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Old 02-14-2011, 11:39 AM
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

3 times? How long do they last, on average?
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

I just noticed a small pool of red fluid under mine today as well. I remember the dealer recommending this repair to me a couple oil changes back but saying it did not need to be done right away. Here is a picture of what I'm seeing. Tranny fluid is a little on the low side but not terrible. So to replace these, you are replacing everything correct, not just the rubber black hose between the two silver fittings attached to hard Z-shaped lines on either end?

As you can see, I have some fluid on the silver connector one both ends, the hose itself is wet, and I noticed some fluid droplets on the pan near the center.

Has anyone done this successfully?

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:25 PM
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Nick... er... Jeff... whatever.

Your cooler lines are for sure leaking, and yes it is the entire line(s) from the cooler to the transmission.

If you have a nag1 your "guide bushing" (13pin connector guide) on the passanger
side of the transmission may be leaking too (VERY common) If you have the 545rfe (black transmission pan, the nag is silver) its probably from a leaking transmission pan
seal. I only say this because even though your cooler lines are leaking pretty good, I dont really see them causing an atf accumulation on the trans pan.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

@Crashtown,

I'm typically getting about 40,000 miles before they have to be redone. I guess I'm lucky I get them done for so cheap, but unlucky that they keep needing to be replaced!
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Just picked mine up after this repair from the dealer. $186.42 for labor, but don't specify hours. They initially estimated 1.5-2.0 hours. Naturally they discovered a coolant leak around the thermostat housing, but I'll tackle that myself.
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

WTF was Jeep thinking... After 5 hours i finally got the old lines out and the new lines in. I had to drop the sway bar in order to access enough room to insert thei lines from the front. I recommend to everyone on her just let the dealership do it and let it be their problem...and yes i did attempt this on a lift. did a trans service which did give me a little more room and something ive nerver seen was not only 2 trans filters but one was a screw on inside the trans...any other questions just ask
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Props on the DIY!
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

Well i did say i would about 2 weeks ago and i always stick to it when it comes to the car. i just dont trust that ill get the same quality job sometimes. At least i know if a clip gets broken i can fix it where if someone else brakes one then they may not and they wont ever tell you something like that
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

I second Jayloop. . . saw another forum discuss experiences with cutting off the foolish crimped portions and replacing the rubber hoses with other appropriate material hose--then fixing them in place with 2 hose clamps on each end. Are these high pressure lines (wouldn't think so). What a crime to have to replace the whole line if this crimped area is the number one area for leak....and then do it again...
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

So just to confirm. These are the two lines visible if looking down to the left of the fan shroud? They run from the left side of the grille to the center of the engine? If so, I don't understand why just the rubber portion between the two metal hoses can't be replaced. Is the only reason because Jeep doesn't sell it that way?
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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

As a follow up to my original question. Does anyone know what the ends of the metal hoses look like on each side of the rubber? With mine being a daily driver I can't just take it off and check and hook it back up and not expect the leak to be worse.

My father sells hoses and fittings for industrial machines, and I'm hoping he might be able to get me a quality hose to go in between if I can figure out the connections of the ends. I was hoping something like this would do the trick.

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Re: Leaking trans fluid from behind the grill area?

They have crimps on both ends of the rubber section, which is the source of the leaks. The ends of the S.S. tubing would have to be cut and either a hose slipped over the ends or flare the ends and use tubing connectors. The dealer assured me that it was a common manufacturing flaw that has been corrected.
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