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post #1 of 4 Old 08-24-2021, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Continuous WJ Resurrection (Lots of questions)

Hello Everyone!

So, about a year ago I picked up a 2004 WJ limited with the 4.7L. It has about 180k miles and is till running good (enough) for now. It's currently a daily driver, so I won't be getting crazy with it for now.

I currently live in Germany so some parts and junk yard finds are hard to come by. But here we go.

So, first things first the drivers side floor board is soaking wet. I think its been like this for awhile (the wife never noticed) so I'm thinking the carpet needs replacement. I'm ordering some new door seals to stop the leak first then going on to new carpet. What's your opinion on flooring? I have found carpet with insulation attached or I can do the dyno-mat and the none insulation attached. I have looked under the flooring and I do have some surface rust starting as well. What's the best way to help/fix the rust before it gets out of control?

After I get the flooring situation worked out I need to get the drivers side seat fix. It seems like the lower left side hinges are broken. Also, the heated seats aren't working. I already have found a lot of wiring issues in other areas and assume this will always be an issue. So, I'm thinking of just getting ride of the heated seats and putting in a no electric/heated seats. What seats options do you recommend? Not looking to brake the bank but I want something comfortable. I don't mind the stock one but it also has some tears in it on top of the other issues. Do you all think it's worth putting money into and fixing? Has anyone ran into this issue yet?

I don't have a crazy amount of tools so I'm trying to fix things that can be done in a drive way for now. Goals for now is to fix all the interior issues and get it back to a good spot then when I get back to the states the fun stuff will start.

If you have any advice at all it would help. I've never taken on a project like this one before. Please, let me know some do's and don't.

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-24-2021, 03:21 PM
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Welcome. I doubt very much it is the door seals unless you can see they are toast. If you have a sunroof check the drains first, there are four. The 2 up front go down the A pillar and are known to fall apart inside the pillar. The water will then leak down onto the carpet unnoticed, VERY common problem. If you do not have a sunroof check the drivers door/hinge pillar wiring pass through, if it is not perfect water will come in there and makes its way to under the carpet again unnoticed.

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The driver side door seal outside window one is completely toast an doesn't fit anymore. Also, the bottom one by the middle drain is desinigrated. I'll check out the sun roof one as well cause those are probably not any better. I had to repair wires in the hinge pillar already so ill check to make sure I reinstalled the rubber correctly.

Thanks for the help.
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Hopefully you sorted this out by now. If not, check the rubber boot near the door hinge.

I made the mistake of slicing the boot open to repair a bad wire a while back.

A lot of rain water leaks down between the fender and door and onto the boot.

Since mine was sliced, the water got into the boot, leaked inside the car behind the plastic kick panel and soaked the carpet padding. I only noticed it when I removed the floor mat to vacuum and found the wet carpet.

A water test confirmed it was the boot, which I just replaced.
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