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Unread 10-18-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Leaking around doors

I'm tracking down a leak on my Jeep. Its puddling on both sides of the front floors, soaking the carpet pretty good. I've pulled it out for now.
I have full steel doors and the hard top on.

My brother and I hosed it down while looking to try and see where it's coming from and it looks to be around the top front corner of the drivers side, and the corner/edge about where the windshield hinge is, and the front edge of the passenger side by the hinge too. and along the edge going down there.

I sealed the edge of the windshield with some silcone to try and rule that out, but its still leaking.

The door seals still look to in great shape and don't look flat or cracked/dry etc...
The dealer wants ~$165 each side for doors seals, and OMIX has aftermarket ones for about $80 a side. Either way is a bit pricey to see if it works.

I've tried tweaking the front edge slightly out so to no avail, and not sure if I should try to adjust the doors as both seem to 'tilt' back a lil but are otherwise flush and good it looks like. Hinges are good too, no play.

Any more ideas would be great, or should I spend the money on seals (and which if so)?

Thanks in advance


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Unread 10-18-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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Ebay has them listed at $80 for both front doors, saves ya' 50% anyway.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/WRANGLER-DOO...33773e&vxp=mtr

if you're just looking to test to see if it is in fact the seals, you could try rubbing them down with brake fluid.
It's supposed to make rubber swell possibly leading to a better seal.

I have no idea how messy that would be to clean up or whether it will destroy your seals afterwards.
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Unread 10-18-2012, 04:31 PM   #3
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I had this problem on a 2003 TJ at my work. It was leaking in pretty bad, I read a bunch of threads and re sealed the cowl. That didn't work. On the area you are describing there is a nub on the tubs door jamb that was diverting the water in behind the dash then on to the floor. Here's what I did to fix it. I took the plastic piece of the side of the windsheild frame and sealed it with clear silicone then on that seam where it meets the dash I loaded it up with silicone as well. That fixed it, now the water ran down the door jamb instead of in behind the dash. Good luck man
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Unread 10-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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^ brake cleaner will eat away the rubber. You can try some baby oil, and spread it on the wheather stripping ( only on one side) and close the door. And reopen it . Take a look one side that you didn't put oil on and look for a dry spot . The dry spot will indicate a flat spot on the weather stripping . I've herd some ppl fill the bad spot with silicone to bubblle it up again
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Unread 10-18-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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The seals look puffy and good, I'll look at the area james mentioned, but the waters not coming from behind the dash though, and I'll have to try the baby oil trick or something to see where it's not touching, its got to be somewhere if its leaking! It's been raining here non-stop and the forcast is saying till early next week off/on

Thanks for the link Zombi. I wonder what brand they are and if they are good? $22 to ship up here though Still cheaper than the other options yet
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Unread 10-23-2012, 04:10 PM   #6
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Anyone think I should buy aftermarket seals? They're still leaking
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Unread 10-23-2012, 08:07 PM   #7
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My 2000tj leaked on my shoes from under the dash on both sides the day I picked it up new from the dealership.
I brought it back 3 times and they could not fix it. Seems like its the worst
when its raining hard and Im going atleast 50mph and driving up an incline.
After all this time i gave up on fixing it. I bought some rubber mats that collects the water and I drive with my feet up. I guess this what people refer
as a jeep thing!
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Unread 10-23-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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Mine leaks onto the carpet, rubber mats wont collect it. Its coming in through the door seals.
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Unread 10-25-2012, 08:20 PM   #9
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I messaged the place in the eBay link Zombi posted... they won't even tell me what brand or company makes them! I guess they aren't interested in selling anything?!

Fairchild and Crown but make aftermarket seals, I wonder which are good/best quality?
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Used to put vasaline on the seal on our convertable mustang at the windshield. Just a thought and didn't hurt the seal
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^ brake cleaner will eat away the rubber. You can try some baby oil, and spread it on the wheather stripping ( only on one side) and close the door. And reopen it . Take a look one side that you didn't put oil on and look for a dry spot . The dry spot will indicate a flat spot on the weather stripping . I've herd some ppl fill the bad spot with silicone to bubblle it up again
and eat your paint that is just silly
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Unread 10-28-2012, 05:36 PM   #12
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The company on eBay that I asked what brand/company made them has blocked me from asking them any questions or buying them... for asking what company/brand they were!!! They obviously dont want to sell anything. Are companies this threatened by the quality of stuff they sell or ???... Screw them!
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Unread 10-30-2012, 03:18 PM   #13
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Are the aftermarket door seals from Rugged Ridge, Crown, and Fairchild any good and which might be better?
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Unread 11-04-2012, 12:48 AM   #14
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I guess all seals are exactly the same quality no matter what brand I buy... gee, I wish everything was this easy?!
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Unread 11-04-2012, 05:36 AM   #15
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Drill a small hole in the lowest point. I've had three tjs and all but the hard top and hard door variant leaked. You can drive yourself mad hunting this down.
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