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I have "leaky line syndrome" you know where the connectors hold the lines from rubbing each other along the transmission. They have started to rust and are beginning to drip. I called the Dodge dealer and the three lines cost $232.78 not including the little clips (rust starters) that are $3 each. The price didn't sound too hateful but I was wondering if there is another source that has lines with a port for the transmission temperature gauge that I am going to install?I called Geno's who sells them for the older trucks but not the 02. They recommended Goerend Transmissions who said they order them from Dodge and would have to charge shipping on top of that. No good.Any help from a "been there done that" guy is welcome.Also, are these lines a MitsuBitchy" to get off? After reading the recent posts about the ball joint fiasco, I thought I had better prepare myself. It takes less time to have hemmoroid surgery than to remove ball joints from the sounds of it. I hope this isn't akin to that job.

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The older Volvos have a problem like that where the trans cool pipe would get rubbed through. I cut the line with a tube cutter and slide transmission hose over the pipe with two mini hose clamps. Another way is to cut out the bad part and splice in a new tube with line unions.

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Get them from Rockauto.com they just became members here and offer 5% discount. I just bought a tranny line last week from them it was the cooler return line from the front cooler to back port on the tranny and it was only 30 bucks and change shipped. It rubbed through on the crossmember under the driver side of the engine and was starting to weep a bit, good thing I found it while doing a complete service if it had rubbed through it would have fried a tranny in a heart beat going down the road.

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Is there a way to link to Rockauto through this site for the discount? I checked their website and really am not sure which line is which. The price looks good. How was the quality?If I am looking at the right ones Part #s B61050, A61097, & A61098 the total would be around $100. Not bad.

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Is there a way to link to Rockauto through this site for the discount? I checked their website and really am not sure which line is which. The price looks good. How was the quality?

If I am looking at the right ones Part #s B61050, A61097, & A61098 the total would be around $100. Not bad.

Its right out front in the vender section. The quality is always good with them. I have bought a ton of stuff from them as they have great prices even without the extra 5% discount.

http://forum.mopar1973man.com/threads/4696-RockAuto-Introduction-amp-Discount-Code!

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Sounds like a whole lot easier way to do it. I wonder if a repair with rubber line would last?

I would still need to find a place to put the sending unit for the trans. temp. gauge.

Check out this thread for a factory line and a place for a tranny temp sensor in the best spot possible right out of the converter where the oil is the hottest for the most accurate reading.

http://forum.mopar1973man.com/threads/1135-Installing-Tranny-temp-gauge?highlight=cooler+line

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The trans hose is a quick cheap fix. Buy 1 ft of trans cooling hose and 2 small hose clamps from any parts house, about $8, cut the pipe with a small pipe cutter slide the hose clamps on the pipe then slide the hose on to the pipe. Befor putting hose on lube pipe with Vasoline. I've hade this type of a fix last over 5 yr. I put the trans tempsender on the cooling pipe coming of the front pump. It will give you the hottest moving fluid temp. I bought the fittings from a Parker store up the road from me. You have to use a small pipe cutter and take about 1" of pipe put. I'll try to have a picture of it tomorrow.

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If you go the cobble route and try what he has I would highly suggest that you flare the ends of the steel pipe to aid in the prevention of the pressure pushing the lines apart the flare will give the hose clamp a bulge it can't pop over, even though the pressure is slight will be higher when its cold out and when everything shrinks I have seen many trannies burned up when the pressure pops the hose off the pipe due to the 1 dollar cobble job.A hundred bucks for a couple pipes is well worth the insurance rather than chancing a 3K tranny.

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This is the problem area that is leaking. The black area is rust inhibitor that I had applied to try to slow the rust down a bit until I could get the lines replaced. I have decided to just bite the bullet and replace all of them. If I don't get them off now, well, I wouldn't want to do it later, it will only get harder.Has anyone ordered these lines from Rock Auto before. I am having a hard time figuring out which one is which. I called them and the girl that tried to help me was no help.I want to order: 1) The front line from the transmission to the tank (don't know what that thing is called) on the passenger side of the engine.2) The line from the above mentioned tank, to the cooler near the grill. It attaches to a rubber hose with a clip about a 1 foot back near the oil pan.3) The one that goes from the cooler (connects to rubber line with metal fitting held by a clip near the oil pan) to the rear port of the transmission.Is it best to replace those fittings that go into the transmission as well? They don't look good either.I hope this isn't too confusing.

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I want to order:

1) The front line from the transmission to the tank (don't know what that thing is called) on the passenger side of the engine.

Its called the heat exchanger or "auxilary cooler" and you should order the factory mopar line with the temp sensor port in it. Here is the Chrysler part #.......05011244AA

2) The line from the above mentioned tank, to the cooler near the grill. It attaches to a rubber hose with a clip about a 1 foot back near the oil pan.

This one at rock auto is edelman part # A61097

3) The one that goes from the cooler (connects to rubber line with metal fitting held by a clip near the oil pan) to the rear port of the transmission.

This is the one I just replaced on my 02 and ordered from Rock auto. Edelman Part # is B61050

Is it best to replace those fittings that go into the transmission as well? They don't look good either.

I hope this isn't too confusing.

My replys are in your quote above with the part numbers for the lines you are looking for. If you look at the description on rockautos web site it describes them and their location quite well.
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Wild & Free, Thanks, disregard the PM, I didn't see the post until after I sent it. Also, I think the one you said to order from Chrysler is available through RA as well. It is part # 624352 $43.79.I hope that is the right one. It is the only one where they actually have a picture and it looks to be right, unless you know differently.Thanks again. Bob

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Thanks John. As suggested earlier, Rockauto has the same line (but with a rubber section going up to the heat exchanger). The port is closer to the trans. on the one from Rockauto, which will probably give a little more accurate reading.

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post-11232-138698180936_thumb.jpgHere's where the transmission fluid temp sensor is located on my truck. If I had known your lines were that bad with rust I would have told you to replace them too. I wasn't thinking about rust because we don't get it real bad in southeren Califronia.
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