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Old 02-05-2010, 06:02 PM
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Default Solution to leaky grab handle and rear window

I have fought this problem since new, and dealer did the trim fix, and still leaked.

I have an 04 that has leaked since day one out that passenger side grab handle. There are 3 technical service bulletins, but the dodge dealer only told me of the first two.

1st says to take the weather strip off the door, and silicone around the screws, and reinstall. I siliconed the entire strip.

Still leaked.

2nd says to take the screws off the brake light, silicone the holes, reinstall, again, I siliconed the entire light, and still leaked.

Last week, I found the third bulletin, and it was dated 2003!!! so they have known about the problem since it was still under warranty, but didn't bother to do this fix or tell me how to do it myself.

WHY? Because it was a major job.

Remove all interior trim, drop the dome light and overhead computer, drop the entire head liner, and silicone the very back top passenger corner where the roof panel connects to the side panel. The robots missed a spot on that area and there is a 6" long gap where the water comes in, then it flows to the back window and comes in there and at the top screw on the grab handle. No wonder Dodge didn't want to do that to a couple million trucks. Took me over 2 hours.

Rained like crazy all this week and no more leaks, either at the back window or the handle!!!

I just wish I had known about it years ago.
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Nice work man! Glad you fixed the problem, also a great piece of advice for anyone else who has this problem
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Great to hear you keep looking for the problem and finally got it fixed .
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Yep, glad to hear everything stays dry on the inside now, but sounds like a plausible reason why no one bothered to tell you or fix it!

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Yes, double post, plus I posted it at another dodge forum twice. I want it to show up when you SEARCH for it.

Hopefully the next guy won't have to search for 6 years to find the solution.
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thank you so much for this info!!!! my driver side grab handle was leaking the other day and I was like WTF!!!!! now I know!
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Thanks X 2. My 04 has the leaky back window also.
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