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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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2014 leaks bad already

So i've had my 2014 for a couple of weeks now and it rained last night for the first time since i got it. Well the back seats are soaked to the point you cant sit in them and when i hit the brakes it pours all over the radio and down into the center console. Not impressed! My YJ or TJ NEVER leaked in all the years i had them, i figured with todays technology they can make a roof not leak on a brand new vehicle. I Phoned the dealer and got a "well thats wierd i dont know what to tell you sorry" Not even 200kms on it yet. Great quality Chrysler.

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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:44 AM   #2
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My 2009 soft top has 0 leaks. Top down all the time...

My 1995 hard top leaked before and after I took the top off.

The way you make it sound is that it could be condensation building up on the soft top inside and making it SEEM like it's leaking. I am just not sure how yours can leak the way you describe.

A leak would usually be found on floors and down the sides of the body... Not on the back seats and radio. Again, sounds to me like condensation and nothing the dealer can do about it if that's the case, I am sure...
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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:48 AM   #3
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I have no clue wether you have a hard or soft top, or a 2 or 4 door. Help.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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I have no clue wether you have a hard or soft top, or a 2 or 4 door. Help.
He doesn't want help... That said, if the back seats are wet, I'd assume if he was using a hard top, it'd be a 2 door.

PS, my 2011 JKU only leaks when I put the hard top on wrong and the soft top, zero leaks so far *knock on wood*
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Unread 09-07-2013, 11:19 AM   #5
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No unfortunately its not condensation, there was a 1/4" water on the back seats and it poured in at the front (amount approx 1/16 of a coffee cup?). It seems to be leaking between the two panels. It is a 2dr with a hardtop. I have the two front panels off right now to see if there are any damaged or missing seals. I hadn't removed them up till now. Read a few posts about people leaving the rear 2 screws out and it never leaking, sometimes they are too tight from the factory?
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Unread 09-07-2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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Ah, silly me, I keep forgetting about how the new hard tops work.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 11:51 AM   #7
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I would not mess with it and would just take it back to the dealer.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
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I would not mess with it and would just take it back to the dealer.
Yeh i'll phone again Monday and talk to someone else at the dealer. I got the "sucks to be you" answer today about it. Crappy part is its supposed to rain all weekend.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 02:22 PM   #9
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Definitely the Freedom top panels. Our JKU with hardtop has a similar issue.
Under heavy rain, as soon as you pull out of the driveway the water in between the panels angles forward and in to the Jeep.
We get occassional water right onto the radio also. It also collects in the family / roll bar plastic over your head and will pour out from there.
My 2 door with hardtop does it from time to time also. We are use to it. Hang a small towel from the cubby on top of the dash and let it drape over the radio.
Yes, it should not happen, but it is a Jeep and since the introduction of the Freedom top with split panels, it has been an issue.
Good luck, and sorry you are having the problem already on a brand new 2014 .
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Unread 09-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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First thing is to remove the front panels and re-align them, then secure all the clamps and the two mid-section fasteners; next test with a hose.

If it's still leaking after that, then do your best to determine the point of entry (which will likely require some help: one channeling water and the other spotting from the interior).

My top was loose when I bought it; had to re-install the front sections and tighten. The leak can often be as simple as the panels not being aligned or the mid-section fasteners not being tightened (resulting in a gap between the two fronts and the rear.

We have a 2008 4-door and a 2013 2-door (both with hard tops) and zero leaks, but I did have to do the above jostling on our 2008 after some minor drips at the seam, shortly after purchase.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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^^^ Well said, DangFoo... self-empowerment. 9/10 it is a badly seated panel. My Jeep leaked when I first got it, then I did some reading, took an afternoon (just like DangFoo said) and found the problem, seated the panels properly - and make sure they're seated properly every time they are removed/put back - and never had a problem ever since. It is amazing what one can do if one puts one's mind to it.

I suppose that the real problem is that the panels are removable and nobody reads the instructions. Then somehow it becomes Chrysler's/the dealership's problem (though I have little sympathy for either). I can point out several 4x4's and SUVs that don't have removable soft/hard tops - but I digress.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 06:38 PM   #12
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2011 jk. soft top all i have. never once leaked ever.


Its just like anything thast mass produced in the millions, you will get defects, unfortunately it happened to you.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 06:47 AM   #13
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Freedom Panels never leaked on my 2011 JKU. Just have to make sure they are aligned right and the seal is good. Also never used the rear screws.

Now the door leaks like a civ but that is nothing new.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 07:55 AM   #14
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I got couple of drops out hard top, near to windshield between freedom sections after heavy rain. Two month old 13/JKU ...
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Unread 09-08-2013, 05:29 PM   #15
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So does the 4 door hardtop leak too, or just the 2 door?
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