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Old 12-20-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Transmission Cooler Lines & Warranty.

I have a serious question. I have a 2005 Wrangler SE 4.0 and Automatic transmission. I was driving down the highway at 45 mph and there was a big cloud of smoke and the transmission quite working. I had the vehicle towed to the dealership of which I purchased a warranty. The diagnosis is the transmission cooler lines blew off and leaked out the fluid to the transmission. What causes the lines to blow off ?. Because it was the cooler lines the warranty is voided on the transmission. They said the transmission is covered on a mechanical or parts failure not related to lubrication. Needless to say, I'm unhappy and have to pay for full repairs. Confused on what caused the lines to the transmission cooler to blow off.
I appreciate your help on this one.

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Old 12-20-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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Typical of an aftermarket warranty, they will use every trick in the book to avoid covering a repair. I would threaten to take them to small claims court & post a complaint to your local Better Business Bureau. There is nothing commonly seen in the auto transmission system that would cause that line to blow off.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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Needless to say, I'm unhappy and have to pay for full repairs.
More than likely, all you need is $2 worth of transmission hose and a few quarts of ATF+4.

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Confused on what caused the lines to the transmission cooler to blow off.
A loose hose clamp comes to mind.

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I have a serious question. I have a 2005 Wrangler SE 4.0 and Automatic transmission.
I have a serious question, too. Do you really have an SE with a 4.0L and an automatic transmisison?
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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If I were you I would fix the line which is cheap and very easy then put more ATF and see if the tranny still works. I say this because not long ago my cooler blew and spit most of the fluid out. I had to drive it to the main road with it slipping and whining. I put fluid in and it runs like nothing happened. Just a suggestion
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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Trans problem

Yes it's an SE, threw me off too when I bought it.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:27 PM   #6
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I'd bet there is nothing wrong with our transmission. It quite going because without oil the clutches will not engage and the vehicle will quite moving. Just repair the hose, put oil in it. If the torque converter is out of oil also it may take some time for it to refill so the Jeep might not take off right away.
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Thanks Mody, will do and keep you posted on how it turns out.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:53 AM   #8
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These hoses are a common problem. Just replace and fill and keep fingers crossed.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:27 AM   #9
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I personally would get braided stainless hoses fabbed with xAN fittings at each end:



Whenever a stock part fails in use, I try to upgrade. Hoses are cheap.
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I have a serious question, too. Do you really have an SE with a 4.0L and an automatic transmisison?
If you are questioning that a SE has a 4.0, 05-06 the 4.0 was optional for the SE.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:11 AM   #11
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Thanks to everyone for you help. I got the Jeep back yesterday, The transmission was amazingly undamaged. The trans cooler lines were replaced, a support bracket, as well as trans shifter cables. Not inexpensive but made my day that the trans didn't have to be replaced.
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Ya, I had the line blow out while off roading and pumped the trans dry. Filled it back up and have been driving since. 6 months ago and about 3000 miles. As long as you stopped and didn't keep trying to go, you should be fine.

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