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Old 01-25-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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2010 unlimited " LEAK " HELP

I have a 2010 jeep unlimited, Im getting frustrated. I have a leak in the front somewhere, the two front carpets are soaked. I brought it to the dealer and they had it for 3 days and said it was the tee tops in front. Well they changed them twice now and its still leaking. Anyone have information where the leak may be coming from. Im pretty handy so maybe I can fix it myself.

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Alot of reading to do...Thanks hope I can find the leak
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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Pull out the carpets and have the interior Line-Xed. There's also other options you can do DIY, such as Monstaliner. Look here and here.
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Pull out the carpets and have the interior Line-Xed. There's also other options you can do DIY, such as Monstaliner. Look here and here.

I dont think that should be the answer, the leak has to comimg from somwhere?
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I dont think that should be the answer, the leak has to comimg from somwhere?
Of course it's coming from somewhere. And you or a dealer under warranty can probably fix it, given enough time, effort, and maybe a touch of luck. Heck, you might replace one piece of weatherstripping and viola!--done.

All I'm saying is that I ran a search here for "passenger" in the title to look for folks complaining about leaks just on the passenger side like the one I have, and I found this one, this one, this one , this one, this one, this one, this one, this one , and this one, and a few others. Keep in mind none of these vehicles is older than a 2007. I would be willing to bet that leaks are far and away the single biggest mechanical failure complaint identified here on WF.

So personally, I'd consider doing both--getting rid of the carpet and trying to fix leaks. The carpet just adds stress to the situation because of mildew, hiding the fact that a leak is occuring, etc. Plus having no carpet gets extra points for "super-Jeepiness," so that's a win. My passenger footwell carpet is gone already, and other pieces will go either when I find they're getting wet or I just pull the trigger on a full scale bedlining. (I'm using Plasti-dip in the interim, see here.)

The result will be that the only type of leak that causes immediate heartburn will be the kind that visibly cascades in and showers onto your dash, seats, or cargo area. And those are the easiest leaks to fix. The little slow leakers that don't appear to be coming from anywhere are the hardest. JMHO.
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I had the same problem (2010 Wrangler Sport)

They (the dealership) did the water test and found the leak. They said that it was a common occurance and replaced the door/window seal (covered under warranty). Haven't had a problem since. But, just in case, I removed the carpets so that if it leaks again, I will know and I can sop it up with a towel or something.

At first I was upset (I have wanted a Jeep my entire life) and didn't want to have to worry about mildew and smells in a brand new vehicle...... but then I decided I was being waaay too anal !!!! lol I mean, I got a freakin' JEEP!!!!!!!! (hence I removed the carpets, problem solved!)
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Mine still leaks and I've had it in several times and each time I was told problem solved. But I finally quit worrying about it and got rid of the carpet. Yeah I know mine is a 2k11 and it shouldn't do that. You're right! I'm taking mine back in!
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Guys, it really is not that hard to find the source of the leak. Just mix up a half bucket of Jeep wash triple strength. Start up your Jeep and close all the windows and doors, turn the blower motor on high with the recirc on (no outside air). Soap up the outside of the Jeep. The bubbles will show where the water is getting in. If there are no bubbles on the upper body, then do the firewall, outside under floorpan, etc.
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Guys, it really is not that hard to find the source of the leak. Just mix up a half bucket of Jeep wash triple strength. Start up your Jeep and close all the windows and doors, turn the blower motor on high with the recirc on (no outside air). Soap up the outside of the Jeep. The bubbles will show where the water is getting in. If there are no bubbles on the upper body, then do the firewall, outside under floorpan, etc.
Wow! That's an excellent idea. I would do that automatically with any kind of leak like natural gas or a tire, but never would have thought of using it on a Jeep!

Are you sure that the interior is pressurized better on recirc instead of bring in outside air?

I'm going outside and trying this NOW!
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Did Celtic's recommended soapy water test on the freedom top seams where I have a slight leak in heavy rain. Nothing bubbled up on the suspect seams, but I have adjusted things since the last time it leaked, so maybe I got it.

