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Old 12-30-2010, 01:39 PM   #1
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WET FLOOR - 2007 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4dr. Hard (freedom) Top

I've read several posts specific to water leaks but I haven't found the information (answer) I need.

My 2007 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited (4dr) Hard (freedom) Top has had a consistent water leak in the front passengers side floor for a year now. It began (so far as I know) shortly after it passed 36K (my luck). It seems to happen after heavy rains. The doors do not seem to leak as there is no evidence of that (like some of the pictures I've seen here).

I brought it to the dealership once and after paying ~$80 or so, they said they couldn't find anything wrong even though the floor was very damp from the previous leak.

Has yours leaked? If so, how did you fix it?

HELP!!!

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Old 12-30-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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The service guys at the dealership poured water on my jeep until they found the leak. then they "reinstalled" the weather stripping.

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Old 12-30-2010, 06:14 PM   #3
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^ Bingo. Did the place where you took your JKU do this to see where the water was getting in?
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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Thanks. No they didn't. They did little other than take my money hence my reluctance to ask them again.

The door weather stripping?
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Yes it was the door. You can test it yourself. Just sit in the seat and close the door. Have someone hose it down all over the top and sides and see if it leaks. I am still under factory warranty so I took it in and had them do it. I had no idea what was causing it until I took it in.
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:27 PM   #6
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On motorhomes, dealers perform what they call a Seal Tech test. In short, they pressurize the interior of the coach and pour soapy water over the doors and seams. Where there are bubbles, there are leaks that require attention.

I really don't see why the same idea could not be performed on a Jeep using less pressure. These things, especially with the Freedom Top, are quite tight. It should be reasonable to find leaks using the same process.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:40 PM   #7
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Vacuumed the **** thing today and discovered wet passenger side carpet / floor. This time I pulled the carpet out and floorboard was nice and wet, with a small pool in the corner.
Needless to say I am very pleased. Living in Florida it is realy nice to take advantage of the high precipitation and extremely high humidity by having my vehicle constantly wet. I heard mold and mildew was good for me, so I see this as a bonus. And to think that some people go out of their way to try to prevent mildew! I dont know why, if it is almost the same a vitamin. Spores are like oxygen for your lungs and brain. I wonder if I could get more of the effect if I also smoke the mold? I heard smoking things makes it absorb into my bloodstream faster...
I honestly did not realize that wet floors was part of the 2011 S package. I am also wondering that if I would have spent the extra money, and got the Rubicon instead, would I get a permanent puddle in the entire floor of my jeep? I feel like I might have been slighted because I got the sport and it is just a small puddle on the passenger side only.
Anyway, now there is no carpet in the passenger side floor and it is dry for the most part. The carpet is out back drying out.
Taking the **** thing in Monday. WTF.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:22 AM   #8
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Same problem on my brand new 2010 Wrangler Sport. Water on the passenger side floor-board after rain. At first, they thought it was related to the air conditioning. It took 3 visits, but they eventually were able to stop it. Turned out to be the seal around the door. They added more stripping and the problem went away.
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2007 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4 door. After taking it in the third time for the leaking door the weatherstripping was replaced. Recently I have 5 new leaks. Both sides of the windshield seal over the doors, the pillar over the passanger side doors and both sides of the rear window over the gate. Due to the fact it is out of warranty the dealer wants a minimum of $300 to replace the seals. Anyone have any other advice?
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
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2007 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4 door. After taking it in the third time for the leaking door the weatherstripping was replaced. Recently I have 5 new leaks. Both sides of the windshield seal over the doors, the pillar over the passanger side doors and both sides of the rear window over the gate. Due to the fact it is out of warranty the dealer wants a minimum of $300 to replace the seals. Anyone have any other advice?
Do you mean there's dampness on the floor under those areas, or do you mean water actually visibly drips/cascades into the interior?

It's hard to believe your top is installed correctly--both sides of the windshield, passenger pillar, and both sides of the rear window?? That's crazy. Did these new leaks coincide with getting the jeep back from the dealer to fix the other leak? Perhaps they messed with the other seals while fixing this one?

