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Old 05-11-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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Leaky Freedom Panels - thoughts or suggestions?

Any suggestions? 2013 JK with 5k miles.

I know there's a lot of threads on here but none of them really describe a good fix...except the upside down cowl leak dude...BTW a great post.

I downloaded the 2007 leak fix manual but it appears all those spots have been addressed through design updates.

No rants please...just solutions. 👽

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Old 05-11-2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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Take them out and wipe down the rubber seals with some rubber safe oily stuff / armorall ect and put back in and leave out the sound bar screws.Mine will leak like mad if I put in those screws.

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Old 05-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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Thanks! I actually found a leak from behind the passenger door gasket. We had the hose out and did a little leak inspection of our own.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:26 PM   #4
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The Wrangler water leak manual I have is dated August 2009. Is that the one you mean?

Try locating the source of your leak using this method: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/cel...od-137942.html

I use 303 Aerospace cleaner to clean and lube/protect the seals.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:05 PM   #5
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Great Suggestion!! Doing that tomorrow.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:34 PM   #6
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I had good luck putting Sil Glyde along all the rubber gaskets. It's sold at Napa. It also solved a leak into the panel itself, which was caused by a small opening near the driver's side rear part of front panel. Just slathered it on where the plastic parts met and it solved it for good.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:41 PM   #7
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Is this normal? This is the best leak test ever! The one on the passenger side is where I had the most problems...water soaked the roll cage and floor.

Off to the dealer I guess.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:51 PM   #8
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This one is normal - note my photo example in the above linked leak locating thread is the same spot:

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Try removing, cleaning, "greasing" your seals with an appropriate product and then reinstall the freedom tops paying close attention to the manual instructions and re-test.

If it still leaks at that spot, take it to your dealer and show them the photo.


EDIT: your second photo at the "triple junction" (top-freedom top-door) may or may not indicate a problem???
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:41 PM   #9
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Thanks UpHill Bill!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #10
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After about 5-hrs at the dealership...

They were able to locate the leak, special thanks to the leak detection suggestions. For the repair, they re-aligned the passenger door and then installed new door gasket and targa gasket. In addition, the tech put the "foam" kit on the freedom panels. After a successful re-test they let me take her home.

One thing, I did notice that the alignment screws/bolts were a bit snug and I'm wondering about that. By snug I mean they were more than finger tight and I had to give them a good crank. Is that normal? Some posters say they should only be finger tight...I guess its all relative.

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