The Jeep Wrangler JK can all be taken apart; between the removable doors and the removable top, wind can find its way inside the car. Here is how to fix a wind noise.By Bassem Girgis – December 15, 2015
This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).
The Jeep Wrangler JK is the definition of freedom. It’s equipped with removable doors and a removable top. Unfortunately, with such freedom comes issues. Having everything seal perfectly is not an easy job, especially between removing components and installing it back on wrong. Fixing wind noises comes down to finding the source of the air leak. This guide will help you find the culprit causing wind noise and how to fix it in the Jeep Wrangler.
Step 1 – Locate culprit
Before we start fixing the problem, we must first discover it. The noise has been known to come from the corner where the top meets the door and the windshield. The weatherstripping tends to wear right in that corner, whether if it’s on the driver’s side or the passenger’s side. Analyze it visually before removing the top. If you can’t see clearly, then consider removing the top. To remove the top, you will have to unlock the latches inside the cabin, then remove the center screw. It’s recommended you ask a friend to lift it with you.
Another location that has been known to cause the wind to slip in and make noise is the part where the front top pieces overlap. A lot of times people put the driver’s side first, which causes it to not fit properly. Make sure the driver’s side goes on last, and be sure both pieces are flush together. If one is sticking out more than the other, then they are not installed properly.
Figure 1. Inspect the top.
Step 2 – Remove hard top
If the issue is around the hard top, remove it to replace the weatherstripping. Disconnect the latches holding the top in place. Undo all the black latches holding it in place. Finally, remove the center screw next to the dome light. You can just twist it counterclockwise to remove it. Get out of the car and remove the top.
Step 3 – Replace weatherstripping
Once you find the weatherstripping that is worn or cracked, which causes the wind to slip in and make noises, remove it by pulling out on it. It’s recommended you replace it as a whole. The weatherstripping in the wrangler are held in place with little clips, and the new weatherstripping (you will purchase specifically for the Wrangler JK) should come with the clips. Installing it is a simple swap. Pull out the old ones and clip the new ones in the same way; make sure each clip clips properly to avoid any wind noise.
Figure 4. Make sure the corners are tucked in properly.