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Unread 01-19-2015, 11:54 AM   #1
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WK Water Leak Issue

Lately I've been having a water issue with my 2010 WK. When driving it after a hard rain, water pours out from the bottom of the Homelink buttons and from the A-pillar grab handle on the driver side. I know there is a TSB out for this exact problem. However, I'm now getting water up on the headliner as well as around the sun visor bracket on the driver side (see pictures).

It may be important to mention that this issue never happened until the Jeep started to sit when my dad became ill (was his daily driver).

I've also read that late model WKs did not come with the top windshield weatherstrip (see pictures). One picture is of my cousin's 07 or 08 WK with the weatherstrip and the other picture is of my WK without the strip. I'm going to assume that without the strip it would be easier for debris to build up and possibly eat away at the body sealer between the windshield and header panel. Hence, a probable cause of the water issue. I don't believe it's the sunroof drains since they run down the A-pillar and the placement of the water stain on the headliner seems to be farther back. But who knows.

I should probably start by pulling down the overhead console and A-pillar to see where exactly the water is coming from. However, as I don't want to pull apart the interior just yet, I may get some silicone sealer and apply it to the top of the windshield to see if that solves the problem. Perhaps when the Jeep was sitting a good amount of debris build up caused the sealer on the top of the windshield to crack and now let water in.

If anyone has had this issue, please share your thoughts and what you did to fix it.

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Unread 01-19-2015, 12:24 PM   #2
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There are a lot of water leak problems with these Jeep WK's.
First, Do you have a sunroof? Couldnt tell by your pictures. If so, there is a procedure to recalibrate it.
These also tend to fill the tray with water (either through when the drain hoses are plugged, and condensation and therefore splash around when moving.
If you do not have one then the next thing is to check the windshield seal. If leaking water backs up under the headliner.
Another thing to check is the roof luggage rack mounting screws.
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There are a lot of water leak problems with these Jeep WK's. First, Do you have a sunroof? Couldnt tell by your pictures. If so, there is a procedure to recalibrate it. These also tend to fill the tray with water (either through when the drain hoses are plugged, and condensation and therefore splash around when moving. If you do not have one then the next thing is to check the windshield seal. If leaking water backs up under the headliner. Another thing to check is the roof luggage rack mounting screws.
Yes, it does have a sunroof but it doesn't need to be recalibrated. On the other hand, my cousin's WK does need its sunroof recalibrated...it has about a 1/8" gap between the sunroof and the actual roof. How do you do that?

I really believe this isn't sunroof related for 2 reasons: 1. I tested the drains back when this problem first started and they were draining as they should. I also cut off the ends of the drain plugs that go into the floor board due to the poor design (bottlenecks at the end allowing debris to build up, causing the drains to become clogged). 2. A lot of other people without sunroofs have this exact issue.

My plan of action as of now is to either get the top windshield weatherstrip and put that on (but it will require some cutting for it to seat properly with the windshield in place) or just get some silicone sealer and apply that to the gap between the windshield and header panel.
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Unread 01-19-2015, 02:15 PM   #4
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Water in the drain tubes can freeze also. Thats usually my issue.
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Water in the drain tubes can freeze also. Thats usually my issue.
It happens in the summertime too, even when it's 70+ degrees out
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Unread 01-19-2015, 04:04 PM   #6
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Best way ive found to find a water leak:
First, mix up a batch of really soapy water.
Second, turn on the heater full blast.
Third, coat the edges of the sun roof, around the windshield or any other area you think there may be a leak.
If you get bubbles, there's your leak
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Take weed eater string and fish it down the drain tubes.
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Unread 01-19-2015, 07:20 PM   #8
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I also had water coming in from the area around the overhead console. It did end up being the sunroof drain(s) being plugged. We had this happen after living in a desert environment for a few months and the fine dust caused a blockage when it rained so now I make sure to run water through the drains periodically. There are four drains and if the vehicle sat for a while, this could easily plug some of the drains.
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