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Chrysler Sebring Water Leaks

ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
edited January 3 in Chrysler
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  • I have at 2001 Chrysler Sebring LXi sedan. I have had water leak in 7 times. I have lost my lemon law arbitration because the 4th problem was not within the specified mileage. However, I do have a 3 year and 36,000 mile warranty that the dealer and Chrysler must honor. I am taking it in again next week. The 5 Star Dealers Master Mechanic who has looked at it 4 times is going to look at it again. They have replace the sun roof tray, repaired the drains, and sealed some "leaks". I will never buy another Chrysler again. The dealer, Regional Representative Joe Dietz, and Chryslers Customer Service are unresponsive and ineffective. What would you suggest I do next. 33 Letters went out this week to various addresses. Check Autoweek.com for an article about Chrysler Quality and Image. Don Dees is quoted as saying Chrysler has a problem. No kidding. Any suggestions on what to do with a Leaking Sebring?

    http://www.autoweek.com/cat_content.mv?port_code=autoweek&cat- _code=carnews&loc_code=index&content_code=05361076
  • I have a 2001 LXi sedan. I have had 7 water leaks. Chrysler and the Dealer are unresponsive. Never touch another Chrysler again. Keep looking. I am. It's tough but your not alone. Good Luck.

    http://www.autoweek.com/cat_content.mv?port_code=autoweek&cat- _code=carnews&loc_code=index&content_code=05361076
  • Thanks, David.

    The dealer washed the car before they gave to me.
    But I found they forgot to dry the floor.
    The floor before rear seats just like a pond.
    I already used vacuum to drain the water. But lots of water already penetrated under the floor.
    I'm afraid this will cause problem.
    Any circuits under the floor?
    Thanks. I'm so worried.
  • I just recently bought my 98 JX Convertible. I live in western NC and due to Hurricane Frances, there has been several inches of rain dumped in a very short period of time. When I got up this morning, there was water standing in the drivers side floor boards (front and back) and the passenger side back floor board. Also, when I drive there is a "swish" noise from water, but I can't figure out where it is. Any clue why it's leaking and where from. It has rained since I bought, but never this hard. Has anyone else had this problem fixed? Is it expensive? Thanks for any help or advice.
  • I had this same problem on my 1997 chrysler sebring convt. except mine was on the passenger side, and it was caused by a plug being somewhere along the frame all they had to do was unplug the plug, it's just a little stopper under the car. hope this helps!!!
  • I have a 1999 Sebring with the same leaking problem, passenger side. This just started happening. I have looked for the "plug" but can not locate it. Do you have any other information on where the plug might be located?
  • I'd like to add myself to the list of those having standing water on the Sebring floorboard, but mine is on the driver's side (as noted by previous person asking this question). Any ideas from anybody about this drain or plug would be appreciated. I once had a VW Rabbit where pine needles plugged a drain along the front by the windshield-wipers. Water would then flow off the windshield and poor into passenger compartment through the heater vents. Unplugging fixed the problem. I wonder if you and others (like myself) typically park your car outdoors and uncovered, whereby leaves and debris could build-up in body/chassis drains?
  • FOR ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THE PROBLEM OF WATER INSIDE THEIR SEBRING CONVT AFTER RAIN, THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION TO FIX IT.
    ALONG THE BODY UNDER THE DOORS ON DRIVER SIDE AND PASSENGER SIDE IS A FINNED PLATE THAT HAS 5 TO 6 SLOTS IN THEM. TAKE A PAPER CLIP AND CLEAN OUT SLOTS THESE ARE YOUR DRAIN HOLES. DON THIS EVERY 4 MONTHS AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS. THIS IS COMMON ON ALL CONVERTIBLES.
    NOTE I HAVE A 99 JXI THAT IS A GREAT CAR, ONLY THING I HAVE ADDED TO IT IS GAS AND NEW TIRES. ALSO TO ALL OF YOU HAVING TIRE PROBLEMS PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CAR HAS VERY LOW PROFILE TIRES WITH A TUNED SUSPENSION AND AIR PRESSURE NEEDS TO BE MAINTAINED FOR ALL THINGS TO WORK CORRECTLY
  • Sorry, its been months since you put your problem on the board, but I just had my own flood in my car yesterday with all the rain in SoCal, The problem it turns out is the drain holes get plugged up over time and your convertible turns into a bathtub. The two drain holes are on both sides of the car near the jack points towards the rear. The mechanic just shoved a small screw driver in the hole and released the dam, important:your stock amplifier under passenger seat will blow your eardrums out when the water hits it or worse.
  • pcohenpcohen Posts: 1
    I have found with the rains we have had in Los Angeles my Sebring is leaking water on the passenger side. I found the water is leaking between the window and the top and dropping into the seat and next to the door. I can't find the location of where the leak is originating. The top seems to be fine. When I feel around between the top and interior it's all dry.

