Anyone experience a coolant leak at the hose assembly on their Routan yet? Apparently it was a common leak on the '08 Chrysler/Dodge minivans (both 3.8L and 4.0L engines) at the Y-fitting where the heater hose diverts front and rear heater hoses. Very common problem on Chryco's in prior generations too. Mine blew over the weekend as I was about to turn onto the interstate. So I instead drove to the next light (watching temp gauge closely), turned left into the VW dealership (how convenient!) and left it there. Steam coming out of the hood, opened the hood and there was coolant everywhere in the engine bay. Will find out tomorrow how much this will set me back. Knowing VW dealerships, I'm pessimistically expecting a $500 or $1000 repair estimate (in which case I'll have a tow truck take it elsewhere).
I first found evidence of a slow leak a few weeks ago after noticing some evaporated coolant splatter under the hood. At the time, I inquired with my independent mechanic and he called the Dodge dealer and said it was a $300+ part, dealer-only. I topped up coolant a time or two since then (not much at all) and was planning to have it taken care of at the upcoming 60k mile service. Didn't make it that far though.
Did some 'research' at the Chrysler minivans and Dodge forums sites, and everything there seems to support it being a common problem. Several people there reporting it as a $300 dealer-only part too. Same as my independent mechanic said a few weeks ago. But then some other folks apparently found the part for $90, $120, and $186. Problem is I have the Dodge part number (04677603ak) but can't find the corresponding VW part number. Anyone know?
Here are the two on-point threads I found:
Just trying to get prepared for a talk with the dealership tomorrow. Would love to know what other VW dealerships are quoting for it online for comparison's sake, but for life of me I can't find it and the Dodge part number of course doesn't correspond to any VW part number.