better yet, have them install threaded fittings on each end, so that I'm not trying to fish one piece of five feet of pre-bent tubing into place. This way, I can only mess with one half at a time and just connect the two pieces with the threaded fitting and hose. And still probably for less $.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

picked up the lines today. I will put them in once all this snow passes. They were 60 and i havent looked at the job yet but i dont think it should be to hard its quick disconnects on both sides but i will let everyone know when i get done
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

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picked up the lines today. I will put them in once all this snow passes. They were 60 and i havent looked at the job yet but i dont think it should be to hard its quick disconnects on both sides but i will let everyone know when i get done
Yours has quick connects? It looks like my 05' has 3/8" pipe threads at both the tranny (chuckle) and the cooler. Can you post pics of the new lines? I might do mine this weekend, but can't decide if I want to get new OEM ones or have the rubber section on my current ones replaced.
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Yours has quick connects? It looks like my 05' has 3/8" pipe threads at both the tranny (chuckle) and the cooler. Can you post pics of the new lines? I might do mine this weekend, but can't decide if I want to get new OEM ones or have the rubber section on my current ones replaced.
No, the "quick" disconnect fittings are what thread into the trans, the cooler lines clip into those with E clips.

Suggestion: get spare E clips and just pull them off with a pick.. they can be a PITA with the E clip tool to still get the line out. So using a pick and removing the clip can and will cause them to go flying (a reason to have spares).
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Where can I find a 8875A disconnect tool? Is there a generic equivalent that is less than the $60 Miller tool, or any other way to disconnect the lines? What a can of worms!
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