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Old 01-23-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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2000 TJ leaky hardtop

I searched the posts about this issue, but they all seem to refer to bad seals, especially around the back window or doors.
When it rains, I get water on the inside roof of my hard top. It seems like it is either evaporating from the floor then condensing on the roof, or somehow leaking through the factory seam on the outside and working its way to the inside. It seems like too much water to simply be condensing from evaporated water.
Does anyone have a similar problem or solution? I was going to use some high quality Lexel and run a bead around the factory seam to seal it up but figured I'd check here first to see if there are better solutions. Thank you.

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Mine does the same thing. The previous owner back up the jeep into something with the spare tire in the back and bent the rear tailgate out of place. I had to loosen the gate hinges and raised it a bit. I think it will help a bit but not much.

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Old 01-23-2011, 08:51 PM   #4
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Thank you for the welcome, and the response.
All of the body panels and the hardtop appear to be straight and in very good condition. Also, the carpet area behind the rear seat is dry. The wettest part of the interior is the passenger side rear seat footwell because the majority of the water drips down there from the top.
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Anybody got more to say on this? I have an 04 TJL Hardtop. Front passenger floorboard wet, back carpet, wet. Only noticed because a musty smell started to develop.
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Anybody got more to say on this? I have an 04 TJL Hardtop. Front passenger floorboard wet, back carpet, wet. Only noticed because a musty smell started to develop.
Are you sure the water is coming from a leaky top? It is very common for the cowl drain to plug and water to enter HVAC system and leak on front floorboards. To check have someone spray the jeep with a hose while you sit inside see where water enters.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:11 AM   #7
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Anybody got more to say on this? I have an 04 TJL Hardtop. Front passenger floorboard wet, back carpet, wet. Only noticed because a musty smell started to develop.
When you say "back carpet", do you mean the rear of the tub near the hatch or "back" as in behind the passenger seat?
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If the carpet is wet and the Jeep is closed up for hours, what you are seeing on the inside of the top could easily be condensation. I had two different leaks on mine when I first got it. One was the cowl drain that was plugged with leaves, and the other was the rubber seal around my half door on the passenger side had a hole in the top where it closed against the body and water was running through the seal and on to the floor inside. As was mentioned above, sit in it while someone uses a hose on the outside.
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Hiya,
I had a similar problem, the condensation was that bad the seats were getting wet and the inside of the hardtop was dripping wet, I've fixed mine now here is a write up I did, it may help.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/sort...ep-210846.html
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Way too much water for condensation. Front passenger floorboard is way wet as is the carpet behind passenger back seat. I have a LJ. Rained yesterday, I just set in the back and watched. Doesn't seem to be coming in from rear hatch. I pulled the carpet up and put an electric heater back there to dry everything out. Does hood cowl really leak this bad in an 04?
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Hiya Chuck59,
Condensation was more aimed at the op, that if you have water getting in you will get lots of condensation.
I checked and resealed my 04 TJ front cowl and it never made any difference, water still was flooding in. Have you checked the bolts are tight enough holding the hardtop on. Just because you have water in the front floor area doesn't mean it's coming in at the front, You need to find the path the water taking in your jeep to get to the front floorboard.
I taped pieces of absorbent kitchen roll (not sure what you call it in the US) around my jeep then used a hose and in my case the water flowed from the rear window to the front and rear floorboards, make sure you check under the carpet that fits over the rear wheel arch if that's wet then it's coming in from the back window area.
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Way too much water for condensation. Front passenger floorboard is way wet as is the carpet behind passenger back seat. I have a LJ. Rained yesterday, I just set in the back and watched. Doesn't seem to be coming in from rear hatch. I pulled the carpet up and put an electric heater back there to dry everything out. Does hood cowl really leak this bad in an 04?
The cowl has a water drain at the bottom that can get plugged up with leaves and debris. The cowl was never meant to be sealed because that is where the fresh air enters for your vents. The idea is to let the water drain through. Once it gets plugged up, it becomes a swimming pool and water then sloshes into your fresh air vents. There is a flapper type boot on the bottom of the cowl drain. Remove the cowl sheetmetal then stick a rod (like a yardstick) down through there to open it a little, then flush it out with a garden hose with spray nozzle.
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Thanks Grizzly & Water Dog, I'll check on your suggestions. As far as the cowl goes, I have an old magnetic advertising sign that was made to go on the side of a company vehicle. I'll cut a piece off and lay it across the cowl when not in service. That will 100% seal that off.

Grizzly, I'll check the bolts. There is quite a rattle coming from the top on the driver's side.

I'll figure it out and let ya know.

Thanks for the idea's to start the search.

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