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#1 OFFLINE   dvanbramer88

 
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:27 PM

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I bought 10 feet of vacuum line. It is slightly smaller in ID from the hose that came off my transmission.
The plastic caps, i found out, are a dealer part. So the general consensus on the internet is, use a cheapo lawn mower fuel filter. I checked it by blowing into it, and it flows almost equally in both directions.
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I got 4 small hose clamps and had the barbed fittings laying around, I ended up not needing them.
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My transmission breather was broken and hanging down. Time to do something about it
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that's all i had.

Let's start with the transmission. Let's assume yours is broken or missing. When i pulled on it to cut a small piece off to take into the autoparts store, the whole thing fell off. I was like, great, now I'm never going to find where it goes. After a bunch of reaching around and trying different angles, I found the nipple. It sticks out of the top of the transmission right above where the cooling lines run out. It is on the passenger side and the nipple is rather skinny, with a barb on the end. It almost points right at the right rear tire.

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this is the old line re-attached to the nipple and coming down.

I ran the new hose up along the fire wall following the big wire harness and transmission lines on the passenger side of the motor.
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After i figured out the length and the path i was using, I zip tied the new hose to the transmission cooling lines right where they came out, I also left a little loop of hose between the zip tie and the nipple.
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I ran the hose up to the wire connector bracket for the hood light.
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Than i angled the hose down and zip tied the fuel filter to the AC reservoir. My theory was an upside down "drip loop" If you are familiar with Aquariums and the electronic accessories to them. I put a short piece of hose on the other end of the filter as a rain guard.
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Transfer Case:
I did not relocate the breather per se. I just checked the function of the cap and put a hose clamp on it to secure the cap. I also checked the connection where the hose connects to the transfer case.
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The hose runs up the driver side of the transmission and follows the large wire harness and fuel lines to behind the motor along the firewall on the driver's side.

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Front differential:
The front diff breather can be found on the driver side of the radiator tucked up behind the oil cooling lines.
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It is connected with a metal bracket under the black evap. canister there above the power steering lines. I left that alone. I pulled it up to put a hose clamp on it and inspect the end. I re-routed it to a slightly higher spot.
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I zip tied it to the spring clip on the upper radiator hose.

Rear differential:
Stock location, passenger side along the frame where the brake line runs.
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I did not relocate at this time. But if you were too, Most people run it up to the gas tank fill neck and zip tie it to the little breather hose for the fill neck. I did however check the cap of function and made sure it was secure on the hose.

(I did not relocate it because it did not have the right size hose or barbed fitting. It is a much larger hose than the transmission breather. Also, I have been through plenty of deep water before and have since changed the rear diff fluid, and there was no signs of water ever being in the differential.)
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:01 PM

Great writeup with pictures!!!

IIRC, the tube ID is 3/8" OEM - you mentioned the 1/4" was slightly smaller then OEM.

Where did you buy the tubing?
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:47 PM

good write up. This is one of those jobs that i need to get around to doing. Most auto parts stores sell rubber line like that, im going to probably use some fuel line i have a bunch of just because its the right size. The type of line used isnt super important.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:53 PM

Nice work bud, Thanks for sharing!
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:57 PM

Great writeup with pictures!!!

IIRC, the tube ID is 3/8" OEM - you mentioned the 1/4" was slightly smaller then OEM.

Where did you buy the tubing?


Advance Auto. They have all the sizes from windshield

washer fluid line up to heater hoses sold by the foot. The larger hose for the rear diff is a 1.20 something a foot. The small stuff for the transmission is $.89 a foot.

Also got the fuel filter there. $2.99

good write up. This is one of those jobs that i need to get around to doing. Most auto parts stores sell rubber line like that, im going to probably use some fuel line i have a bunch of just because its the right size. The type of line used isnt super important.


Exactly. Fuel line costs a little more, but if you got it, that's even better. I bought vacuum line because it is a little cheaper than fuel line.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

NOTE: I could of left the transmission breather tied to that bracket or even the trans dip stick and that would leave it higher up. BUT, that would but it right over the exhaust manifold. And on the off chance fluid ever get burped up, I'd rather not have it hit the manifold. Right now fluid would piss down the firewall/inner wheel well if it ever burped up. The breather is right about the same height as the intake for the motor, so the sacrifice of height doesn't really matter anyway.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:36 PM

I have never thought of doing this & after crossing water last year

I think I will have it done

nice write up, thanks for sharing
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

AWESOME write up ! 5 stars I will be using this in the near future :good:

Im going to contact admin , clear it with him so we can pin this thread
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

AWESOME write up ! 5 stars I will be using this in the near future :good:

Im going to contact admin , clear it with him so we can pin this thread


Sounds good to me :)
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

Pinned dave , Again great job on the Write up if you have more to share don't hesitate :D
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:07 PM

Perfect reminder that this is something I need to do, atleast the rear axle, trans and t-case vents. On the same topic anybody know where one can buy the factory style vent caps? I looked at a few parts stores in the 'HELP' section but no luck.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:28 AM

Perfect reminder that this is something I need to do, atleast the rear axle, trans and t-case vents. On the same topic anybody know where one can buy the factory style vent caps? I looked at a few parts stores in the 'HELP' section but no luck.


I know this is a LONG shot but about six months ago I seen some in the LMC catalog , But looking through this months issue I'm not seeing it maybe contact them?
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:36 AM


Perfect reminder that this is something I need to do, atleast the rear axle, trans and t-case vents. On the same topic anybody know where one can buy the factory style vent caps? I looked at a few parts stores in the 'HELP' section but no luck.


I know this is a LONG shot but about six months ago I seen some in the LMC catalog , But looking through this months issue I'm not seeing it maybe contact them?


Their monthly catalouge is not complete by any means. So many more parts online. Check their website. And in my research, I found very few people who were able to buy the factory caps, and they all bought them from a dealership. I like the fuel filters and i confirmed the method with a trusted source who has a lot of off road experience.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:00 PM

For all the hassle of ordering such a simple part a fuel filter do, plus they are very cheap anyhow. Thanks

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:31 AM

I ordered 3/8" fuel line last week, should be in today actually.

Water destroys parts and the fluids that protect them...for how cheap and easy this mod is to complete, this is one of my priorities this week.

Esp now that I have to swap fluids in my trans, rear and tcase after playing in deep mud last month

Considering all of those fluids only had ~ 6mo on them, this was a very costly mistake for me :(

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