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Unread 08-23-2014, 05:48 AM   #1
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Freedom Top leak

Anyone have a trick to fix Freedom top leaks? Mine's leaking at the windshield latch in the middle and only if the jeep is on an angle (up or downhill).

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Unread 08-23-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
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Me too, I find that really cranking down the "bolts" does help some, but I still get a few drips when I start off driving from a stop.
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Unread 08-23-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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You may have received your jeep with a deformed rubber seal at the Freedom tops-

Otherwise, try this, remove Drivers side first, then passenger side, closely inspect both the tops/gaskets for debris/cuts/obstructions--

Wipe the rubber gasket/top surface with a warm watered cloth and install passenger side first, then drivers side-now

Secure windshield latch's, install rear thumbscrews(just start threads), then secure top latch's progressively starting in front, right/left, right/left, then tighten thumbscrews FINGERTIGHT, NOT KNUCKLETIGHT--

Sorry if that doesn't work for the new jeeps, but has kept mine from leaking for over 5-1/2 tears-

If nothing works--Dealer time, just be prepared to sacrifice your jeep for X days !

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Unread 08-23-2014, 08:19 AM   #4
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Do they warranty against leaks?
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Unread 08-23-2014, 08:22 AM   #5
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Do they warranty against leaks?
Just be pleasant and not abusive/aggressive, call the service dept and talk to the manager--

Good luck

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Unread 08-23-2014, 08:38 AM   #6
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I usually scream but I'll try this. LOL. J/k
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Unread 08-23-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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Heh Heh, yeah-try my suggestion first, then only call if you have to !


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I usually scream but I'll try this. LOL. J/k
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Unread 08-23-2014, 02:42 PM   #8
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You may have received your jeep with a deformed rubber seal at the Freedom tops-

Otherwise, try this, remove Drivers side first, then passenger side, closely inspect both the tops/gaskets for debris/cuts/obstructions--

Wipe the rubber gasket/top surface with a warm watered cloth and install passenger side first, then drivers side-now

Secure windshield latch's, install rear thumbscrews(just start threads), then secure top latch's progressively starting in front, right/left, right/left, then tighten thumbscrews FINGERTIGHT, NOT KNUCKLETIGHT--

Sorry if that doesn't work for the new jeeps, but has kept mine from leaking for over 5-1/2 tears-

If nothing works--Dealer time, just be prepared to sacrifice your jeep for X days !

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Thanks Jimbox,
Will try your suggestion,funny thing is I never took them off as I was worried about leaks.
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Unread 08-25-2014, 09:04 AM   #9
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I was getting a leak the other day after a heavy rain storm in the center of the windshield. Looked at the top of the panels, turns out I put it on just a tad crooked and that's where the water came in. It is very important to line them up and make sure the top is setting on the seal correct. No problems since.
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Unread 08-26-2014, 02:31 PM   #10
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I also had this issue when I bought mine brand new last September. I took mine in and they claimed there was nothing wrong with it and that I could have possibly tightened the bolts into the sound bar too tight pulling the back down and the front up enough to allow water to seep in. When I informed them that I wasn't running the bolts because I frequently removed the tops they were stumped. All in all after they water tested it and placed the bolts in the back they claimed it was fixed. Leaked again the next week and the only issue I realized was the rubber strip that is on the latches above the sun visors was folded over a little causing less pressure and allowing the roof to raise just enough that water was coming in and leaking straight in the middle where the 2 pieces connected. So I would say to check those above the visors and make sure they are on perfect as well as making sure not to tighten down the bolts in the soundbar too tight. If that doesn't fix it take it back and tell them to figure it out again. They will eventually buy you a new top or fix the problem.
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Unread 08-26-2014, 06:41 PM   #11
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the trick is to keep the seals and their channels CLEAN and Plyable. also dont slide the tops across the seals..set them on top of them and push/wiggle them down to sit FLUSH all around..if it is not flush at all points it will leak..if all latches operate at the same force then you should be ok..if one is tighter then others then you may have a seal folded over. Also i dont use the rear screws at all...if you use them dont freaking screw them tight..i have yet to have a leak by using this method
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Unread 08-30-2014, 09:42 PM   #12
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Anyone have a trick to fix Freedom top leaks? Mine's leaking at the windshield latch in the middle and only if the jeep is on an angle (up or downhill).
Park flat...

I've had 2 or 3 drips in my 2012, and I can trace each one back to the Freedom Top being recently taken off and put back on by myself in a hurry. Even then, the drips were really only 3-5 drops of water. I get wetter from driving with the windows down.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 06:51 AM   #13
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Park flat...

I've had 2 or 3 drips in my 2012, and I can trace each one back to the Freedom Top being recently taken off and put back on by myself in a hurry. Even then, the drips were really only 3-5 drops of water. I get wetter from driving with the windows down.
This is about what I get 3-5 drips,but its right on my radio .I believe there are other options to fix this problem that may need to be explored on mine as its so intermittent.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 02:30 PM   #14
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I had to take mine in and they replaced the seal. It was warrantied, though...
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Unread 08-31-2014, 02:48 PM   #15
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Leak

Mine dripped several times...once after I washed it so I thought I'd just blasted too much water against it...the other when it was raining real hard.
Took the driver side top off and cleaned the gaskets...no problems since.
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