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Old 06-26-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Hardtop leak after heavy rain

Hi everyone, pretty new to this. I have a 2014 JKU hardtop and when I woke up this morning, there was a little bit of water on my "slush" mats, however, the carpet didn't seem wet under them. I had some pretty serious rain overnight but was just wondering if this is a common thing that happens after a heavy rain or if this is something I should have the dealer take a look at.

Any input would be appreciated!

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Old 06-26-2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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you shouldnt have ANY leaks with a brand new top on a brand new jeep! I would take it to the dealer and demand it be fixed (nicely, of course)

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Old 06-26-2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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I guess I have a different way of looking at it, if its the first time that it's leaked and it was a a very heavy rain I wouldn't take it to the dealership just yet. Pull the freedom panels off clean the seals and inspect for any damage, if there is no damage reinstall and wait for a rain storm and see if it leaks. I wouldn't want a dealer poking around until I knew I have a problem.
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:03 PM   #4
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I bought 1/13/14 2014 Wrangler freedom Top

I had to take a smooth wide putty knife to gently press down & "roll" the rubber seal out ward from under the back section of the hard top where it sets down on the rubber seal .
You'll need to remove the front freedom top on the leaky side to gently roll the rubber to prevent tearing the seal.
Looks like when the top was installed @ the factory it was slid from front to rear rolling the seal under tucking the seal under the top.
I had a real bad leak & this completely dried the water up . I would first look @ the dry side to see the correct position of the seal before making repairs while using the dry side for a pattern or display. good luck. Bud
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I agree with all above, bought my 2012 new, never had any issues so far, BUT TOMMY, did you walk thru any rain and got into your Jeep maybe the night/day before?? Stupid question, but if you don't see any visible leaks, and see some water/moisture on your slush mats, you actually could have picked up water walking to the Jeep and it will accumulate on the mat...Pull the slush mat, and if there is no water on the carpet, and only on you mat, you might have carried into the Jeep just from your boot lugs or shoes..... It will take a while to evaporate off the mats. Just a check, the water from your boots does drip onto the mats and make a small puddle.
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I guess I have a different way of looking at it, if its the first time that it's leaked and it was a a very heavy rain I wouldn't take it to the dealership just yet. Pull the freedom panels off clean the seals and inspect for any damage, if there is no damage reinstall and wait for a rain storm and see if it leaks. I wouldn't want a dealer poking around until I knew I have a problem.
I agree. Mine leaked a little after a crazy rain storm with high winds on both sides--had about 1/4 c of water in each slush mat and the carpet was damp along the driver's side door floorboard. It hasn't happened again. A couple of things you can do--as already said--clean the seals but you can also treat them with shin etzu grease or gummi phlege to keep the seals from drying out. Also check the freedom panel bolts at the back of the panels--mine were over tightened from the factory and that can cause the panels to pop up slightly at the front and leak. Also visually look at the seals up top -- make sure none of them are pinched up between the panels. If they are, leave your panels off for a bit and the seal should settle back down, then replace the panels. I agree with Charger--I wouldn't take it to the dealer for a small leak unless it repeats in most rains. Good luck!
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:43 PM   #7
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With less than 3k miles, I have taken mine back to dealership twice already for water leaks down A pillars. Slightest rains leaves puddles on slush mats and carpet stays soaked. I have to wet vac carpet and leave fans blowing on interior. Headed back again Monday for round three. I am gonna suggest if they can't fix the dang leaks to just pull carpet out and bed line the interior.
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I agree with all above, bought my 2012 new, never had any issues so far, BUT TOMMY, did you walk thru any rain and got into your Jeep maybe the night/day before?? Stupid question, but if you don't see any visible leaks, and see some water/moisture on your slush mats, you actually could have picked up water walking to the Jeep and it will accumulate on the mat...Pull the slush mat, and if there is no water on the carpet, and only on you mat, you might have carried into the Jeep just from your boot lugs or shoes..... It will take a while to evaporate off the mats. Just a check, the water from your boots does drip onto the mats and make a small puddle.
I did not track any water inside. My father has a 2013 JK and he has had issues with water getting inside after a rain storm. So knowing that, I looked inside prior to getting in and saw the water. Figured I'd ask to see if this is a common occurrence but I'll try the techniques listed above. Thanks everyone!
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:49 AM   #9
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My leak issue is different. After a heavy rain, zero water inside.

However, the first time I brake from moving forward, water starts coming down onto the factory radio/GPS unit. Not a lot, but enough to concern me on a brand new vehicle.

I checked the back posts and they aren't over torqued....
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Ive been fine so far. About 2 months with my new 2014 Wrangler Sport and have had zero leaks. I have removed the front-tops mutliple times too without any problems. Now that I wrote this I am sure I jinxed myself but so far so good.

I would recommend you remove the front-tops and put them back on making sure the seals are properly in place and tight, then take the rig through a car-wash and see what happens.

Good luck!
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My leak issue is different. After a heavy rain, zero water inside.

However, the first time I brake from moving forward, water starts coming down onto the factory radio/GPS unit. Not a lot, but enough to concern me on a brand new vehicle.

I checked the back posts and they aren't over torqued....
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What he said, drives me crazy. Freaked me out the first time, now I expect it . We've had enough rain lately that I keep a dish towel in the jeep to place over the radio till I get the water to stop falling on it a every stop sign.
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^^^^^^^^^^^^ What he said, drives me crazy. Freaked me out the first time, now I expect it . We've had enough rain lately that I keep a dish towel in the jeep to place over the radio till I get the water to stop falling on it a every stop sign.
That's the typical leak spot for the header seal.
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My leak issue is different. After a heavy rain, zero water inside. However, the first time I brake from moving forward, water starts coming down onto the factory radio/GPS unit. Not a lot, but enough to concern me on a brand new vehicle. I checked the back posts and they aren't over torqued....
Exactly where mine leaks. Whenever I brake, the water will come down on to the radio. After about 4 stops or so, it will stop doing it.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:31 PM   #14
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Mine leaks the exact same spot all over the dash. Any update on fixs? Sorry for the resurrect.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:12 AM   #15
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My drivers side carpet was wet this morning after a heavy rain last night, I think it is due to not aligning the hard top on correctly. Ive had mine since 2/10/14 and only had it leak once before also cause I didnt put the top on correctly. So when I go to work I dried all the seals around the door, re positioned the drivers side panel, made sure my bolts werent too tight and wrapped a towel around my floor matt so it can absorb some of the water. I was looking at the little foam pieces that are applied to the corners of the freedom panel and they look like they like they are messed up a little. Its supposed to rain again today hopefully she'll be stay dry or first step will be changing those foam pieces I guess.

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