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Old 02-25-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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2012 JKU Transmission Oil Pan a Weak Link?

New guy here, new Jeep owner too. I bought a 2012 JKU last Sunday, on Monday I was out getting acquainted with my Jeep and its systems on some forest service roads. I wasn't doing anything aggressive as a matter of fact I regularly drove my Nissan 4x4 PU on these same roads but it was a chance for me to play in some dirt and use my 4-wheel drive on the Jeep. When I got home my jeep was leaking transmission fluid all over my driveway. Turns out a stick had been kicked up off the road and split the seal on my transmission oil pan. The mechanic said he had never seen this happen and it was a 1 in a million shot. Warranty did not cover it and I was out $153

Has this happened to anyone else here? Is this a known weak spot on the Jeep? Is there any type of recommended armor I should get for this area? As I mentioned, I just bought this vehicle so I am running it stock for now but if this is a known problem it might be the first after market part I add.

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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Should mention I have the 5 speed auto transmission

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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Sounds like it was a 1 in a million shot.
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The weakest link in any jeep is a NEW driver-

The mishap you had coulda been lack of attention, running over branch's at SPEED, or

Like strider says--"one in a million" however getting an oil pan/tranny skid plate is pretty high on the wishlist !!

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I always say to base your mods on your experience, so you are sitting pretty for a transmission skid plate!

It's a bummer something like that happened with your new Jeep. Something like that would have upset me quite a bit I'm sure.
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Thanks all! Love the Seinfeld reference!! Will be looking for some armor among other things before I do any serious wheeling.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:24 PM   #8
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It's not one in a million

It's happening to others as well, Magnum. It happened to me last Sunday. I was out on a gravel road following my wife and son to the lake. My wife was driving her Prius. She ran over some sticks in the road, so did I. One of the sticks got jammed up under my Jeep after it was flipped up by my tire (I'm guessing) and it completely caved in the side of my transmission pan. Fluid started gushing from my transmission. The stick was a rotting piece of oak about the diameter of my thumb. But it cost me $380 to fix the damage it caused at the dealer. I totally thought it would be covered by my warranty. My Jeep has a "Trail Rated" badge. There's no way I would trust that pan off-road. It's either made of aluminum or tin. I held it in my hands. It's weak. My Jeep has never been off-road except for that first time on the gravel road. It had less than 400 miles on it. My wife's Prius was not damaged.

I wrote Chrysler and told them what happened. There is a case manager looking into it. I'm hoping to not only get my money back for the repairs but also to get a beefier transmission pan for my Jeep.

Besides all of that, I love my Jeep. It's a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Crush. I'm hoping to actually trust it off-road sometime soon but not until I get that pan issue resolved.
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Thats why they make skid plates
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Thats why they make skid plates
That might be Jeep's logic too.
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When I saw how exposed the oil pans were (and the material they were made of) and that transmission line that crosses between them I didn’t even want to go on a gravel road until I got some armor under there. Got a skid plate on there now, it’s a shame Chrysler had to drop the skids because of the litigation shaped world we live in.
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It's happening to others as well, Magnum. It happened to me last Sunday. I was out on a gravel road following my wife and son to the lake. My wife was driving her Prius. She ran over some sticks in the road, so did I. One of the sticks got jammed up under my Jeep after it was flipped up by my tire (I'm guessing) and it completely caved in the side of my transmission pan. Fluid started gushing from my transmission. The stick was a rotting piece of oak about the diameter of my thumb. But it cost me $380 to fix the damage it caused at the dealer. I totally thought it would be covered by my warranty. My Jeep has a "Trail Rated" badge. There's no way I would trust that pan off-road. It's either made of aluminum or tin. I held it in my hands. It's weak. My Jeep has never been off-road except for that first time on the gravel road. It had less than 400 miles on it. My wife's Prius was not damaged.

I wrote Chrysler and told them what happened. There is a case manager looking into it. I'm hoping to not only get my money back for the repairs but also to get a beefier transmission pan for my Jeep.

Besides all of that, I love my Jeep. It's a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Crush. I'm hoping to actually trust it off-road sometime soon but not until I get that pan issue resolved.
Check your local maps to see if that gravel road is a named street or route. It may help your case since then you wouldn't have been "off road". You may also be able to file an insurance claim in that case.

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