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Old 12-05-2019, 01:22 AM
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Major leak in Hardtop window. Need help.

2004 TJ. Bought an original, used hardtop couple months ago. First rain storms here in LA and guess what? Major leak!

Its coming from the top of the rear window. I watched as a stream of water poured in, down the inside of the window, drenching my carpet in the back. I looked at the seal and it seems intact.

What do you guys think it could be? The seal? The glass? The hinges?
The only thing I did to the hardtop since I got it was put new gas shocks on.

Please let me know as the back of the Jeep is drenched and I don't want it to develop rust.



Thanks.

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what about around the wiper?

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I watched a video on youtube addressing your problem that another had. Seal in tact, hinges good etc. He used some foam backer rod to wedge between the top of the seal and the top IIRC. This pushed the seal out perfectly and fixed the leak. If your unfamiliar with backer rod it can be had at home depot or lowes or the like. Its a grey round foam extrusion that is used for concrete expansion joints. I think it comes in different sizes, but not sure. Cheap, probably 10' in a bag and should last years.
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what about around the wiper?
No leak around the wiper. All the water seems to be coming in from the top.


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I watched a video on youtube addressing your problem that another had. Seal in tact, hinges good etc. He used some foam backer rod to wedge between the top of the seal and the top IIRC. This pushed the seal out perfectly and fixed the leak. If your unfamiliar with backer rod it can be had at home depot or lowes or the like. Its a grey round foam extrusion that is used for concrete expansion joints. I think it comes in different sizes, but not sure. Cheap, probably 10' in a bag and should last years.
Any chance you have a link to the vid? Looked into it and just wanted to see what size the guy used.
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Seems to be a slight gap in between the glass and the existing weather stripping. Perhaps the glass is warped a bit?

Should I add a a line weather strip to the glass itself?
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Go onto the Lowes or Home Depot websites and search for "Foam Backer Rod". On HD they have 3/8" x 350' of round rubber seal for $27. Lowes has 1/2" x 20' for $3.86 along with a few other diameters and shapes.

I would not attempt to put weather stips on the glass. Putting somthing in the gap in window seals in a know method to increase the sealing of the seals.

Note the items and the locations in the store, it will save you time. Also write down the item number in case the store has changed the location and not updated the website (happens too often) as I have learned that with the item number an associate can find it for you.
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Old 12-10-2019, 10:46 AM   #7
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As others have advised, go to YouTube and type in TJ rear seal. There are several videos on how to correct your problem. I replaced the weatherstripping on my lower glass with an aftermarket replacement from Quadratec. It helped, but my glass still rattles a bit on bumps. I have ordered the upper replacement seal, but it has not yet arrived. Good luck.
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Sorry, type in TJ rear window seal.....

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