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I have run into the dreaded leaking Y pipe. The other day I could smell antifreeze when I parked the van. Popped the hood and sure enough, one of the Y pipes was leaking. I was surprised to find I have 2 of them in my 2013 T& C Touring 3.6L van. the one that was leaking was the one behind the real easy to see one. Luckily I had already bought one of the aluminum replacements and it took less than 1/2 hour to replace it the next morning. Next thing I did was order another Y pipe so I can replace the second one (before it starts leaking).
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I have run into the dreaded leaking Y pipe. The other day I could smell antifreeze when I parked the van. Popped the hood and sure enough, one of the Y pipes was leaking. I was surprised to find I have 2 of them in my 2013 T& C Touring 3.6L van. the one that was leaking was the one behind the real easy to see one. Luckily I had already bought one of the aluminum replacements and it took less than 1/2 hour to replace it the next morning. Next thing I did was order another Y pipe so I can replace the second one (before it starts leaking).
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Can you provide a part # and supplier for the aluminum Y pipe?
 

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Can you provide a part # and supplier for the aluminum Y pipe?
Dorman makes an aftermarket kit with aluminum Y-pipe, but the hose and hose clamps in the kit are junk and if you go that route you should plan to replace those with good hose & hose clamps. Apparently Dorman also sells just the aluminum Y without a kit, which might be a better option. The Dorman parts with the aluminum Y have an "HP" suffix in the part number. If no HP, it will be the plastic Ys.

Member on these forums gzukoff (ebayer newyorkbuyer) sells both the Dorman kit and the aluminum Y that he has fabricated, which might be the best option and what I would buy if I had to do it over again: https://www.ebay.com/sch/newyorkbuyer/m.html?item=303136494170&oid=292998924433&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

If you search gzukoff you can probably find the 20 or 30 page thread on this topic.


Leave it alone unless is leaking. Don't try to be proactive.
I agree generally with this, but would just add in my view that it's probably good idea to be proactive in the sense of having the aluminum replacement on hand for when the plastic one does crack/leak. Also, if one leaks and have to drain/refill/bleed coolant anyway to replace one of them, then if it were me I'd go ahead and do both at that time. But I agree no sense in replacing them before there is any leak at all. Reasonable minds can differ on that view of course.
 

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I have run into the dreaded leaking Y pipe. The other day I could smell antifreeze when I parked the van. Popped the hood and sure enough, one of the Y pipes was leaking. I was surprised to find I have 2 of them in my 2013 T& C Touring 3.6L van. the one that was leaking was the one behind the real easy to see one. Luckily I had already bought one of the aluminum replacements and it took less than 1/2 hour to replace it the next morning. Next thing I did was order another Y pipe so I can replace the second one (before it starts leaking).
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Where are these Y pipes located? Under the hood?
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You would think FCA would fix this , they have known this is an issue for quite some time now . This is why they get a rep for shoddy quality .
 

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Thanks for all the info here and linking to the other longer thread. Just had it happen and at least knew what was needed. Just need to order the aluminum one now.
 

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I disagree; be proactive and replace both of them now. They ARE going to fail, it's only a question of when and it's likely to be at a time of least convenience. I had to replace the ones on my friend's 2008 after one of them "gave up the ghost" and sprayed the engine bay down with coolant during a 200 mile trip back home (it leaked for maybe the last hour). It could have fried the engine. Woman driver, not mechanically inclined so didn't stop because of the antifreeze smell. I had to bypass the rear lines with a hose and fill with water until the repair aluminum Y's were bought/delivered. That was late last fall.

I guess you could save the receipts and if this becomes a factory recall, then you have proof for reimbursement.
 

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I just replaced mine at 163k with the aluminum one.It's working 100% now. View attachment 56543 View attachment 56545
Nice looking kit. Nice clamps too. Aluminum should solve the problem for good.

I guess I need to be proactive and replace both Ys this summer. Anybody not needing to replace them? Very shoddy design and no recall to fix does not bode well..
 

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Definitely be proactive and replace them. It's a pervasive problem and really inconvenient when your car pukes coolant all over the place without warning. Mine gave some warning when it failed (slight smell of coolant after hard throttle). So, I ordered the replacement parts but did not replace (life gets in the way!). One month later, merging onto the highway, it looked like I was fogging for mosquitoes. Coolant everywhere. I was able to limp home on light throttle without overheating or losing too much coolant but you may not be. It's risky to assume that A) you will get a warning, B) you will be able to get to a spot where you can change the Y without overheating or doing damage and C) you will have the part available.

If you are quarantined at home and looking for something to do, change your Y pipe!
 

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I'm usually "if it aint broke, don't fix it" type of guy, but in this particular case I will definitely change these proactively. My wife is the primary driver and I don't want her to get stranded for something I could have easily prevented. And if she overheats the engine because she doesn't notice the temp gauge, it's going to be an expensive repair. For about $30 I'm not going to wait for this to break.
 

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Definitely be proactive and replace them. It's a pervasive problem and really inconvenient when your car pukes coolant all over the place without warning. Mine gave some warning when it failed (slight smell of coolant after hard throttle). So, I ordered the replacement parts but did not replace (life gets in the way!). One month later, merging onto the highway, it looked like I was fogging for mosquitoes. Coolant everywhere. I was able to limp home on light throttle without overheating or losing too much coolant but you may not be. It's risky to assume that A) you will get a warning, B) you will be able to get to a spot where you can change the Y without overheating or doing damage and C) you will have the part available.

If you are quarantined at home and looking for something to do, change your Y pipe!
Excellent advice. What year and miles?
 
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