Q: Spare wheel well is full of water, what gives?

asked by on

I have had an unusual amount of water leak into my 2015 Jeep Cherokee. I understand that water can get in when you enter or exit in the rain or spill something, but I found a puddle inches deep of water in my spare wheel well. This is beyond unacceptable, especially at 1,400 miles old. Rust and mildew are two issues that spring to mind. What on earth can I do about this problem? What would even cause this to happen?

You should have the water leak found and fixed as soon as possible so that rust or mildew does not affect the interior of your Jeep. There are two main places that may be leaking. If you have a roof rack, then the bolts that hold the rails might not have gotten enough sealer before installation. This would allow water into the passenger compartment through the bolts threads. To fix this issue the dealer will have to remove each bolt and add sealer. The other possible issue if the sunroof drain tubes have been pinched or misrouted during installation. The inside roof liner and side panels would need to be removed to gain access to drain hoses and they would be rerouted as necessary.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Spare wheel well is full of water, what gives?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Check engine light is on after replacing battery

Manually resetting the Check Engine Light on modern vehicles requires a diagnostic scan tool. Any automotive professional can do this for you. However, battery replacement should not have caused your Check Engine Light to come on. There may be an...

Q: Q: Overheating

Hello, thank you for writing in. You have done everything reasonably possible to resolve the problem. With that being said, if the new radiator did not come with a new radiator cap, you will want to start there. If that...

Q: when i brake on my 2008 550i bmw it sounds like a grinding noise in the rear around the middle. Do you know what it could be?.

Grinding, squealing, or other "noise" on braking is usually related to a brake pad/rotor contact problem. These surfaces "mate" when you apply the brakes and if there is scoring on the rotor, rust, dirt, irregular wear on pad or rotor,...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.