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Old 06-15-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Weekly trip to dealer to fix water leaks

Guess I better get used to my weekly trip to the dealer to fix water leaks. I have owned my 2013 Sport for 5 weeks and it leaks somewhere new every time it rains. Even when it isn't driven. Just got back into town from a trip and the back floorboard was full of water. Before that it was the jack compartment and both front floorboards. I somehow missed the part about "don't wash your jeep, or drive it in the rain, or let it sit in the rain. Failure to do so will result in your vehicle prematurely rusting out worse than a Tacoma. Your Jeep is trail rated but exposure to moisture is to be avoided at all cost. This is a fair weather vehicle and it should be treated as such" Yeah, I missed that part.

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Persistent water leaks seem to be the number one reason for Jeep buy-backs. Keep after it, and eventually it will be fixed or you will get a new Jeep.

I'm finally taking mine in to let the dealer next week to begin the process to try to stop a front center freedom top leak that has defied all my best attempts over the past two years at fancy rubber cleaners and lubes and careful installation. Thought I better get it on record before my three years are up!

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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Had my first leak in exactly the same place: front center freedom top. . .

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Had my first leak in exactly the same place: front center freedom top. . .

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It's one of the "standard" leaks identified in the Jeep JK leak manual. Supposed to be repaired by replacing the "B-Pillar Mucket/Foam Seal."

Of course, my service writer thinks he knows better than the Jeep engineers, so he wants to try "something else" (read something cheaper) first.


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Old 06-15-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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Persistent water leaks seem to be the number one reason for Jeep buy-backs. Keep after it, and eventually it will be fixed or you will get a new Jeep.

I'm finally taking mine in to let the dealer next week to begin the process to try to stop a front center freedom top leak that has defied all my best attempts over the past two years at fancy rubber cleaners and lubes and careful installation. Thought I better get it on record before my three years are up!
That is interesting. One more leak and I will pursue a lemon law buy back. I am lucky that I live in a state with very aggressive lemon laws. They even have to refund lawyer fees. So we will see where it goes. It aint rocket science. I cannot believe that Jeep sucks so bad at not building a vehicle that wont leak. Jeez...it isn't 1950
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That is interesting. One more leak and I will pursue a lemon law buy back. I am lucky that I live in a state with very aggressive lemon laws. They even have to refund lawyer fees. So we will see where it goes. It aint rocket science. I cannot believe that Jeep sucks so bad at not building a vehicle that wont leak. Jeez...it isn't 1950
Yeah, But.... who else even tries to make a hard top/convertible with removable freedom tops and removable doors? Can't be easy to get that all to work together and seal reliably especially with us idiot owners playing around with them to boot! I tend to give Jeep a break on the long standing leak problem. Eventually you will have a Jeep the doesn't leak!
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #7
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I don't subscribe to "It's a Jeep thing" but think about what this vehicle can do. You can remove the hard top panels, the whole top, install a soft top, take the doors off, etc etc etc. It sucks but it's part of the deal in this situation. I have yet to have a leak on my 2 door JKR and I've removed the Freedom panels a few times. I'm sure over time it's going to happen but so far I've just taken the time to put them back in gently and evenly. I don't tighten one side then the other. I slowly tighten them down together a few turns drive then a few turns passenger.

It will happen at some point though!
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Mines getting new looks every time it rains too! Lll i have a soft top though. Took it to the dealer and the rear seals were compromised a new top was oredered. Just got to set up and appointment to have it put on. While waiting i noticed water on my passenger slush mat. Sure enough the floor was soaked -__- cant tell if its coming from the door or firewall
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:18 AM   #9
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I've had mine in twice during my first week. They said it's a common issue that they're aware of for 2013s. I said, if it's so common why don't you just fix it before selling it to me. They didn't have an answer.

They're making me bring it back in to get a part put in they said i'm missing in the trunk. The interesting part is that the leak is coming from the passenger side window, so why I need a trunk piece blows me away.
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Mines getting new looks every time it rains too! Lll i have a soft top though. Took it to the dealer and the rear seals were compromised a new top was oredered. Just got to set up and appointment to have it put on. While waiting i noticed water on my passenger slush mat. Sure enough the floor was soaked -__- cant tell if its coming from the door or firewall
Jesus idk why i couldn't spell when i wrote this it must've been early lol. Anyways developed a little technique for detecting leaks. Only works for the floor though. Basically put printer paper all over the floor tucked up against the doors and such and it will leave a point of impact from the water. Waiting for this storm to roll through so i can detect the leak on the passenger side. Also armor all'd all of my seals to see if that helps. Ive heard some people have fixed it with just that.
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Jesus idk why i couldn't spell when i wrote this it must've been early lol. Anyways developed a little technique for detecting leaks. Only works for the floor though. Basically put printer paper all over the floor tucked up against the doors and such and it will leave a point of impact from the water. Waiting for this storm to roll through so i can detect the leak on the passenger side. Also armor all'd all of my seals to see if that helps. Ive heard some people have fixed it with just that.
Hey Tab. Good job if you can fix it yourself. My reason for not doing so is that I want a documented work order for all these leaks. That way if some problem pops up later, corrosion or whatever, it is on them to take care of it. I plan to buy a snorkel mask to wear when driving in the rain.
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Hey Tab. Good job if you can fix it yourself. My reason for not doing so is that I want a documented work order for all these leaks. That way if some problem pops up later, corrosion or whatever, it is on them to take care of it. I plan to buy a snorkel mask to wear when driving in the rain.
Gotcha yea that makes sense. Yea my bolts in the back are starting to show a little rust just from the few times the top leaked :/

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