    Any clues?
  • lady5lady5 Posts: 1
    Passenger side is leaking water when it rains from somewhere, don't know if its from top which is dry or under which is dry until water comes in. Sounds like water is somewhere behind back seat on pass. side. Had 2gallons in there after last rain. Now oil light comes on only after I've driven on interstate, get off and brake at a red light, if I put it in park, the light goes off, if I put in drive and hold brake, light comes on... No leaks found and oil is at right level.
  • I have had the same leaking problem as you described. I own a 2004 Sebring convertible purchased at the end of August last year and garage kept during the winter months. Not too much use there. I saw a little dampness in the October timeframe but thought that may have been from not having the top secure enough so brushed it off. However we hada storm the other day that I drove through and had leakage on both passenger and driver side. Took it to the dealer as I noticed the rear windows when they were down while the top was up did NOT look like they did in my 2001 Sebring ocnvertible. The rear windows in the 2001 were flush with the front windows. In the 2004 they are bending inward. Apparently, this was an intentional design change as we looked at one on the lot and I was quite disappointed as I could not see the benefit in that.

    I have not had the other problems but would be interested in any answers you receive on the leaking.
  • cg33cg33 Posts: 3
    I don't know if you ever got help for this so sorry for just now sending this
    info. I, myself, just recently had this problem and when I went to the
    dealership, they wanted to charge me at least $170 to replace some "seals". I don't think that was necessary and I didn't want to waste $170 so I searched this site and saw responses from others like jam407, markdisalvo, and grnchrysler200. As the others said, you have to "unplug" the dirt that gets stuck and keeps water
    from draining. The trick is not only to find the plugged spots, but to know what
    they look like. They are not actual plugs that you remove. Once I finally found
    them last night and used a paper clip to clean them as jam407 said, water came
    out like a fountain. The plugged holes are located along the length of the
    bottom of the car. When I got a mirror and looked at them, the plugged spots
    reminded me of how the pen holder in your center console looks. It is a number of
    hill-like spots. You insert a paper clip inside (even though it may not look like
    there is a hole) and if you have any water in there, it will come out. Another
    way that I identified the spots was that they look like mini flared spots where
    I thought I had just hit the bottom of the car and caused the two metal plates
    to slightly separate and bend.
  • ydnic4ydnic4 Posts: 1
    :D Just want to say thanks a million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was just giving up and ready to pay the dealer. Thank you again for solving our flooding problem. Cindyk (ydnic4)
  • b62duckb62duck Posts: 2
    I had the problem with standing water on the floorboard with my 97 sebring. On the under body of the car there are drain holes. They are right when the weld is at the bottom of the door. It looks like a break in the weld, there is I think 4 on both the driver and passenger side. They are just big enough to fit a flat head screw driver in them. Mine were clogged with dirt I cleaned the junk out of it with a screw driver and have never had a problem since.
  • danny8danny8 Posts: 1
    This information was very helpful i had the same problem on the left side.I would like to add one thing i discovered.Beside the 5 or so sections where the water is released in the seam of the rocker panel also there is a large hole in the rear covered by a rubber flap.This seems to be the last place the water can be released and mine was full of small leaves dirt etc so be sure to check this too
  • mar4mar4 Posts: 2
    Are the holes on the door itself or on the body of the car? Thanks!
  • mar4mar4 Posts: 2
    The water on the floorboards and in the body of my car apparently shorted out my speakers for good. Under the passenger seat is a black rectangular box of wires that apparently controls the speakers (Infiniti brand; I'm not sure if they were installed by the manufacturer or by a previous owner). Does anyone know how to fix the speakers, maybe by replacing a fuse?
    By the way, I figured out how to unclog the small drain holes under the car; thanks for the advice. So hopefully the waterlogging won't continue.
    M
  • sara37sara37 Posts: 1
    I own a 1998 sebring conv. I have little problems with the roof leaking, but we just had a heavy rain and the drivers side front and back floors are both soaked. The seats were not wet at all. I just purchased this car about a week ago. Any suggestions??
  • rlgorerlgore Posts: 2
    I had the same problem with my wife's 1998 Sebring conv, tried cleaning out the drain holes (located in front of rear tires near bottom of wheelwell area) to no avail. Co-worker with 1996 Sebring conv told me to look for the rubber plugs near this same area and pull them out. Says he's had them out for several years and never had a wet floor problem. Sure enough, after a good rain, I watched the wife as she drove up the street leaving two nice water trails behind the car! And no more water sloshing around in the back end either. Another hint was to avoid parking the car with the nose down, if possible. Hope this helps!
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