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10-17-2014 08:43 AM
adrenalin My 2012 JKU has been back to the dealer on a weekly basis for the last 6 weeks regarding hardtop leaks. The issue mine has is with water dripping down onto the radio and centre console. They have replaced all of the seals and if we run water over the top from a hose, for hours at a time we never see an issue. However if the Jeep is left outside in the rain sure enough, water starts dripping down onto the centre console. It's a pain in the butt because in some cases this has damaged the radio and it is now on the 4th head unit. The bumper to bumper warranty ends next month, not impressed.
07-16-2014 11:02 PM
chargermop I have to wonder if a lot of these leaks are because of improper freedom panel installation and cleaning of the seals I just put a hardtop on my 2014 Unlimited with half doors and only had a small leak in the front center that I applied some Honda seal grease that I picked up at the dealership for $15. And the funny thing about the hardtop is I pieced it together from secondhand parts off of Craigslist. And we've had two straight days of heavy rain and it's completely dry I just can't understand how they could not figure out where 5 inches of water is coming from. I really don't think it's a Chrysler problem I think it's poor dealership technicians and the lack of education by the dealership to the customers, the sad part is most the dealerships don't even know how to properly install the freedom panels.
07-16-2014 10:03 PM
GatesHD Its a jeep right.
07-16-2014 07:02 PM
Bent jeep My 2014 leaks like that. What's the big deal?
07-16-2014 06:55 PM
330deadpool
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Originally Posted by Peter63 View Post
Dear Jeep owner.

I have struggled with my leaky roof for four years. I have come to the conclusion that are two reasons why we have door leaks. First, the doors are designed to come off. This means if they weren't lined up properly at the factory to start with they may not be lining up with the door frame. Secondly, there is insufficient rubber gasketing around the door fraimes. On most cars there are two rubber seals, one on the door frame and one on the door.
Suprisingly I solved my leak problem for now with a nice big wad of Vaseline along the door seal area where I found the leak.

Good luck.
Vasoline will deteriorate the rubber over time. Wipe that off immediately
02-20-2014 04:45 AM
Peter63
Leaky roof 2009 wrangler

Dear Jeep owner.

I have struggled with my leaky roof for four years. I have come to the conclusion that are two reasons why we have door leaks. First, the doors are designed to come off. This means if they weren't lined up properly at the factory to start with they may not be lining up with the door frame. Secondly, there is insufficient rubber gasketing around the door fraimes. On most cars there are two rubber seals, one on the door frame and one on the door.
Suprisingly I solved my leak problem for now with a nice big wad of Vaseline along the door seal area where I found the leak.

Good luck.
02-19-2014 01:07 AM
Bremertondan
swamped in Seattle

I have almost had my 2 door rubicon for 2 years. I have had nothing but problems with my hardtop. The first time it leaked I had 5 inches of water on the floor boards (thank god for drain plugs) there was water dripping down on both sides down the A-pilers I took it into the dealership and they replaced the windshield header channel. 1 week later it leaked again took it back and they replaced the windshield header seal again. A month later it leaked but this time in from the seal on the drivers side top back of the door where the top and door meet. Water was gushing in like it was peeing on my shoulder and arm. took it back again and they said they couldn't find it. Let's just say I had to show them how bad it would leak. Anytime the back end is higher than the front to let the water run to the front of the top it ends up inside the Jeep. Once the finally saw this and 4 more trips to the dealership to get it fixed they replaced the driver side panel. Well as usual its raining in Seattle and I had the Jeep parked pointed nose first down hill and now it leaks right down the center where both panels meet the windshield header. water dripped in and into my head unit, at least only the preset button 1 backlight was the only casualty but I am now arguing with them to replace the entire top and head unit. After soon to my my 7th trip for the same problem I think it's time to replace the hardtop. Oh and my soft top has never leaked but since I bought it with both tops I feel it's on Chrysler to fix this.

