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Old 10-27-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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2011 jk water leak front passengerside

Just cured a major problem with alittle patience and a lot of searching. I found one of the major causes of the front passenger side door leak causing the floor mat to get soaked. I called the dealership and I was told that I would meet up with a water specialist and he would find and cure the problem the first try. Well it did happen and between three of us, it was cured. One of the leaks was a tsb that jeep put out on a small leak at the top of the door where the front right freedom top meets the the very front right corner of the moplding that sits on top of the windshield. This fix was to place butyl caulking right behind the molding in the corner where the molding touches the metal piller of the windshield. Just pull the molding forward alittle bit, squirt in behind and release. Clean the excess caulking. Done. The next leak which is the cause of the wet floor was much more of a challenge. Myself and the body man located the leak after making several rule outs. Start looking for the leak from the bottom uo and not the other way. Run your hose into the bottom of the door crack and work you way up the door small sections at a time. Wipe everything down before you move to the next spot. Have a man on the in side with a flashlight and fingers checking the bottom of the door. I didnt find a leak until i got up the the front part of the door jsut below the mirror where you will see two rivets or bolts in the body of the fender. Right inbetween therses two bolts is where the water is comming in. Remember this is a steady low pressure of waster right into the door crack. You can see at thsi point where the upper part of the doo molding ends and where you can look into the crack of the door. This is where the water is getting in but not where ther problem is. The water is getting in and traveling down the rubber seal and twisting around to the front ofd the molding and dripping off the molding onto the rocker panel over the sill plate and onto the floor. Again wipe the door down and check it again. The water starts at the front of the rubber molding and works its way around to the back of the molding and onto the rocker panel and onto the floor. The fix was easy. Stop the leak where it drops onto the rocker panel. What we did is build out that portion of ther rubber molding just a bit, We sliced the molding at the bottom of the door just about 6 inches back from the bottom corner. When you slice the molding you will have to slice through until you get to the hollow center of the molding. We then took a 3/8 clear water line, bought from home depot about 1 foot long and greased it up and pushed it in the center of the rubber molding up and around the corner of the bottom of the door. Even tube around the bottom and front side of door. Bingo, leak gone never to return. Sounds like alot but the fix is quick if you know where it is.

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I think I may have the second leak you describe where the water is getting around the door seal and coming into the bottom over the sill.

Questions...
(1) Did you re-seal the molding after you sliced it? If so, what did you use?
(2) What brand/type of butyl caulk did you use for the first leak?

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