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Old 01-22-2020, 08:53 AM
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Where's the leak?

Might be a duplicate post. 2003 TJ Sahara hardtop. I am getting water inside. There is enough that it is pooling in all 4 floorboards - front and rear, driver and passenger sides. I drained a few cups worth a few days ago, after a couple rainstorms. I live on the wet side of Washington state. I thought it was coming in from the door seals, but I never found any wet marks down the inside. I took out the carpet to dry and found about 1/3 of an inch of water in the cupholders at the back of the console. Makes me think it has to be coming from above. Thefe are no holes in the roof, no antennas or things like that. Any thoughts on where the water might be entering?

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get a garden hose and water it down..

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A) leave your carpet out.
B) get inside and have someone spray it down with a hose. Your leak sounds bad so you should be able to find the source(s).
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It could be the Windshield drain; located behind the hood and below the windshield, is backing up and needs to be unplugged.
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It could be the Windshield drain; located behind the hood and below the windshield, is backing up and needs to be unplugged.
That would get water into the back as well?
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Hi, I have a similar problem with my 2002 hardtop. I always have wet floors in the front and rear when it rains. Though, I did put the top back on a little crooked a couple of times, my seals seem fine. I have found that my jeep will have a bunch of condensation on the ceiling and stay damp and "cloudy" on the inside during rainy days. I will try the windshield water suggestion, thanks for that.
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Thanks for checking in. I am checking on the windshield cowl vent this weekend too.
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Well, I pulled the cowl off today. I am happy to say the drain was clear. I dumped a gallon of water into the area - it all drained through quickly, and the floor stayed dry. I am happy that the drain was clear but sad about still having to try to find the source of the leak. As booberry2002 said, I will have condensation on the inside of the roof. I went through a car wash but still havent seen any water coming in or any damp running down the inside walls. I guess I know why the PO had the drain plugs out of the floorpans. I will stay on the hunt.
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On my 2000 TJ soft top the pass side was wet. I took the rugs out and taped tissue paper on the side of the tub under suspected spots and used a hose. Found it and fixed it. Now my driver side is wet but it's rained 17" in last month and 2" today so I just pulled the floor plug. New door and windshield seals project this summer. Good luck with yours.
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Possibly coming in under the seal at the top of the windshield and roof. Finding water in the cup holders after sitting does sound like water is entering from higher up then dripping down.
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So, I had a bit of sludge in the windshield cowl. I live in southern Louisiana, so weather here right now is constant rain and humidity, so I can't tell if it fixed it since it is just damp and cloudy in the jeep. I'm going to keep searching, thanks y'all.

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