This is my first Jeep I love hitting the trails with it but if the leak doesn't get fixed I think it will be my last.
01-04-2014 11:23 AM
Peter63 I hear you friend. I have a 2008 jk Unlimited and it leaked in the front floor pans. The roof, everywhere. I asked jeep what they where going to do about it and they said they would replace the seals. For £700. Thanks, but no thanks. I have heard of other poor JK owners doing this and the same dam thing happens again. Very angry. So angry in fact I siliconed my Freedom top shut. Why don't Fiat get that idiot who designed that so called Freedom top to. Create bigger seals for the roof and doors that actually meet up with the body of the car and the sections of the roof.
It is such a shame that this wonderful vehicle due to a stupid design fault in something as simple as a bloody roof should carry on. Why doesn't Fiat offer a recall on this to all owners with the leak problem. Free recall offering bigger seals for roofs and doors.
If any one else feels like I do, maybe there is something we could do collectively.
09-25-2013 11:05 AM
Sweating_it_off I also just purchased a 2013 Hardtop a noticed a small amount of water leaking in on the driver side door corner near the pillar. I have had a freedom tops off a few times but the last time I put them in it was very dark at night. Going to redo them tonight to see if that helps.

Also we aren't supposed to tighten the freedom top knobs very tight right? Just snug?

Thanks!
09-23-2013 04:47 PM
Tylorch
No lemon law in Canada

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Originally Posted by Wrangler2016 View Post
If I was you, I'd be looking into the lemon law. Stories like yours are why I've never followed through on my desire to own a Wrangler.
Yeah, I started looking into that, but apparently we do not have a lemon law in Canada. We have something called CAMVAP.

It is apparently an "independent" tribunal (paid for by the auto manufacturers) that holds binding arbitration between you and the dealer/manufacturer.

From people who have been through the process, it's fairly quick, but they have to accept to hear your case. In order to submit a case, the car must be less than a year old and have less than 25,000 km on it (or the buy-back value is reduced for usage in the event the decision goes your way).

"You don't need a lawyer, but you should probably bring one" is a frequent statement from people who have gone through it from the research I've been doing.

If they elect to hear your case, then you have the hearing within 70 days.
If they don't elect to hear your case, you're out of luck and get to live with your problem vehicle. ...and apparently there is no appeal (the binding part).

They can apparently decide in three ways: no fault/liability which means you get nothing.
an option to give them one last chance to repair (that must hold for 90 days), or they can make the dealer/manufacturer buy the car back.

Just an update:
They've repaired it again... so far, one storm over the weekend, and no water leakage. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this FINALLY fixes it. Haven't heard squat from Jeep after calling them to complain about the water issues.

One of the auto magazines / blogs did a post on the statistics associated with CAMVAP. Apparently 40% of the cases they hear are from Chrysler!
09-23-2013 12:36 PM
buckscop
didnt fix it

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Originally Posted by buckscop View Post
yes, this is the source of my leak and addressed in the may-12 TSB. water builds up here and runs over the sill into the front footwells. had dealer do the TSB, an no water so far. fingers crossed. i posted the TSB in here in its own forum.
Well that was a while and 10 leaks ago. Chrysler gave up and declared it a lemon, a new '14 is on its way. We'll see if the engineers got it right yet.
09-22-2013 10:13 AM
jeepvito I worked at the Jeep plant back in '89-'92 and we indeed had a watet test. My station was next to it. I'd be willing to bet there is still one in the Toledo plant. My wife and I both have 2013 4 doors. She has the softtop up and I have the hardtop. Hers leaks on the drivers side, mine nothing. We both believe it is not a top issue, its a door seal issue.
I had a 2008 with no leaks in either top.
09-22-2013 07:57 AM
Idencustom Just wanted to share a Jeep Customer Service story. Jeep has been incredible in the handling of my Wrangler. It has been leaking on the B pillars for months now... and I just assume I would have to live with it. I brought it in to the dealership, and they contacted Jeep who had a tech from SealTech do a diagnosis and they found a problem with my mucket seals, and replaced them.. Jeep followed up right away with a call from their Enhanced Customer Satisfaction department and they are even replacing my carpet as well. I've been impressed with the way they have handled this whole situation... because I wasn't even expecting anything more than "That's part of owning a convertible". They replaced both front door and rear door frames, installed a foam kit... sealed the header and cowl and sealed both A and B posts. They ran several water test and now everything is okay.

