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Old 12-14-2016, 10:11 AM
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2007 Transmission cooler lines - so pissed off

My 2007 Wrangler Sahara transmission cooler lines are seeping, so I take the Jeep to a dealer; they will not patch the lines just replace both for $423... ouch. Can't finish that day because they do not have the lines in stock, but can do them today and will call when ready. Just called me and they cannot get the cooler lines to stay attached because of corrosion on the cooler line connection on the radiator.
They want to charge me another $900 to replace the radiator...and they don't have it in stock...they have to order it from Boston!!!!!!

I'm about to blow my top...I told them not to do anything until I get there and see it...Now I just need a ride

Does this sound reasonable? Am I mad for no reason

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Old 12-14-2016, 10:59 AM   #2
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Don't know that I would be mad about it, but sounds about right for a dealer. They are in the business to make money. If it isn't an emergency, just order the parts from a secondary source. Radiators and coolant lines are pretty easy stuff in my experience.

Break out a wrench and DIY it. Good learning experience.

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My 2007 Wrangler Sahara transmission cooler lines are seeping, so I take the Jeep to a dealer; they will not patch the lines just replace both for $423... ouch. Can't finish that day because they do not have the lines in stock, but can do them today and will call when ready. Just called me and they cannot get the cooler lines to stay attached because of corrosion on the cooler line connection on the radiator.
They want to charge me another $900 to replace the radiator...and they don't have it in stock...they have to order it from Boston!!!!!!

I'm about to blow my top...I told them not to do anything until I get there and see it...Now I just need a ride

Does this sound reasonable? Am I mad for no reason

Kurt
Well that's crap ton for labor. Is the jeep still under warranty? If not you can do the whole job yourself for under $400, maybe cheaper. I know I helped my buddy swap his radiator in his jk and the radiator was like $130 at advance and came with a lifetime warranty. We had the old radiator out and new one installed in about two hours. Total cost for everything with coolant was around $150. Just a note as well neither one of us had ever done this before and only thing we used for reference was a video found online. It wasn't hard to do.

As far as the transmission cooler lines costing $423, another rip off by dealer. I had a shop put a bigger transmission cooler on mine, ripped charger transmission cooler, and it only cost me $330 out the door for the transmission cooler and the installation of it.

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Most dealers won't do a patch repair. They'll replace components. If there's an issue with a component that's attached to another part that there's a problem with then they'll want to also replace that part. A private shop is usually better at trying to repair other than replace. A Mopar radiator is less than 250. Labor would be 2-4 hrs. If they're billing the part and high hours on the labor then the cost can creep up to the 900 range, but they should still be able to take 100 off that price for that type of repair. On 10 yr. old vehicles there always seems to be those types of problems when certain parts are replaced. You can usually do better with repair costs by using a local reputable shop. It doesn't hurt to get an estimate from a local shop, but I understand that the work is already being done. Dealers will always charge more for repairs.
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get a skid plate to protect your coolant lines as well
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The radiator has nothing to do with the transmission cooler on a 3.8L JK. The cooler is located at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser. The lines from the trans click connect to two shorter lines that then enter the cooler at the driver side of the condenser. It is not necessary to remove the lines at the cooler. They're actually quite easy to replace. I'd also suggest it a good idea to use this as an opportunity to add an auxiliary transmission cooler. In summary, I'd get a different opinion, sounds like you dealer is either in over their heads or perhaps they just like to make a lot of money.


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The radiator has nothing to do with the transmission cooler on a 3.8L JK. The cooler is located at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser. The lines from the trans click connect to two shorter lines that then enter the cooler at the driver side of the condenser. It is not necessary to remove the lines at the cooler. They're actually quite easy to replace. I'd also suggest it a good idea to use this as an opportunity to add an auxiliary transmission cooler. In summary, I'd get a different opinion, sounds like you dealer is either in over their heads or perhaps they just like to make a lot of money.


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Iím actually about to replace my radiator in my JK. I have the 3.8L engine. Itís a 2008 w/automatic transmission. I keep hearing that I will need to deal with transmission cooler lines. But, when I look at my radiator, I see a couple of lines that clip into a bracket on the driver side of the radiator, but donít actually plug into the radiator itself. Is this what Iím hearing about, or are there actually lines that go into the radiator that I need to worry about?
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I had a recall service done on my 2008 Sahara trans cooling lines.
Is your problem different?
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I had a recall service done on my 2008 Sahara trans cooling lines.
Is your problem different?
Yeah. I just straight have the common malady of the leak in the corner of the radiator where it connects to the plastic side tank. Simply replacing the radiator should fix the problem.
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The 2 year old lines on my 07 were seeping at 21Kmi and on backorder. One of several reasons it got sent packing after 2 months.
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The trans coolers on the 3.8 have always been an issue and its common to get the overheating warning. the cooler is at the bottom and gets clogged with dirt and other garbage and after getting the warning 2 times I just put in a new after market trans cooler. it was super easy, honestly anyone can do it. The new cooler was a direct fit, Flex-a-lite 41166JK you will have to buy 2 fittings to go along with it and some transmission line. but all in all it was around $150 and you get a whole lot better cooler in the end. I just unhooked the rubber lines and let them hang then reconnected my new rubber lines to the metal lines that go to the transmission. a lot cheaper option that has a better result in the end
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An aftermarket cooler, or the more expensive Mopar auxiliary trans cooler, is the solution on 3.8L JK automatics. Whatever, the deficient trans cooler design on the 3.8L can cause a catastrophic fire. The fluid overheats and the xoands to the point it pours out of the fill tube right onto the passenger side exhaust manifold and catalytic converter. It will ignite and burn through the plastic fuel line that runs right behind the exhaust crossover. The fuel is under significant pressure and blows all over the hot exhaust. The result is a total loss and a potentially life threatening situation. Chrysler band aided the mess with the ďHOT OILĒ indicator on the dash. The fix is more cooling capacity.

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