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Re: roof rack delete

Why does one need to remove the roof racks? Sacrificing functionality for looks?
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Re: roof rack delete

exactly. and functionality is irrelevant if you dont use them
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Re: roof rack delete

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I hate to resurrect an ancient thread, but while searching for my problem, I found this.
I want to KEEP my roof rails, but I have a leak when raining or washing, etc.
It is from the roof rail nut-serts. I have confirmed this many time.
I have tried to fix this to no avail. I am still getting a leak down my a-pillar. If those of you that have not filled your nut-sert openings are not getting a leak, where is it draining if not into the cabin?
I am to the point of pulling hair trying to cure this leak.
i havent plugged mine yet - i hope they dont leak... they say it doesnt but i wouldnt know. have you tried taking roof rack off and squirting clear silicone in and around bolt-zert and putting teflon on bolts? otherwise i see some have said it drains with sun roof? I thought most cars had drain tubes running from sun roof to bottom of car, but this may be different. if it is, maybe your drain passages are clogged?
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Re: roof rack delete

i found this on another site -

If the right rear 1/4 window isn't leaking, you may have to pull your headliner and check the sunroof drains, one sounds liek it may have come disconnected. There are four drains in the sunroof, one on each corner, the front two go in the "A" pillars, and the rear two go to the "C" Pillars and near the rear wheel wells if I remember correctly.


the most logical thing to do (althought not fun)

you may have to remove your head liner (not that hard really - just will take a half day) and pour water on top to pin point.
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exactly. and functionality is irrelevant if you dont use them
What do you do if the need ever arises for them? lol.
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Re: roof rack delete

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What do you do if the need ever arises for them? lol.
10 minutes or so to install. its super easy. i dont see how i would need them unless i am moving or going on a camping trip, in which both cases, i will know plenty in advance of said need


if i need to haul anything bigger than will fit in the back with seats down, i have a 14 foot trailer.
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if i need to haul anything bigger than will fit in the back with seats down, i have a 14 foot trailer.
Not everybody has the convenience of a 14 foot trailer readily available lol
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Re: roof rack delete

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i found this on another site -

If the right rear 1/4 window isn't leaking, you may have to pull your headliner and check the sunroof drains, one sounds liek it may have come disconnected. There are four drains in the sunroof, one on each corner, the front two go in the "A" pillars, and the rear two go to the "C" Pillars and near the rear wheel wells if I remember correctly.


the most logical thing to do (althought not fun)

you may have to remove your head liner (not that hard really - just will take a half day) and pour water on top to pin point.
I have tested the sunroof drains. They work.
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i havent plugged mine yet - i hope they dont leak... they say it doesnt but i wouldnt know. have you tried taking roof rack off and squirting clear silicone in and around bolt-zert and putting teflon on bolts? otherwise i see some have said it drains with sun roof? I thought most cars had drain tubes running from sun roof to bottom of car, but this may be different. if it is, maybe your drain passages are clogged?
I did pour water into the nut-sert hole to verify this is the leak spot and it leaked. The water comes down a-pillar and down the kick panel. If I am parked just right, the water will pour out of a-pillar and onto the top of the dash, just where the a-pillar trim meets the top of dash pad.

I have a couple bolts that are rusted pretty badly. I have done the following to try and fix this leak.
1. Teflon tape on all the bolts.
2. Sprayed expanding foam into the nutsert holes to try and fill the void.
3. Filled remaining cavity with silicone.
4. Put thin layer of silicone on base of rack foot to eliminate any water coming in from between roof and rack mounting foot
5. Put silicone on top of bolt after screwing it back down.

It STILL leaks at the same place.

I cant get my a-pillar grab handle off to see where it is coming in. I am ready to start pulling hair out.
I use my racks and I would hate to have to take them off just for this stupid leak.
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Re: roof rack delete

Taking your rack off won't help...if anything it'll make it worse. If you know the exact offender, and you know that it's leaking from inside the nutsert and not AROUND the nutsert, it may be so badly rusted away inside that there really isn't anything to seal up anymore. Water gets inside the cover and sits in the plastic support where the bolt goes...water will get in underneath where the support meets the body.
How about this...take the rack off on the affected side. Get a bolt of the same thread and screw it down into the nutsert. Apply a bead of silicone around the head of the bolt and let it dry. Then test it. If it doesn't leak, at least then you know that the leak can be stopped. Maybe the ultimate solution is to load that hole up with silcone, and then install the rack and bolt. That way it oozes out as you bolt it down and fills any cavities. Just an idea...Thread tape is only as good as the threads on both your bolt and the nutsert. If the nutsert is degraded inside, no amount of thread tape is going to seal it.

I removed my roof rack a month or so ago and installed some plastic fasteners into the holes with a thin layer of silicone around the underside of the push-in fastener. I've got no leaks at all...but then again, my nutserts are in good shape.
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Re: roof rack delete

UPDATE:
I took out the headliner. I hosed down the suspected nutsert. I got inside the Jeep and noticed the windshield leaking at the a-pillar.
Now, I dont know if all the other steps to stop the roof rail from leaking cured anything and the windshield was a secondary leak spot, or if the windshield was leaking the whole time.
I removed the outer upper trim and added some silicone and installed the trim piece back where it belongs and taped everything down.
Lets hope this is finally the fix. I hope so. I can only hope at this point.
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Good luck man...let's hope that did it!
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