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Unread 10-19-2005, 10:08 PM   #1
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radiator tranny hose quick disconnect

I'm replacing the stock radiator on my '91 XJ Laredo (4.0 I6 automatic w/ air conditioning) with an aftermarket 3-row. How do I get the lower tranny cooling hose off? It's got this "quick disconnect" but this is my first time doing this sort of thing and I don't know how to get the thing off.

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Unread 10-19-2005, 10:15 PM   #2
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Squeeze the two tabs with a pair of pliers, push towards the radiator, then tug off. It took me a couple of tries to get it right. Putting it back on you just push it on until it clicks and make sure both tabs are all the way out.
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Unread 10-19-2005, 10:23 PM   #3
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do I need to worry about tranny fluid leaking all over the place?
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I just did this a week and a half ago. When I did it, my Jeep was completely cool..had been sitting all night. I had a drip or two, and that's it...it wasn't even the size of a dime. if it's warm, not sure.
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Unread 10-19-2005, 11:01 PM   #5
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I figure this thing should work like the quick disconnect on my air compressor hose, but since I can't squeeze the thing by hand I tried using my channel lock pliers to squeeze the metal part crimped to the hose together with the female end of this connector (see picture) but the thing won't budge. Any suggestions?
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Unread 10-19-2005, 11:07 PM   #6
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You have to remove the female part to screw into your new rad right? If so, just unbolt it from the rad now and pull the end off once it's out.
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Unread 10-19-2005, 11:13 PM   #7
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the bottom return tube coming out of the radiator (the male part that goes into the quick disconnect) is already attached to the new radiator, and it doesn't look like you can unscrew it from the old radiator without taking the tube off.

Maybe you're thinking of the compression fitting from the top tranny tube?
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Unread 10-19-2005, 11:23 PM   #8
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Maybe, it's been like 3yrs sinse I did mine. Maybe try to get a wide Zip tie over the plastic clamp and squeeze it tight.
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Unread 10-20-2005, 01:49 PM   #9
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After talking to several auto pats stores, including a Jeep parts store, everyone says I need a special tool to get this quick disconnect off. The Jeep parts store said I could get it off without a tool but it would break in the process and I would need to replace it.

My girlfriend's 2000 Cherokee has the same exact connection as my '91 so I'm sure someone has run across this before. Here's a link to the photo again:

Thanks for all your help folks!
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Unread 10-20-2005, 01:54 PM   #10
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you shouldn't need a special tool. You might just need to take off the lower radiator hose if it's anything like my ZJ was. The lower radiator hose was in the way just enough where I couldn't fully get around the quick disconnects to squeeze them well enough for the thing to pull off.

It is just a quick disconnect like everyone said, you just need to squeeze the two and pull. Sounds easier then it is in some cases though
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Unread 10-20-2005, 03:31 PM   #11
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I had to remove that when I changed radiators probably 4 or 5 years ago on an '87 if I remember right, there is a plastic piece that is used as part of the quick disconnect, be carefull not to rip it apart, I think I had to get a new one when I did this.

Not to hyjack, but...Has anyone had a leak that originated from this connection? I think thats where one of my many are coming from.
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Unread 10-21-2005, 11:46 AM   #12
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I figured it out. It takes a brake line / tranny line removal tool. See link: removal tool

I got a generic 2-in-1 tool for $9 at carquest and I had the tranny line off in 5 seconds.

Thanks for all your comments. I hope this helps someone in my situation in the future!
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Unread 10-21-2005, 12:50 PM   #13
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I figured it out. It takes a brake line / tranny line removal tool.
I just used my fingers.

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Not to hyjack, but...Has anyone had a leak that originated from this connection?
I've had mine off of my radiator a few times and the ones off of the fuel rail a few times and none of them leak. You just need to be careful with the tabs when you squeeze them.
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Unread 10-21-2005, 04:58 PM   #14
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I was just going to post about that same exact line. Anybody know how to fix a leaky quick disconnect? Anybody eliminate the fitting all togeather?

Thanks y'all!
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I guess I got lucky mine came off first try using a pair of needle nose pliers. I dont know why they didnt make the bottom trans line threaded like the top.

Probably because that would be too easy....
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