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Unread 08-11-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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Wrangler unlimited water leak SOLVED!!

Hope this helps some others out there. After months and months of dealing with water leaks every time it rains, many trips to the dealer, new header, new top weatherstripping, etc. etc, to no avail, I took matters into my own hands and solved the problem.

The water (and not a small amount) would always be found dribbling in around the bottom of the door jambs (both front doors). I always found it an odd design feature that the door jamb body metal curved inward without any lip or gutter to turn the water toward the outside. I surmised that, if any water got past the weather stripping somewhere, it could potentially just spill over to the interior so I added water soluble paint along the door jamb and then closed it up and waited for the rain. After the storm passed, I opened the door and saw the trail of water, the path that it followed, etc.

Basically, the weatherstripping doesn't fit tightly against the windshield/body joint and any water that is flowing down from the top can make a turn inward at that point and slide down along the door jamb until it reaches the bottom and then follows the metal that is curved inward and spills out onto the front floor.

The solution is to add a big blob of silicone at the windshield/body joint and then close the door and leave it closed until the silicone dries. It will conform to the shape of the weather stripping and result in a nice, tight seal that prevents the water from running down the length of the door jamb. There have been several BIG rains since installing this fix and the jeep is completely and finally dry.

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Unread 08-13-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Always a good feeling when problems get solved. Thanks for sharing. i keep an eye out for shifted seals. Black RTV would hide the fix a little better.
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Unread 08-13-2012, 11:45 PM   #3
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Nice troubleshooting and fix you did there and thanks for posting it.

Also, to the forum.
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When you put the silicone in and close the door does the door stick shut when it dry's?

I have been battling leaking for the past 4 years with no resolution from Jeep.

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Unread 08-22-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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It looks like he allowed the bead to dry with the door open.

However you CAN make a seal by putting down the silcone then covering it with saran wrap. Close the door to the first click (this will allow the silcone to remain "overfilled" so that when dry and closing all the way there is still pressure being applied to the now dry seal). When its all dry just pull the saran wrap off.
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Unread 08-22-2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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I tried this to no avail but I didn't use that much silicone. I'll give it another shot sometime soon. Fingers crossed!
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Hope this helps some others out there. After months and months of dealing with water leaks every time it rains, many trips to the dealer, new header, new top weatherstripping, etc. etc, to no avail, I took matters into my own hands and solved the problem.

The water (and not a small amount) would always be found dribbling in around the bottom of the door jambs (both front doors). I always found it an odd design feature that the door jamb body metal curved inward without any lip or gutter to turn the water toward the outside. I surmised that, if any water got past the weather stripping somewhere, it could potentially just spill over to the interior so I added water soluble paint along the door jamb and then closed it up and waited for the rain. After the storm passed, I opened the door and saw the trail of water, the path that it followed, etc.

Basically, the weatherstripping doesn't fit tightly against the windshield/body joint and any water that is flowing down from the top can make a turn inward at that point and slide down along the door jamb until it reaches the bottom and then follows the metal that is curved inward and spills out onto the front floor.

The solution is to add a big blob of silicone at the windshield/body joint and then close the door and leave it closed until the silicone dries. It will conform to the shape of the weather stripping and result in a nice, tight seal that prevents the water from running down the length of the door jamb. There have been several BIG rains since installing this fix and the jeep is completely and finally dry.
Thanks for da help
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Unread 12-10-2013, 09:23 AM   #8
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That means that da water could in da jeep floors
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Unread 12-10-2013, 09:24 AM   #9
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Da water could end in da jeep floors does it because are kind of souk
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