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Unread 05-12-2002, 02:34 PM   #1
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I fixed the leak in my dash. Almost!!!

I had water leaking in from under my dash. I bought a new piece of cowl rubber from quadratec becuase I suspected that was the problem. I disconnected the rollbar and flipped my windshield forward and I was partly right. Apparently the holes from the softop hardware, which was no longer in place, was letting water into the windshield frame. There was a hole cut out in the gasket and the water would pool up on top of the dash right under the windshield frame. There was a lot of rust. I cleaned it up, put in the new gasket and was all happy becuase now I could buy a radio. Well, it turns out that when I folded the frame down, one of the hinges was siezed and instead of folding at the hinge, the windshield frame and hinge bent. Now my jeep is all screwed up. I have to find new hinges and a windshield frame. I kind of needed them anyway, but I'm still pissed.

I just thought I'd share this becuase I see alot of posts about leaks behind the dash and I sure alot of them are for a similar reason.

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Unread 05-13-2002, 07:46 AM   #2
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I need to replace mine too. Whenever it rains hard I get water seeping in from behind my dash. Luckily it hasn't ruined anything yet. How much was the cowl? I'm just scared when I go to fold the windshield down that there will be tons of rust as you mentioned.
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Unread 05-13-2002, 08:56 AM   #3
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The cowl rubber was only about $27 from quadratec. It was good quality and fit well. Make sure you put some WD-40 or something on the hinges for a couple of days before you do the job, or you might bend the hinges and frame like I did.
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Unread 05-13-2002, 09:54 AM   #4
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What part is this exactly? I've got the same leak.

I've got some rust under my windsheld too...
<img src="http://community.webshots.com/storage/1/v3/5/77/44/37557744MTfsxI_ph.jpg" alt="" />
You can see it off to the drivers side...

I think the majority of my water is coming from the vent on the hood in front of the windsheild though....if I cover it up in the rain, I don't get anywhere near as much water inside.
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Unread 05-13-2002, 11:36 AM   #5
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I can't see the picture you posted, but the piece I bought(cowl rubber) fit between the windshield frame and the body/firewall. If you flip your windshield forward, the cowl rubber is attached to the underside of the windshield frame. By replacing the cowl rubber I would have solved only part of the problem. The windshield frame would still be filling up with water. I was going to put silicone in the holes on top of the frame, but now I need a new frame.

I just got back from the Jeep dealer. Ridiculous!

Windshield frame: $809
Hinges: $128 each
Hardware: $32

Quadratec sells a windshield frame for $140, Its just that I wonder what the quality is.
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Unread 05-13-2002, 02:19 PM   #6
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OUCH!!!!!!! that really puts a hole in the wallet. I think I'll wait to put the windshield down....maybe until this summer when I get new speakers in the dash. Probably should replace the seal while I'm at it too..huh??
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Unread 05-14-2002, 06:34 AM   #7
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I found a windshield frame with hinges and glass at a junkyard for $200. I'm going to check it out today. If it is half way decent, I'm going to get it.
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