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Unread 07-05-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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Help, Leaking

hey everyone,my tailgate is leaking water everytime it rains and ive already lost about 100 dollars of tools back there to rust from the leak. Does anyone know what could cause this leak and how i could fix it?????

(it looks like the leak is right where the tailgate joins the roof)

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Unread 07-05-2006, 02:56 PM   #2
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Look at the weather striping and see if it is still there, torn, rotted, holes, etc...OR it could be leaking in from the roof rack holes in which case you remove the screws, put a generous amount of sealant down, and reinsert screws.
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Unread 07-05-2006, 03:00 PM   #3
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I'd take a look in the access panel behind your spare (passengers side). There is a drain hose inside that can become dislocated. Instead of draining out the hole in the bottom of the quarter, it will drain to the interior causing your cargo area carpet to become soaked. There is also a valve in that hole in the bottom of the quarter that can get clogged causing outside water to enter from underneath or an overflow condition from water draining inside. To test, run some water in your outside vents behind your glass in cargo area.
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Unread 07-05-2006, 03:19 PM   #4
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the water isnt coming and soaking the carpet, its coming in and dripping from the top where the tailgate and roof connect because its getting all over the tops of things, it looks to me like the weatherstripping there is fine, no rotting, holes, or anything

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Unread 07-05-2006, 04:42 PM   #5
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I had this happen to me, first thing is to clean that channel up there real good (behind the weatherstripping). Mine was holding water because of some pine needles up there and I think it was leaking back into the grommet for the wiper and 3rd brake light because in the car wash it looked like it was leaking out of the cargo light. While I cleaned that up, I got some RTV (just what I happened to have), pulled the weather stripping back along the top and put some RTV on the edge and pushed the weather stripping back on. I also pulled the grommet out for the electrical connection from the jeep to the lift gate and put a little RTV around that hole as well. It's been at least a year and it's been dry as a bone. I've kept up on keeping that cleaned out though.

If there is any rust around there, I'd sand it down and put some paint on it too.

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ive already lost about 100 dollars of tools back there to rust from the leak
Man, sounds like a torrential downpour if that's happening. My carpet was just a little wet, but I could definitely see it coming in at the car wash.
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Unread 07-05-2006, 09:44 PM   #6
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lets just say weve been gettin ridiculous amounts of rain in northern virginia, i took my jeep out today on some trails and it was pouring like some sh_t. its been like that for 2 weeks. i assume they sell rtv at like advance auto parts right?

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Unread 07-05-2006, 09:46 PM   #7
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Yeah, you can use that, silicone, butyl, whatever. It will all work, it doesn't have to hold the water back forever. I'd use something that will come off fairly easy though, don't want to keep it on there if you have a bad seal or something later on down the road.

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