2002 Isuzu Axiom Repair Question
Asked on November 9, 2010
The oil cooler line to the radiator blew without warning
2002 Isuzu Axiom 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 90,000 miles Hello all, I have a 2002 Isuzu Axiom 2w drive. I've owned it since new and have babied it with good maintenance, oil changes etc. I had the transmission serviced at 45k miles and had just about reach 90k miles for my next service of the tranny. Unfortunately the week before I was going to take it to the dealer for service, the oil cooler line to the radiator blew without warning. No leaks or other signs were evident before the failure. Since it was the pressure hose from the tranny that split open, all of the fluid was dumped immediately had the car coasted to a stop. We had it towed to the dealership here in West Palm Beach and they replaced both hoses, the filter, gasket and flushed the tranny all of which came to $507. With the towing charge, I'm out about $600. My question to the group is this: Should I have expected this line to let go this soon? How many others have blown with less than 90k miles? I'm still covered under the 120k mile / 10-year power-train warranty by Isuzu but the dealership said that this pressure line is not part of that warranty. Should I appeal to Isuzu for my out of pocket expenses?
Replied on November 9, 2010
If it's a section of rubber hose that split, at 90,000 miles, you won't win! Not real unusual for a part made from rubber to fail at this mileage...perhaps you should look in your warranty book and see what the hoses and belt are supposed to be changed at, and attack them with this info, they may not have changed them then!