The only thing is... they will not guarantee that it won't leak in a car wash. I was fine with that. Also, they say that a lot of people remove the bars on top of the door frames and that causes issues (I've never done this so didn't apply to me).

They've made me a believer in the brand. The ECS department has been GREAT. The only downside was having to use a Chevy Impala as the loaner car... lol.
09-22-2013 07:51 AM
blackx5 Mine leaks in between panels. When you come to a stop in runs down the rear view mirror!
09-22-2013 04:43 AM
Norms JK I don't have any leaks when it rains. I drove home in a down pour the day I bought it .

but when I take it to the car wash my carpet gets wet on the passenger side. I opened the door and the sill was wet right where the carpet was wet.
I'm thinking weather stripping along the bottom of the door?
is there some thing I can do myself to fix this ? the dealer is an hour away I've only had my 13 3 weeks
09-22-2013 12:09 AM
Unbroken1 I actually don't think my issue is with my top. I have the soft top on right now (I know soft tops leak) but the water seems like it is coming in at just below half way down the A post. If you run your fingers along the inside part of the door seal they are wet as well as the inside of the door past this point.
09-21-2013 10:16 PM
cornfedksboy
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Originally Posted by goodstrongbeer View Post
I have a 2013 JK that I've owned for almost a year. Have had countless car washes and many rain storms,And not a drop of water has leaked in.
Also no issues here. Three other JKs with freedom tops at my work whom I spoke to prior to purchase. No issues there either. While some have problems, the vast majority do not. I stand on the front and rear bumpers to make sure mine is aligned properly. It's not hard to lock them in place and have them not sealed properly.
09-21-2013 09:50 PM
Unbroken1 I've had my '13 JKU for about a month. In that time there has been one bad rainstorm which I drove through at 100kph with no issue. Last night and all day today another heavy rain, when I get in today to go to work my front drivers side floor mat makes a squishy sound. I pull it up to look and there is a puddle of water there. After further inspection it appears as though water is running down the A post and into the Jeep through a bad door seal. Very frustrating, I guess I'll get my turn to deal with Chryslers warranty system.
09-19-2013 09:57 PM
Wrangler2016
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Originally Posted by goodstrongbeer View Post
I have a 2013 JK that I've owned for almost a year. Have had countless car washes and many rain storms,And not a drop of water has leaked in.
That's good, but doesn't change the fact that leaks are a major problem.
09-18-2013 02:13 PM
goodstrongbeer I have a 2013 JK that I've owned for almost a year. Have had countless car washes and many rain storms,And not a drop of water has leaked in.
09-18-2013 01:49 PM
Wrangler2016
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Originally Posted by BenDiem View Post
I did not get a chance to read this whole thread but I would like to rant/vent to Chrysler/Jeep.

These numeous leaky hard top (HT) e-mails have actually caused me to delay the purchase of a new '14 JK!

I've owned three Jeeps (YJ, TJ, JK), and they all had a HT that leaked!

It is apparent that Jeep does not conduct a water hose/wash test like Chevy does for the Corvette, to look for and address water leaks...

I'm a Jeep fan, but damn; I can only take so much wanton disregard for quality control...

Jeep, get with the program! Update your quality control, pronto.

Bring back the one-piece HT for those of us who don't need the Freedom Top!

Until such time that I notice that Jeep has addressed leaking issues, I'll consider another option...

