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Old 05-31-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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07 Sahara Soft Top

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I just bought a used 07 model year Sahara in nice mechanical and cosmetic condition/shape. Auto trans with 30,000 miles and a soft top. I am hoping someone can help me with a problem and maybe answer a question I have also.
The problem I'm experiencing is the top leaks at both the driver and passenger doors where the door frame, windshield frame and soft top all come togethor whenever it rains. Water drips down the driver and passenger door's interior (passenger side is worse) and the passenger seat gets pretty soaked as does the carpet. Nothing is torn, excessively worn or damaged and everything is tight as far as I can tell. Although the soft top frabric does seem to be too taught at that location and some of the top's seam threading is pulled out from the fabric. This problem might tie into or be connected to my question: excessive noise/wind while driving. It seems like the top is not sealed/seated correctly at the windshield frame on the driver's side. The two metal clamps that lock the soft top to the windshield frame are secure but I can almost pull down on the soft top's front bar at those latches and quiet it down a little more. I used to own a TJ years ago and am basing what I believe to be excessive wind noise from the relative quiet I had from the TJ's soft top while driving. I'm pretty sure the 07's soft top is OEM Mopar not an aftermarket. Is this leaking and wind noise an inherant problem with the JK's? I honestly think it is quieter driving with the top down than when it is up and fastened! Any help, ideas, suggestions would be very much appreciated. Outside of the two leaks and wind noise, I really like this year and model Jeep a lot.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:40 PM   #2
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Yes, excessive wind noise is a common problem as are the leaks above the door handles. There are TSB's (tech service bulletins) for both problems but good luck with the leaks...Jeep can't seem to fix them (in most cases) they simply "throw" possible fixes at the problem without even attempting to find the root cause (which falls back to the header).
The wind noise can be fixed by swapping the plastic one with a metal one which fixed my wind noise...took them 4 hours to do this with no charge under warranty.

Leaks are another thing altogether. I have had better luck with camper tape in a few spots, slowing the leaks to a tolerable level...there are many posts on this and other forums about these problems...good luck!

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Well I went to the local dealer and found out I am out of warranty by five months so they will not perform the wind noise TSB free of charge. It entails switching out the plastic piece like mowbizz stated above. So it will cost me about $275 for the parts to do it myself. Don't mind paying for the parts if it quiets the noise down. Anyone else familiar with this fix, how hard to do myself?
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Well I went to the local dealer and found out I am out of warranty by five months so they will not perform the wind noise TSB free of charge. It entails switching out the plastic piece like mowbizz stated above. So it will cost me about $275 for the parts to do it myself. Don't mind paying for the parts if it quiets the noise down. Anyone else familiar with this fix, how hard to do myself?
I had seen the instructions online somewhere and it looks like not too bad of a job...just a lot of screws from what I recall...if a dealer did it in 4 hours, you should be able to do it in 2...

Really though...no rocket science involved...just give her a try!!
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My soft top came in a box. Nothin' and I mean nothin' was assembled. There were something like 20 screws holding the header together. Now, it wasn't that complicated, just time consuming. If it comes with adequate instructions and I can't imagine it being that difficult to follow, it should be a cakewalk changing the header out. Good luck.
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Hi. Did not want to start a new thread on this.

I have the exact same car it seems like... 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara w/ soft top & half-doors.

I get a ridiculous amount of water when it rains even moderately, coming in from the top front of each door where it meets the door surround/drip rails.

I tried tightening down the door surrounds which may be having an effect but they loosen. There also seems to possibly be a tiny bit of rubber missing from each half door upper in the top front corner, though I am not sure if this is just a design oddity. (the half inch rubber flap looks like it should be rounded at the corners)

I think the jeep is just out of warranty and I guess the previous owner never bothered to take care of it under warranty. This is my first Jeep so it is possible I am doing something wrong when I put the top back up.

What is my best plan of action for solving this? The used car dealership where I bought it said they'd try to figure it out and take care of it for me, but since they're not specialists or anything I don't think it will make much difference. I am considering purchasing new door surrounds or new half-door uppers but I don't want to waste the money if I don't need to.

I am going nuts dealing with this and am rapidly going from being in love with this car to hating it. At least on days that it rains. I don't even wanna think what I would be in for when Chicago winter hits.
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I would look to make sure that the gaskets at least mate up an are compressed in the area of leakage. If not, you could try adding layers of thin rubber like the dealers do to solve issues. If the rubber parts seem to mate up nicely, try coating the rubber surfaces with silicone lubricant. Careful not to use silicone sealant, that would be a mistake. I had a jeep early 08 model year that Chrysler bought back because of leaks. If my current one starts leaking, and it is out of warranty, that is the course that I will be trying. This was explained to me by a guy that never brought his back to the dealer to solve his leaks, he just took care of it himself and he had success.

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