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Unread 06-19-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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Leaking Freedom Top Roof (3-PieceTop) on the 2013 10th Anniversary Rubicon

There are times when I do not drive my Jeep for a week or so. Several times there has been heavy rains while the Jeep has been sitting. My driveway is a slight (maybe 20-25 degrees) incline. When I back up and turn around to go down the driveway, the roof will leak at the front center latch area and run/drip down on the dash, the navigation/stereo screen, and onto the console. The dealership states they have tested it and it does not leak for them. It also does not leak when it is taken through the automatic car wash. Is anyone having this same issue? If yes, we're you able to get it resolved?

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Unread 06-19-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Jeeps leak.. just the nature of the beast.. Sux that you pay that much money and it leaks so bad... especially with a hard top but all you can do is fuss at dealer maybe get it on video..
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Unread 06-19-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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I have 2 threads about this issue, first they will tell you that you put the tops back on wrong, and when you fuss enough they will replace the seals. My 2012 JK has been in 5 times for roof leaks, to include 2 new freedom top panels. This last time they had the tech in to look at my jeep and 5 other jeeps. My roof seals have already been replaced 3 times and the door seals 2 times. I know the frustration, all I can tell you is demand the dealer fix it. Also a nasty review about the dealer works wonders, jeep takes the reviews they send to you serious.

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Unread 06-20-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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Thanks. Heading to Jeep dealership to have another test performed for leakage. I find it unacceptable for a new Jeep to leak.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 09:24 AM   #5
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I bought a 2012 unlimited last August and had to bring it back to the dealer 4 times. My leak was in the exact same spot as yours. My issue seems identical to yours. After the 3rd time they replaced all the seals and it was fixed. The dealer said the same thing... couldnt find a leak... didnt leak when they water tested it... blah blah. The whole "its a jeep they leak" arguement is bs if you ask me. I dont care what the vehicle is, no one pays $30k + to drive something that water leaks into period.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 10:57 AM   #6
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I will bet most of you will not own a Jeep long. No offense, just a hunch. I love the design of the freedom 3 part tops. But face it, there is a reason NO one does the "T" or panel top anymore, they leak, in the end no matter. To many parts with seals. In the end will leak. K.I.S.S. theory.

Why I like the idea of the front panels. They make the best Bikini top I have ever had. Since that is all I run, no hard doors, no hard top. Some soft 2 part doors as needed and a rear soft window as needed. Soft doors leak always have, since 1941. Jeeps never came with carpet. I removed those when it was new.

I have a few trash bags. one for the steering wheel and a few for the seats if it gets real bad. Ever get caught in a thunder storm topless .
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Unread 06-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #7
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Well the Jeep dealership water tested my Jeep again. When they took the driver's side top off, they found water pooled in the top. Further inspection found that the factory had slightly twisted a seal in one spot when they put the top on. They said this is where the water is getting in. After they changed the seals, they water tested it and said it was not leaking. Since they already told me this once and didn't find a twisted seal the first time, I hope they are correct. We shall see.

Thanks to all of you for your feedback on these tops leaking.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 10:13 AM   #8
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Well the Jeep dealership water tested my Jeep again. When they took the driver's side top off, they found water pooled in the top. Further inspection found that the factory had slightly twisted a seal in one spot when they put the top on. They said this is where the water is getting in. After they changed the seals, they water tested it and said it was not leaking. Since they already told me this once and didn't find a twisted seal the first time, I hope they are correct. We shall see.

Thanks to all of you for your feedback on these tops leaking.
I have an 08 JKU... run with the freedom top about 25% the year. It has leaked off and on but usually you just have to take when laying the freedom panels back on... make sure nothing pinches wrong. I spray the rubber once a year with armor (lightly) and wipe them clean.
When it was new it actually had a bad leak in the back window and it would flood the little tray where the jack sits. A jeep dealer replaced the seals under warranty... no issues since then (09).
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Unread 06-21-2013, 08:59 PM   #9
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I have to agree with ROCKRB11. For a person to say it is a Jeep so expect it to leak is BS. Anyone who pays $30K+ and has the new Jeep leak needs to be hounding the dealership to get it fixed. Shame on you if you accept anything less. You could expect that maybe an old Jeep might leak, but not a new Jeep.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 09:12 PM   #10
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Wranglers are like Lego trucks; so many parts that are designed to be readily detached and then re-attached by the consumer. As such, it is more prone to leaks, squeeks, and rattles.

If re-installing has not worked and a couple beads of silicone around the front-center (where water is leaking) has not worked, then the dealer needs to replace the seals (rubber stripping) that go around the front panels.

My striker plates have been duct taped and no more rattles; my freedom top has silicone that I added [the sun oxidizes the rubber over time] and no leaks to speak of. There are usually simple fixes, but I also agree that the dealer needs to provide a remedy for you.

Keep us posted.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 12:14 AM   #11
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I have a 2013 JKU Freedom Edition with a hard top. My roof has leaked at least since the first time I took the freedom panels off(maybe prior). Initially I read the forums, assumed I'd put the panels on incorrectly, and went about my day.

Since owning my jeep for the last 6 months the white stitching on the driver's seat of my special edition jeep has turned from white to brown. On my driveway, my jeep sits at a steep incline, so that might have something to do with it.

I haven't been to the dealership since I've owned the Jeep simply because I don't have time, but I find a leaky roof on a +30K vehicle unacceptable. "It's a Jeep" is not an excuse!
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Unread 06-22-2013, 02:50 AM   #12
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A little bit of silicone on the seals....each time you put the top back on is a good idea. The rubber seals are lubricated when they go on at the factory to assure they don't prematurely dry out sitting in a dealer lot.

I had a little air leakage at freeway speeds with the t tops. Taking the top off and putting it back on re-sealed the leak. I run mine through the car wash regularly and had it through last years rainy season. So far so good....knock on wood.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 06:55 AM   #13
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Well it has been 3 weeks since Par-K fixed the leaking roof. We have had many heavy rains and the roof has not leaked any more. Hooray!
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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:06 AM   #14
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I have a few trash bags. one for the steering wheel and a few for the seats if it gets real bad. Ever get caught in a thunder storm topless .
You crack me up. We should get together and do some wheeling...
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Unread 07-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #15
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Mine leaked also. It took them 5 trips to the dealer, but they finally figured out that my freedom panel was cracked. Replaced it and fixed the leak.
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