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post #1 of 10 Old 07-26-2021, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Water in driver's side footwell

Hello all, I have already heard that Wranglers are not necessarily watertight. But maybe someone here can offer an idea.
After every noticeable, rain, there is quite a bit of water (maybe half a pint after a few minutes' gushing) in the footwell on the driver's side. The car is a 2001 TJ with full doors and hardtop. Any idea where the water might be coming from?
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-26-2021, 04:25 AM
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mucket seal could be the issue-- need to check to see if yours are there-- they often go missing when hard tops get removed and replaced later

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The mucket seal is actually missing. But if that were the reason, I would expect a trail of water from the door's rear bottom corner to the area below the pedals (were the puddle forms). But all the wetness seems to concentrate toward the front part of the door.
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Most common reason is the hood cowl drain is clogged. Skip vid to 1:55.

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Thanks, I will try and see if that drain is clogged. However, if I understand the video correctly, a clogged drain would flood the passenger side floorpan rather than the driver's side. Hmmm
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Well-- just forget we said anything

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I don't mean to nag around. It's just that I am really at a loss here.
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I had something similar. when my Jeep was parked in the street and if there was heavy rain, a puddle of water would form in the RH foot well, and being in Australia this is the driver side. (not to be confused with Austria as in Dumb and Dumber)

on the fold down windscreen there is a plastic trim that is screwed to the windscreen frame and the door seal contacts it to make a weatherproof seal. there is a join and a slight gap at the bottom of the windscreen plastic trim to allow the windscreen to fold down. I found water would dribble through the gap in extreme situations. and being parked on the left hand side of the street (we drive on the left down under) the right hand side of the door is more exposed to rain water due to the curvature of the road crown. If I parked on the opposite side of the road the same would happen to the left hand foot well.

In the end applied a bead of silicon in the gap between the plastic trim on the windscreen to the mating rubber trim on the body, and no more leaks, that was two/three years ago. maybe after folding down the screen a few times and the seal has deteriorated over the years

before that I searched everywhere, mucket seals, the drain cowl, the aircon drain etc

if I get around to it I'll take a photo and post later today
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Cowl seal under windshield, it's a serviceable item.

Also windshield hinge bolts if you have removed them to add light pod brackets or the like.

Both very common on CJs, YJs and TJs as the culprits along with the seam filler in that area.

Fold that windshield down and take apart that dash.

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Thanks, I will try and see if that drain is clogged. However, if I understand the video correctly, a clogged drain would flood the passenger side floorpan rather than the driver's side. Hmmm
I missed that part.

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