Tks/BB

What annoys me is this has been a problem ever since the Freedom Tops were introduced and they've not done a damn thing to address the problems.
09-18-2013 09:47 AM
BenDiem I did not get a chance to read this whole thread but I would like to rant/vent to Chrysler/Jeep.

These numeous leaky hard top (HT) e-mails have actually caused me to delay the purchase of a new '14 JK!

I've owned three Jeeps (YJ, TJ, JK), and they all had a HT that leaked!

It is apparent that Jeep does not conduct a water hose/wash test like Chevy does for the Corvette, to look for and address water leaks...

I'm a Jeep fan, but damn; I can only take so much wanton disregard for quality control...

Jeep, get with the program! Update your quality control, pronto.

Bring back the one-piece HT for those of us who don't need the Freedom Top!

Until such time that I notice that Jeep has addressed leaking issues, I'll consider another option...

Tks/BB
09-17-2013 09:14 PM
Wrangler2016
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Originally Posted by Tylorch View Post
As sad as it is, I'm glad to know I'm not alone in this!
Bought a brand new 2013 JK Unlimited at the end of January.
While there was snow and ice, no leaks.
The first rain after it all melted, and the passenger footwell had several inches of water in it (not a great start to a Monday).

Took it to the dealer... they tried the "it's a jeep, it's normal". I pointed out this was my third Wrangler and none of the previous ones had leaked. They fixed it.
Next rain storm, the driver side filled with water.
Took it back to the dealer and asked what they'd done to the driver side. They insist nothing.
They "fixed" it by changing a bunch of gaskets and telling me the Freedom top wasn't properly installed. I pointed out that up until that point, there had only been snow and ice... I assured them I had not removed it in those conditions.

Next rain... it still leaked, back to the dealer.
They re-hung the door (now you have to SLAM it to get it to close) and changed some more gaskets.

Next rain... it still leaked, back to the dealer.
They had it for two days and were telling me something about a seal up under the dash near the firewall. They returned it grudgingly the end of the second day saying they were waiting for Jeep (tech line?) to call them back.
Dealer joke "don't park it outside, park it in a garage".

A month goes by with several rains.. still leaking, no call back from dealer.
Go on a business trip, come home to find a voicemail "hey, weren't you going to leave it with us for a week? Jeep called back, we have some stuff to do."

Brought it back in, they fixed it... went on a 5 day road trip, no leaks (only a small amount of rain though). Got home, went on a business trip, parked it at the airport for ten days. Got home (last Friday), an inch of water on the drivers side. Drove straight to dealer, "apparently it's not fixed". Well, we've had a lot of heavy rain. The Service Manager cracks a joke "he just doesn't want to admit he parked it at the airport and left the window open for a week!". Made an appointment for today...

Overnight Friday, there's a light rain... 1/2" of water on the driver side Saturday morning.

They just called. "It's fixed, but we want to keep it overnight to dry it out".

...what do you think? Way past time to try another dealer?
This one is a 15 minute walk from my house... too darn convenient!
If I was you, I'd be looking into the lemon law. Stories like yours are why I've never followed through on my desire to own a Wrangler.
09-17-2013 04:42 PM
Tylorch
Fifth time the charm?

As sad as it is, I'm glad to know I'm not alone in this!
Bought a brand new 2013 JK Unlimited at the end of January.
While there was snow and ice, no leaks.
The first rain after it all melted, and the passenger footwell had several inches of water in it (not a great start to a Monday).

Took it to the dealer... they tried the "it's a jeep, it's normal". I pointed out this was my third Wrangler and none of the previous ones had leaked. They fixed it.
Next rain storm, the driver side filled with water.
Took it back to the dealer and asked what they'd done to the driver side. They insist nothing.
They "fixed" it by changing a bunch of gaskets and telling me the Freedom top wasn't properly installed. I pointed out that up until that point, there had only been snow and ice... I assured them I had not removed it in those conditions.

