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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Has anyone recently finished this job themselves? Mine are in need and the dealer here quoted me $315. Unreal
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

315 isnt too bad considering the job... I have since done a set on a 3.7l and it sucked and there was more room than a V8... I have also looked into what my dealer charges and we charge 2.0hr so 210-220 in labor alone... then the parts themselves, a quart of ATF because they dont do portions of a quart for you and they will want to make sure its topped off considering the cooler and lines has been drained. then all the stupid misc charges, shop supplies and hazardous waste, etc which even independants charge. Then a round up a couple bucks to make sure they cover everything with their estimate and viola... 315 is decent.

Its not a fun job, it takes patience, and a little bit of muscle. If your not comefortable making things go where they belong, getting one hand pulling the radator back and the other working the hoses through the gap they dont fit through then just pay the man... if you do have the mechanical aptitued, git er done! IF you go about it I would suggest starting with removing the grill and intake tube beside the headlamp. work on getting the lines disconnected there, if you cannot, STOP and dont continue, it only gets tougher squeezing your hands up to the side of the transmission.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Thats what Im looking for...Just bought the thing mid Jan. havent even put a 1000 miles on it so not too happy. Looks like they've been leaking for a while. Bought it out of state so a trip back to the original dealer is a bit tough..at least $100 in gas. Im in process of working with them now...but doesnt look promising...so far they say they need to see it first and to make that drive for them to say they wont do anything would be a waste of travel expense and time. Im not a cheapo but figured if its something I can tackle with some patience itd be nice to save $250 in labor.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

From your earlier post on the disconnects.. Ive seen a trans line disconnect tool from Sears. Is that the quick disconnect tool or is that for the e clips you reference?
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

I needs to look something like this:



There are plastic ones available too that are probably much cheaper than those (as seen here: http://www.bulkpart.com/Merchant2/me...60E-4L65Etools

The tool must have 3 prongs, so you slide it into the clip and twist it, the twisting motion will put the 3 tabs on the tool under the 3 retaining points on the spring clip, then in theory you simply pull the line out... IN THEORY, they are never that simple, especially on the one that mounts higher on the trans. I can just get ONE hand to it let alone 1 to put the tool in and hold it while pulling with the other.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Ok great...I noticed on MOPAR's store there are clips for purchase with the lines.. I would imagine it would be a good idea to buy a new set in case they break. Thank you for all the advice. My catalytic converter is brand new. Would it help to lower it down to access the points where the lines connect to the tranny. Noticed the connections are right above the Cat.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

YES, get spair clips... you very well may come to just pulling the spring clips out, and when you do I PROMISE they will go flying and blend in with the ground because of that damn Mr. Murphy.

I could not tell you for sure on the exhaust, I would imagine it would give you much needed hand room but as to if its worth the extra time to dissassemble you will need to assess on the spot if it will save more for you having it out of the way.

Also note that your cats will litterally get burn your hands off hot in less than a minute of running, so I would suggest parking the vehicle will you will do the repair prior to actually doing it, running and picking up the parts then coming home and performing the repair is not an option.

also unbolting the radiator and tipping it forward is absolutely a must... the lines still dont want to fit, you have to... ahem... encourage them, carefully so as to not damage anything surrounding. Like the pressurized a/c lines and the radiator. I also unbolted the reciever dryer which is bolted to the top fan shround bolt so you can kinda move it slightly out of the way (this is hard lines it wont move a ton).
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

LOL that $315 starts sound better every minute. As far as needing parts I have a county car I can run back and forth so the Jeep can go out of service for a while. Ill guess Ill assess the situation then go from there...it'd be nice to save some $$$ but in the long run and all the work it may just be easier to let them do it and do it right. Thank you again for all the tips.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

I just went through this myself. It seems this cooler line design is notorious for leaking at those crimps. I had someone do it for just under $400 as I just didn't have the time. Since I had it done I saw a thread on Jeeps Unlimited where several guys had just cut out the rubber section and slid hose over it and double hose clamped it on either end. Personally, I would rather just have the line replaced but that is just me. I just wanted you to know there is a $40 option out there that some guys have proven to work.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Thanks for the input. Just spoke with the dealer I bought it from in mid Jan. and they are going to replace them at no cost. Just need to plan a trip back to PA where they are located. Definitely a sigh of relief.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Dealer quoted me $285 parts/labor. I'm just gonna cough it up. I don't want to mess with those clips and can't even find the specific disconnect tool for less than $70. With that plus $60 for the lines, my time and risk of screwing up anything major, $155 + warranty of the work seems worth it to me.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

There seems to be a whole lot of variability in the prices being quoted for this job! I've had them replaced three times (once under warranty, 2x out of pocket) and have always been under $200. The lines are $60-$70, and I am always charge .8hrs to replace them. What are other people being quoted for the hours? I thought this was a simple matter of looking up the hours required in a book...sometimes it takes longer, sometimes it takes less time, but the charge to the customer is always the same.

Have I just lucked out all those times I have had it done and it should have cost me more???
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