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post #1 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Help a Jeep Girl Out- price check on transmission line replacement

Hello Fellow Jeepers! I have a 95 XJ that needs new transmission lines-at least that is what I thought, and what my jeep guy confirmed. I was driving in and I noticed it was kind of lurching a bit. When I would push on the gas it revved like it was in neutral and then slowly moved forward. As soon as I parked, there was transmission fluid leaking out pretty heavily. I took it to my regular jeep guy, he said it was the lines that were leaking. he refilled the transmission with fluid, drove it around the block and said it ran great-of course there was a trail of fluid the whole way.

He quoted me $575, which seemed really high to me. I have had my jeep for 17 years, and while I am no mechanic, I have gotten pretty good at knowing what is wrong and what it is going to cost. The thing is, he wasn't trying to rip me off, because he was actually trying to talk me out of fixing it! The place where he works only repairs Jeeps and they sell them as well. He has been very trustworthy and great to work with in the past. And like I said, he was actually saying that he didn't think I should "put more money in the money pit" so he wasn't trying to get my business.

He said the parts alone would be 250,then three hours of labor at $90 an hour (which is good for the area.) Am I crazy? Or is this really crazy high prices?

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 10:58 PM
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craigslist mechanic,,or find a friend that knows how to turn wrenches,,,and get your parts from a junkyard,

lift it,,,,fat girls cant jump
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 11:45 PM
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Rip off. ^^ Yeah jy; I pulled mine out for $30. Didn't take me nowhere near 3 hrs...
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Go to Rockauto and get new ones? Switch panels for our jeeps

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 07:57 AM
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and he was trying to talk you out of fixing it cause like you said he fixes and sells them

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post #6 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 08:43 AM
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Is it the crimp fitting or the quick disconnect fitting that is leaking? If so, I cut mine off and flared the ends with a standard single flare tool that can be purchased at auto parts stores. Then connected the two ends with a piece of 3/8" reinforced fuel line. That seems high to replace both trans lines. The hard lines rarely leak so it depends on where it is leaking (trans or radiator). I own my flare tool, but they are about $15 or so and do not but the Harbor Freight one as it does not grip the line well. The hose cost $5 for a few feet and a couple hose clamps. And a tubing cutter from Harbor Freight cost $3 on sale.

I fixed my leaking quick disconnect fitting and crimp fitting last week. Cutting the lines, flaring the ends and topping the fluid off took about and hour or so.

Do you know where exactly it is leaking at? This would help us determine the best fix for you.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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@ grim 626, he didn't want to buy it, I wish he did. Told me to just see what I could get for it online.

The leak is in the actual hard lines-both of them. Both were totally rusted with multiple holes. He told me the parts were so expensive because for that model of jeep, there isn't an aftermarket part. I called the dealership and another mechanic, both told me the same thing. oh well.............
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 10:38 AM
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I would think it wouldn't be too difficult or expensive to find what you need from a junkyard. At least 91-96 Cherokees if not more years than that (I'm not sure if anything relevant to the trans lines changed) would all be candidates. It could possibly be as broad as 87-01 since those were all 4.0+AW4 engine+trans years.
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for a temporary fix you could cut out the rotted spot that is leaking and use a section of reinforced rubber line/hose clamps . good idea to slightly flair the metal lines so help keep the line on better
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 04:20 PM
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I think the junkyard advice should not be the default answer.
In reality, many areas of the country no longer have junkyards.

You can get new tranny cooler lines for like $20-$25 each on
I believe they are easy to remove and replace if you're a mechanic.
I would get another quote b/c replacing 3 metal lines seems very high for $500.
Parts should be more like $60, if you buy them yourself. 1 hour labor seems reasonable.
I'd price this job at $150-$200. Not $500.

3 hours? No way. I think he's a crook. Get a 2nd opinion.
I bet he's looking to buy your XJ cheap and sell it.
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post #11 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 04:26 PM
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He wants to see your trans fry due to loss of fluid and then get you for $1500.

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 04:44 PM
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Pressure and return lines show up on Amazon and JCWhitney for $30 or less each (and IN STOCK).
There can't be more than a few clamps holding each line in place.
As much as I HATE doing repairs, this is a no brainer. Do it yourself.
If I brought the parts to MY mechanic, I doubt he'd charge me more than $90 to install them.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 04:51 PM
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The issue is that you can't drive it around to get a 2nd opinion.
Just go to NAPA and ask them for all 3 tranny cooler lines.
Then call around and get quotes, b/c it's got to be a standard job.
Then tell the Jeep guy you shopped him around if he wants to do it for that price.
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