*EDIT* Shoulda put in TJ section.. I am apparently semi-retarded. I think I started putting it here for general advice on what to do, although I do think it should be in TJ section. Feel free to move if you feel it should be in TJ.*
Ok, I am going to try and make this fiasco as short as possible.
I bought this Jeep about a month ago. As soon as I signed the paper work, I found a paper in the glove box stating the trans was previously replaced 2,000 miles ago. Didnt think anything of it. Few weeks later, I have the dealership look at it before I go on vacation for a clutch squeak. They tell me they need to order an O2 sensor and to come back in 2 days. I came back, they replaced the O2 sensor, and said the trans was improperly installed and they cannot touch the Jeep anymore untill the bolts were fixed.
They said one bolt was cross threaded and one was tight, but not touching the bellhousing or flexplate. They said it was probably not the clutch chattering, but was actually probably the bellhousing slapping the block, or the flexplate? (plate inbetween bellhousing/block think its called flexplate..brain fart..) was vibrating whenever I am on a hill in 1st or reverse and push the clutch in. I also hear a metallic vibration from 10-5mph when slowing down.
I wasnt too worried about it, but I paid for the labor which was supposed to be reimbersed by the dealer that replaced the trans and went on vacation. When I got back, I took it to the dealer that did the trans. They tell me everything is A-OK and that myself and the dealer are full of it.
Just to be safe, I took the Jeep today to a 3rd dealer, too make sure everything was kosher. They then told me the same thing as the first. Basically, there are 2 bolts, one cross threaded at an angle, and the other is tight but not touching anything (too long). They said its a workmanship issue and no other dealer except the one that installed the trans is going to touch this Jeep untill it is fixed properly.
I called Diamler Chrysler customer service and explained the situation, and was told that their dealership are all independently owned and I could either sell my Jeep and buy something else, or let the dealer that did the trans fix the problem (which they say is non existant).
So I went outside and looked underit myself. I had been trying to avoid this, because I stoped working on cars, and am a bit of a perfectionist. I ended up finding the bolts in question, which seem to be bolts that only hold the plate to trans, not trans to block, and also found what appears to be a decent rear main seal leak. Now this thing has been on 3 lifts, and had 4 technicians under it, and not a dang one said anything about a rear main leak...
I am not sure what to do now. I called the dealer that did the trans again, and got the service manager. I have an appointment tommorrow morning to have it put on a lift and myself, him, and a tech, go underneith and look for this problem. Thing is, I have spent 2 mornings, and 2 vacation days, getting this squared away. All dealers are atleast 15 miles each way away, and I am also paying labor fees to have this thing looked at. I feel like I am being screwed.
Am I crazy in thinking this should be fixed, or am I just being stubborn? I took some pics so you all might be able to see what I am talking about. click pics to make them a lot bigger.
Leak and bolt:
Leak and bolt 2:
Rear of transmission, where the leak ends and drips onto ground:
End of leak 2:
ground after driving car ~40 miles than parked it for 15 mins:
Cross threaded (angled) bolt:
Angled bolt again:
Upper bolt with the gab, couldnt get a good pic: