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Unread 04-05-2015, 11:13 AM   #1
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Question for other 97 ZJ owners

I discovered out a while back that my tranny fluid return line coming out from the top of my radiator has a big crimp in it and so I've been looking to replace it. An OEM replacement is no longer made and I found what I believed is the correct Dorman-brand substitute. It looks identical to how it is depicted in my '97 Factory Parts Manual however it does not appear to be identical to the line currently in my car.

I'm trying to find out if maybe the line was replaced at one point and if the rubber section just had enough slack to work with the apparently shorter replacement.

It seems that pre- and post- 97s may have different setups from the factory so I've love to hear back from others who have a 97 ZJ.

Here is a pic of what I am talking about:

And here's a picture of the replacement with a red arrow showing where the line should end, preferably.

I am wondering if the rubber section beginning at the red arrow is connected to the line at the same point on other '97 ZJs? Or further down? My replacement line is a bit longer and goes further down and to the left.

I could try and replace the line anyway and hope the rubber section has enough slack to accommodate the longer replacement but I'd like to hear from others before I try.


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Unread 04-05-2015, 04:20 PM   #2
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Mine was built in Nov. 97 and the hose-to-tube connection appears the same as in your pic. The tube appears to have an extra bend compared to the one you show. Perhaps they mean for you to bend it yourself, else it is the wrong part. I've had that with Dorman parts.
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Unread 04-05-2015, 04:39 PM   #3
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Do you have v8 or 6 ?
Mines a v8 and these are the two lines i bought and they fit perfect:

I went all out and replaced all the lines to the trans cooler back.
Dorman 624-839 Lower Outlet Transmission Line
Dorman 624-809 Lower Inlet Transmission Line
Dorman 624-384 Upper Elbow Transmission Line
Dorman 624-838 Upper Inlet Transmission Line
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