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Old 06-11-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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My First Puddle

So I've had my 13 Sahara since the beginning of March and I have the dual top feature. Right now the hardtop is on until I can find someone other than my very small wife to help me get the top off without breaking it... anyways, I read on these boards all the time about leaks and I thought myself pretty lucky because I hadn't noticed any yet. Well... it practically monsooned in MD last night and I went out to the Jeep in the morning and there was 2 inches of standing water in the Driver side foot-well. At first I was put off because you spend so much money and get all these fancy features like leather and I think you forget that it's still a Jeep and that's what a Jeep does... so I got over it quickly. Maybe at the next service I'll mention it although it seems that people on here take theirs in multiple times with no positive result. Maybe when I put the soft top on it'll remedy itself. I threw some towels on it and drove to work. When I got to work I put the sopping towels over the front bumper to dry in the sun (I'm sure the people at work are wondering what's wrong with me), pulled the carpet up (left the floormat hanging at home to drip dry) and pulled out the two plugs in the floor and water is nicely dripping out.

So... 1. Why are there two plugs under the driver side within inches of each other. Is that normal? I feel that every time I've read something on here people mention pulling the one plug, not the two plugs and 2. Is there any reason I shouldn't leave the plugs out but still have the carpet and the floor mat over top? This way if it happens again it'll mostly drain on its own and I can mop up and dry the rest? Thanks!

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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So I've had my 13 Sahara since the beginning of March and I have the dual top feature. Right now the hardtop is on until I can find someone other than my very small wife to help me get the top off without breaking it... anyways, I read on these boards all the time about leaks and I thought myself pretty lucky because I hadn't noticed any yet. Well... it practically monsooned in MD last night and I went out to the Jeep in the morning and there was 2 inches of standing water in the Driver side foot-well. At first I was put off because you spend so much money and get all these fancy features like leather and I think you forget that it's still a Jeep and that's what a Jeep does... so I got over it quickly. Maybe at the next service I'll mention it although it seems that people on here take theirs in multiple times with no positive result. Maybe when I put the soft top on it'll remedy itself. I threw some towels on it and drove to work. When I got to work I put the sopping towels over the front bumper to dry in the sun (I'm sure the people at work are wondering what's wrong with me), pulled the carpet up (left the floormat hanging at home to drip dry) and pulled out the two plugs in the floor and water is nicely dripping out.

So... 1. Why are there two plugs under the driver side within inches of each other. Is that normal? I feel that every time I've read something on here people mention pulling the one plug, not the two plugs and 2. Is there any reason I shouldn't leave the plugs out but still have the carpet and the floor mat over top? This way if it happens again it'll mostly drain on its own and I can mop up and dry the rest? Thanks!
You can only pull one plug and be just fine, but if you notice on the floor boards, there are ribs and ridges that don't allow the water to flow perfectly to the drain holes. That's the reason for the 2 plugs, so that all the water can drain out. I run without carpets all year round and have my plugs out in the summer when the top's off. You'll notice that the Jeep is louder and more heat and air get up in the cab when driving with the plugs out. You also run the risk of water coming in through them when driving.

Hope this helps!

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Wow, carpet less and plug less. That's bold. Zach, you sound like you may know, how is a jeep with wetness? I got the inside of mine (12 JKS) pretty soaked, but it was from intermittent thunderstorms and my doors were off. I'm cool with it being wet and all cause stuff will drain, dry, whatever. But in nervous around the steering column, shifter and radio. Ever get any of those seriously wet (either muddin or rain)?

PSU, glad to hear your over it! When I bought mine last summer I was all about perfection. It turns 1 next week and now I'm like, eh F it, it's a jeep. Scratches make it unique to me. Plan on keeping forever tho.
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