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Old 07-16-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Annoying water leak

Hey everyone new to posting in the forum, but definitely not new to wrangler forum. You guys have saved me numerous times. So thanks!

Anyway, I have a 2000 TJ and have been battling a water leak into the tub for about two years. The cowl is sealed, and clear. The door seals are good to go (Now that they have been siliconed), and the A/C drain is clear as well. I am literally out of ideas. Went to the dealer, and asked if they had any suggestions and the guy said it could be a body tub seal that is cracked? I am going to take a look again today. Any idea where these seals are? Hopefully I can find it because the interior is smelling pretty awful from all the mold. ANY suggestions are greatly appreciated. Im at a total loss and cant figure out for the life of me where this is coming from. Its mainly on the passenger side. But does leak on the drivers side every now and then both at my feet.

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you said the cowl is sealed, is the cowl drain clogged?

I have also seen water leaking in through a bad seal on the windshield

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Old 07-16-2013, 09:28 AM   #3
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you said the cowl is sealed, is the cowl drain clogged?

I have also seen water leaking in through a bad seal on the windshield
I meant that the cowl seal is fine. And the cowl is cleared of all debris. Sorry about that. Worded it wrong. I've also replaced the seal where the soft top meets the windshield. Is there another one I should check out? Thanks for the quick response!
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mine was leaking through the seal around the actual windshield when at high speeds and in the rain. po must have gotten the windshield replaced on the cheap
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Where does it leak exactly? Smell the "water" and make sure it doesn't smell like radiator fluid. A crack or hole in the heater core can allow it to drain right into the cab...usually passenger side floorboard.
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OK you said the A/C drain is clear. That is a good thing. However our Jeeps drains for the A/C are poorly designed. When the condensation drains it runs back along the bottom side of that drain into the passenger side floor baord. If that is where you are finding the water you need to put a piece of tubing on that drain. I did the exact thing and it fixed my problem and only cost me less than $1

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mine was leaking through the seal around the actual windshield when at high speeds and in the rain. po must have gotten the windshield replaced on the cheap
The PO of mine definitely had the windshield replaced as well. I'm pretty sure that everything is okay there. I just got back outside again to have another go at it.
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Where does it leak exactly? Smell the "water" and make sure it doesn't smell like radiator fluid. A crack or hole in the heater core can allow it to drain right into the cab...usually passenger side floorboard.
It is most definitely water. Discovered that yesterday when I got 4-6" of water in my tub from the hose. I have a video of the leak coming in but can't seem to figure out how to post it
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OK you said the A/C drain is clear. That is a good thing. However our Jeeps drains for the A/C are poorly designed. When the condensation drains it runs back along the bottom side of that drain into the passenger side floor baord. If that is where you are finding the water you need to put a piece of tubing on that drain. I did the exact thing and it fixed my problem and only cost me less than $1

here is a link http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/a-c-...ml#post3848968
Thanks bigsarge! I'll give it a try. I also notice a lot of water when it rains as well. I'll try adding a video to the thread when I get back from ACE Hardware haha
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If that doesn't work, then here is a great write-up for what you dealing with!

TJ Passenger Side Water Leak Fixed - JeepForum.com
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No problem hope it helps.

Also not sure what kind of top you have?? I noticed that on my drivers side water leaks in when it rains. I have the supertop that has the bolts in the header channel. On the drivers side the nutsert spins after a certain point and does not tighten down all the way, thus lets water leak in the passenger side, runs down the black plastic piece in the floor. Just have not had the chance to fix it yet.
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I meant that the cowl seal is fine. And the cowl is cleared of all debris.
But is the cowl drain cleared of all debris?
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The cowl is completely clear. And I have just a regular bestop soft top on. I also have a hard top for the winter and don't notice the leak as much. But that may be because I'm not running the A/C. I just got the tubing and I'm gonna throw it on now.
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One trick to finding out exactly where it's coming in, is to use talcum powder. Cheap baby powder from the dollar store will work. You'll have to pull the carpeting. Make sure the inside is dry and dust the floor with the powder. If you can recreate the leak with a hose, go for it. You should be able to see the path of the leak. Repeat if necessary to pinpoint the leak.
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Good idea about the powder! If the tube doesn't work I'll be back at it. Here are some pics to make sure I did it the right way. Haha I'm going to call it quits I think for the day. Feels like 100 in NJ today and the black top is melting my skin. Haha
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Yeah that is the tube. However yours looks like it was already bent down. If you look through my post you will se that it came straight out and did not have the elbow in it. Never hurts especially for the couple dollars but now looking at your original configuration I doubt this was your problem.
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Yeah that is kind of what I was thinking. But it's worth a try. I'll mess around a little more tonight and try the baby powder trick. Still need to post the video that may be helpful. Anyone know how?
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Finally got the video uploaded to YouTube. Here is where it leaks in from. Not as sever when it is actually raining, this is with the hose. But, it still leaks from these areas when it rains.

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yeah that is a pretty bad leak. I would look at the soft top header channel to make sure it is sealed.
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where were you spraying the hose during that video?
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where were you spraying the hose during that video?
x2? and was it hooked to a fire hydrant? LOL
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That was just the hose laying on my room and running down the windshield.
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Laying on my hood. Sorry. iPhone auto correct. Haha
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well that eliminates the top, doors, and windshield. does any water pool in your cowl area? what happens if you spray the hose directly in the air vent?
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well that eliminates the top, doors, and windshield. does any water pool in your cowl area? what happens if you spray the hose directly in the air vent?
Does not eliminate the windshield which has been replaced though.
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No water pooling in the cowl. It drains just as it should. Totally stumped.

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