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Old 11-11-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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So today it rained all day here in North Carolina and when I got into my jeep at 5. There was a small puddle where the parking brake is. In addition there was water splashes kinda all over the manaul shifter boot and 4wd shifter. I felt the carpet around those areas and it didn't feel soaked. Also there was drips of water coming from the front L-shaped handle that locks the hard top down. When I got home I inspected the tightness of the two large screws that hold down the two front hard top pieces and they were both still tight. I can only guess that the seal just didn't mate properly? Has anyone else encountered this?

I took the front driver's side top panel off to inspect the seal and it appears in good conditions. I don't know what leaked this water. Should I be concerned about the water that splashed on my shifters?

I guess I'll see tomorrow if re-seating the top corrects the issue since it's going to rain till friday and she is in the garage right now. I'll also get a towel and place it over the shifter and what not to see exactly where the water is dripping front and coming I guess.

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Old 11-11-2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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Old 11-12-2009, 03:18 AM   #3
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Hey nice post you have made and you own a jeep that is really very nice.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #4
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Had the EXACT same problem here. Took it back to the dealer and they replaced the passenger-side panel and replaced all of the seals and gaskets around the freedom top panels. Good luck with yours!
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:35 PM   #5
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Had the EXACT same problem here. Took it back to the dealer and they replaced the passenger-side panel and replaced all of the seals and gaskets around the freedom top panels. Good luck with yours!
So, did this solve the problem with yours?

I'm on my second jeep 08. The second one only leaked two times in the same place as the first one (center between the halves onto the dash). They adjusted it twice. It hasn't leaked since. Over a year now. No leaks.
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Well...yes and no....the original leak was really, really bad....I'm not talking little drips, here....after the repairs/replacement it does seem to be better...There is, however, still a small leak at the center where it joins the windshield. Only notice it when I brake and the water runs towards the front of the jeep.
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Well...yes and no....the original leak was really, really bad....I'm not talking little drips, here....after the repairs/replacement it does seem to be better...There is, however, still a small leak at the center where it joins the windshield. Only notice it when I brake and the water runs towards the front of the jeep.
That was the exact same as mine. Most notably when applying the brake as well. Both jeeps did it. The second one they stopped by adjustment. The seals on the second manufactured late in model year 08 had different gaskets than the first. Probably why it doesn't leak. I noticed starting on the 09 model they moved the front clamp forward to clamp onto the center windshield hold down loop. I gave them that as a suggestion while I was working through the issues on my first jeep.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:24 PM   #8
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so did it leak anymore?? saw the post was last week? and if you want to pin point the leak you can always run a hose on top and check to see if its leaking...
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our 08 rubi leaked. took it back to dealer and it was fixed asap under warranty
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:14 PM   #10
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Chrysler has issued a TSB/Recall on the Freedom panels. Mine was leaking before I drove it off the lot with only 6 miles on the odometer. They replaced the right panel and pins and that fixed the problem.
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I'm lucky, my top has never leaked. My neighbor has an older Jeep and I noticed that when he takes the top off he cleans all of the gasket, weather strippnig (whatever you call it), and smears vaseline all along the edges. He swears that help prevent leaks; I'm not sure but maybe someone on this forum has tried it.
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Mine have never leaked

Never set the removed "T" tops, on their gaskets
Never tighten the rear thumbscrews, till LAST and then just fingertight
Always latch the windshield latchs FIRST

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I'm lucky, my top has never leaked. My neighbor has an older Jeep and I noticed that when he takes the top off he cleans all of the gasket, weather strippnig (whatever you call it), and smears vaseline all along the edges. He swears that help prevent leaks; I'm not sure but maybe someone on this forum has tried it.
Vaseline is a petroleum product and I wouldn't put it on my top seals. I would however put silicone lubricant...careful not to use the sealant, that stuff will cause you a lot of problems if used. I'm not planning on doing this until it is out of warranty though. Any leaks in warranty will be solved by my dealer and the seals will be the same as was installed so they can't say I did something to them and therefore the warranty doesn't apply.

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