Purchased late 2012 new from dealer. My son reported "hot oily amber drips" on his bare rt. foot while driving home from the beach. I investigated and it very much appeared to be coolant leaking from heater core area just above gas pedal.
I removed and coupled together the heater hoses on the firewall in the engine compartment and it appears to have stopped (confirming, in my mind, that the heater core is ca-putz). Incidentally, my daughter (primary vehicle driver) reported that the heater/defrost had not been working (blower works, AC works, no heat) for last 6 months (naturally, she did not tell me this until the activity surrounding the coolant leak commenced). My questions are:
- the Jeep is only 3 1/2 yrs. old, 33,000 miles. This seems way too soon for the heater core to fail. It is out of warranty but shouldn't the dealer make it right?
- Does anyone else have experience with heater core failure on late model Jeeps?
- Is my heater core bypass job going to cause any problems?