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.