But, I blew massive, huge, beautiful bubbles on both sides of the Jeep just where the B-pillar meets the top, at the joint between the freedom tops and the back section of the top. It doesn't look like water is likely to get in there.... is it possible, maybe, that there is supposed to be some sort of air relief venting going on there????

Edit: I left the HVAC on outside air instead of recirculating interior air. Obviously pressurized the cabin just fine!
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Did Celtic's recommended soapy water test on the freedom top seams where I have a slight leak in heavy rain. Nothing bubbled up on the suspect seams, but I have adjusted things since the last time it leaked, so maybe I got it.

But, I blew massive, huge, beautiful bubbles on both sides of the Jeep just where the B-pillar meets the top, at the joint between the freedom tops and the back section of the top. It doesn't look like water is likely to get in there.... is it possible, maybe, that there is supposed to be some sort of air relief venting going on there????

Edit: I left the HVAC on outside air instead of recirculating interior air. Obviously pressurized the cabin just fine!
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Nice description. Any chance of pictures? Video would be awesome! Some folks on the WF say pics or it didn't happen, but I won't.
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I want to see big beautiful bubbles too

Celtic that's the best idea I've seen ever.

jeep is looking for a few more "leak specialist" you in?
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I want to see big beautiful bubbles too

Celtic that's the best idea I've seen ever.

jeep is looking for a few more "leak specialist" you in?
Sounds interesting. PM me with details, OK?
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I want to see big beautiful bubbles too

Celtic that's the best idea I've seen ever.

jeep is looking for a few more "leak specialist" you in?
The "Celtic leak location technique" isn't even hinted at in that huge "Jeep Wrangler Diagnosis & Repair Water Leaks" manual. It sure could save a lot of time and effort finding the source of leaks....
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Brilliant I will admit.

If I ever develop a leak I will sure use "the Celtic leak location method"
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I've only had my 2011 for 6 months...bought new. Less than 3,000m and found about 1" of water in the passenger floor board yesterday - parked down hill. Took the carpet out (which I planned on doing anyway) and cleaned everything up.

Had more rain last night and decided to check it out today. No water...until I started driving. Was headed down hill and hit the brakes pretty hard and as soon as I stopped water shot out on the passenger floor board. Damn! I'm just going to plug/tape every fn hole I can find.

I bought the jeep 1.5hrs away from my house....Can I just take it to any dealer for warranty issues?
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If you live in and purchased your Jeep in the United States the short answer is yes, you can take it to any authorized Jeep dealer.
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Wow! That's an excellent idea. I would do that automatically with any kind of leak like natural gas or a tire, but never would have thought of using it on a Jeep!

Are you sure that the interior is pressurized better on recirc instead of bring in outside air?

I'm going outside and trying this NOW!
Up Hill Bill,

You are right, the interior pressurizes better with the recirc turned off so that outside fresh air is coming in. Great catch. Thanks.
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My 08 wrangler leaks and I've been trying to figure it out for a few weeks. I removed the carpet on both front side and said the heck with it. This helped knowing others have the same problem. Now I know how to find the source, the soap test. Great idea.
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Nice description. Any chance of pictures? Video would be awesome! Some folks on the WF say pics or it didn't happen, but I won't.
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I didn't notice the requests for pictures until just now....

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I suspect air is supposed to escape at this point, where the tops and B-pillar meet.... ?




Celtic's method flat out works. I don't think I'll have much patience anymore, with leak posters who won't try to help themselves by soap testing....
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Celtic's method flat out works. I don't think I'll have much patience anymore, with leak posters who won't try to help themselves by soap testing....
I am a new "leak poster" who only found this forum (yesterday) by googling "wrangler JK leak problem", and didn't realize how freaking prevalent the problem was (even with these NEW JK's????!) until finding this forum.

It was an eye opener to see how many people were posting about it, and I hope that doesn't necessarily slow down. Prospective Jeep buyers, and perhaps Chrysler themselves should be seeing a clear picture of the situation out here.

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