Assuming it's not the dealer's fault and that your top is on right, I just don't see it as worth the hassle. My carpet is on a limited life span, and if I was in your shoes I'd say yours should be too.

Go to home depot and find comparable weatherstripping and replace it yourself to see if that fixes or slows up the issue. If you've still got some leaks, pull out the carpet and seats and bedline the interior (like this). Toss down some rubber mats (like these) and then just towel it out when it gets wet.

That'd give you a permanent solution for about $300. You could spend less if you went with less expensive bedliner, though the Monstaliner linked above will let you choose different "tints" if you wanted to do something other than black. Truthfully, you could just pull the carpets and be done--they're not attached to anything and are just sitting in place.
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2007 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4 door. After taking it in the third time for the leaking door the weatherstripping was replaced. Recently I have 5 new leaks. Both sides of the windshield seal over the doors, the pillar over the passanger side doors and both sides of the rear window over the gate. Due to the fact it is out of warranty the dealer wants a minimum of $300 to replace the seals. Anyone have any other advice?
I've heard of persistent leaks, but they're usually in one place at a time. Yours sounds like an all out assault, which leads me to believe that your top is not correctly installed.

Are you running a soft top or a hard top? Either way, you need to check your manual and make sure your top is on right. Make sure the seals where the leaks are occurring aren't pinched or torn. If you've got a soft top, check to make sure your door surrounds and front header bar are tight.

It's also helpful to keep your seals from drying out...run some Turtle Wax Ice over em every so often to keep them soft.
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Here's a You Tube video on how to remove the soft top on '07-'08's.

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Old 02-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #13
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Ditto here. 2007 JK hardtop (4 door, freedom roof).
Living here on the We(s)t Coast (pacific northwest) in a particularly rainy locale, and there's always a puddle in the back. It would appear the leak comes in somewhere near the back window, maybe along the sides?
It also comes dripping in from the joining grooves of the freedom roof after particularly heavy rains.
This only seems to happen if the jeep is sitting, not while driving in heavy rain.
Now that it's winter, any temperature fluctuation outside results in a major amount of condensation building up on all the interior windows, if not condensation drops forming on the roof as well. This is due to how freaking wet the carpet is in various locations.
I'm also noticing the bolt which holds the subwoofer down in the back has started to seriously rust.

I need like a 20 pound bag of that silica stuff they put in food packets and vitamin bottles to hopefully SOMEHOW de-humidify and absorb the ridiculous amount of moisture on the inside of the jeep.
Guys at the local Jeep dealership here said it's a very very common problem with the JK series.

I'll be trying to get the "weather stripping" re-installed in the next couple of weeks, and hope that that stops the inherent leaking, but that doesn't solve the problem of the soaked and moldy carpet.
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Ditto here. 2007 JK hardtop (4 door, freedom roof).
Living here on the We(s)t Coast (pacific northwest) in a particularly rainy locale, and there's always a puddle in the back. It would appear the leak comes in somewhere near the back window, maybe along the sides?
It also comes dripping in from the joining grooves of the freedom roof after particularly heavy rains.
This only seems to happen if the jeep is sitting, not while driving in heavy rain.
Now that it's winter, any temperature fluctuation outside results in a major amount of condensation building up on all the interior windows, if not condensation drops forming on the roof as well. This is due to how freaking wet the carpet is in various locations.
I'm also noticing the bolt which holds the subwoofer down in the back has started to seriously rust.

I need like a 20 pound bag of that silica stuff they put in food packets and vitamin bottles to hopefully SOMEHOW de-humidify and absorb the ridiculous amount of moisture on the inside of the jeep.
Guys at the local Jeep dealership here said it's a very very common problem with the JK series.

I'll be trying to get the "weather stripping" re-installed in the next couple of weeks, and hope that that stops the inherent leaking, but that doesn't solve the problem of the soaked and moldy carpet.

Use "Celtic's leak location method" posted here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ml#post1967611

But, leave the air on outside air, not recirc.

At least you will know where the leak is....

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