Next rain... it still leaked, back to the dealer.
They re-hung the door (now you have to SLAM it to get it to close) and changed some more gaskets.

Next rain... it still leaked, back to the dealer.
They had it for two days and were telling me something about a seal up under the dash near the firewall. They returned it grudgingly the end of the second day saying they were waiting for Jeep (tech line?) to call them back.
Dealer joke "don't park it outside, park it in a garage".

A month goes by with several rains.. still leaking, no call back from dealer.
Go on a business trip, come home to find a voicemail "hey, weren't you going to leave it with us for a week? Jeep called back, we have some stuff to do."

Brought it back in, they fixed it... went on a 5 day road trip, no leaks (only a small amount of rain though). Got home, went on a business trip, parked it at the airport for ten days. Got home (last Friday), an inch of water on the drivers side. Drove straight to dealer, "apparently it's not fixed". Well, we've had a lot of heavy rain. The Service Manager cracks a joke "he just doesn't want to admit he parked it at the airport and left the window open for a week!". Made an appointment for today...

Overnight Friday, there's a light rain... 1/2" of water on the driver side Saturday morning.

They just called. "It's fixed, but we want to keep it overnight to dry it out".

...what do you think? Way past time to try another dealer?
This one is a 15 minute walk from my house... too darn convenient!
09-13-2013 12:45 PM
Stringbuzz I am on 3rd try with all the same issues.
Brought it to local dealer, just noticed wet carpers.
They replaced some seals. Next rain it was worse, with water on doors floor, and shifting column.
Brought it back. No better next rain.
I noticed the issues that people were having and have involved chrysler customer service since beginning with a case.
Chrysler called with me and the dealer's leak tech was on vacaton for two weeks.
I am at a new dealer now.They are doing all the seals again.
They prepped it yesterday and had to get the parts from Boston this am or something.
At least it was in a garage last night.
The rain here was crazy.
They won’t come out and say it, but it appears the dealer that had this twice did some “work not up to standard” and has a reputation for “blowing customers off”.
It is not this dealer’s fault, let’s see what they can do. If not, it will be jeeps problem directly. 3 strikes and I get angry.
This new dealer seems much more professional.


05-13-2013 09:06 AM
Matty16 Quick Update....I was basically told by dealer that I must have not had the freedom panels set properly...Even though I have had the freedom poanels off and on a dozen times and no leak issue immediatly following a rain (its not like the fredom panels are that difficult to remove/replace). It looks like Im going to need to just keep an eye on it and if it happens again after I remove and replace panels go back to dealer and be a jackoff....
05-11-2013 09:36 PM
Miser Normally, cleaning the seals with alcohol and then apply a thin coat of Vaseline to the seals will stop most leaks. Since it is a 2013, I would take it back to the Dealer and have warranty fix it!
My 2013 does not leak, even when I wash it with a hose at full pressure.
Good Luck!
05-11-2013 07:51 PM
ohioviper Wipe down the rubber seal with a rubber safe oily cleaner / armorall ect. Put panels back in and leave out the sound bar screws.
05-11-2013 02:22 PM
Matty16 Had my 13' Sahara for 4 months now had the whole top off once to remove softop and since the weather changed in Philly routinely take off freedom panels, and never any issue with water. This morning on my way for coffe WATER started coming through the back panles on passanger side. I removed the panels and replaced, then I ran a hose on roof....Water did leak/drip through the rear panel near sound bar and down through the rear knobs....Took it to the dealer and got the Its a "JEEP" thing....no tops are 100%, more like 95%....They said the took off the panels and re-installed and ran a water test. They said no water.............So it is raining really good today, so we will see. When you pay +30Gs for a Jeep, that shit should not leak...Other than that it has been a blast.
01-26-2013 02:36 AM
AverageJK I picked up my 2013 last weekend, took the freedom tops off next day, just put them on yesterday because of rain and no leaks so far, must be lucky.
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