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Well folks, let me start off by first saying that I am sorry for any typos, as it is late and I have been dealing with this issue all during the work week and am a bit frustrated over it, as I am sure you all are that are suffering from it as well. Let me start from the beginning. If you want to skip through the background story, I have inserted in all caps below where the new information I was told is.

I bought my 2008 Jeep Patriot brand spanking new with about 50 miles on it in July of 2008 from the dealership. During the inspection, I noticed some water from the rear cargo light/flashlight. When questioned, the salesman just stated it was because it was just cleaned and detailed. Stupidly, I went with that answer, and drove my car off the lot. Not soon after, less than a month, I brought the car into the dealer for the first noted occurrence of it leaking in the back from the flashlight/rear cargo light after it rained. The dealer did notice some moisture, and said they repaired what was necessary. Not long after that, it occurred again, brought the vehicle back in, and this time they noted that they could not find any active leaking. After that began several more instances months apart from each other in which I would bring it in after a rain and they would find no active leaking and it would pass their hose tests. That dealer then went out of business, so I changed to another Chrysler dealership for my maintenance. There, on my first trip for an oil change, I again noticed the leaking, and brought it to their attention. They gave it back to me noting that they could not find any active leaking, but that a leak in the rear cargo light area is a noted problem in the Patriots, just like the newer Wranglers (I was not aware that they had the same issue), and there was "nothing that they could do about it." At this point, it has been leaking so much that after which I note the flash light no longer charges, and I attribute this to the leak.

I will note that I always figured the leak was from water standing along the ridge on top of the trunk lip, under the hatch, along where the hose for the rear window washer fluid came from the car to the trunk, and it was getting in from one of those seals. I then figured water was getting in there when I opened the hatch while it was raining, and the water from on top of the hatch would flow to the lip on the top of the trunk. So, I would not open the trunk in the rain, and I would dry it off before I did after it had rained... didn't work. See, my rear cargo light would not leak during every rain, just it would seem when I opened the trunk, which is usually when I noticed the leak, and thus I figured it was from me opening it. And then I noticed water would be in the lip regardless of if I opened it or not, a poor design on Chrysler's fault. Anyway....

I should not have accepted the second dealer's opinion about it being a known problem with no remedy, but I did anyway. Stupid me. Skip through another 6,000 miles to the next oil change, and that second dealer has closed from the mass closings from Chrysler, leading me to a third dealer for another oil change and again I noted the leaking, and told them all about it and how no one has been able to fix it. They note the leaking and place sealants on many of the welds and plugs along the top of the trunk lip, except they do not seem to seal the rear window washing fluid hose. They even note that the flashlight wiring has corroded from the water, and have ordered the parts to replace it. Oh well, passes their hose test, away I take it home. Not a week or so later, we have a heavy rain lasting through the morning and I leave my car outside while I am at work. I come out in the afternoon to get something out of the trunk, and there I see probably one of the worst leaks yet all over the trunk floor and the cloth on the ceiling is all wet. Great.

This brings us basically to present time, as this occurred last Saturday. I call the newest dealer I have been going to that day, tell them my problem and how many times it has been in and how they sealed it last time, and how it needs to come in again. I even mention going through the lemon route, which the advisor on the phone quickly dismissed. He sets me up for an appointment on Tuesday, and I drop the car off on Monday (Memorial Day) night. Confident this is still coming from the rear window washer fluid hose not being sealed, and as that is exactly where the water is pooling, I figure this fix will finally be coming to an end.

Wrong.

When I did not receive word from the dealer on Tuesday afternoon, I give them a call; advisor says they still have it leaking on their tests, and because of the time it takes for the sealer to dry before they can retest, they will need it another day. Same story when I come back on Wednesday, even making a surprise appearance there when they are not answering their phones. At this point I am mostly angry about their poor customer service, and why all of a sudden they can't stop the leak and what they are doing differently that they didn't find when it was in just a week or two ago. On Thursday, I finally get the go ahead that the car will be ready... on Friday.

WTF?

SO HERE'S THE NEW INFO.....

OK. According to them, all the other times they were testing the car, they noted the leaking was still there and after they would seal it would "slow down," but still be present. Finally, they lifted the black plastic piece on the left (driver) side of the roof, in between the doors and the roof rack, and noticed it going there. Sealed, retested. Still noted water coming in at a small amount. Great. Somewhere along the line, they call a Chrysler service support phone number to Detroit, presenting THEM the situation. Chrysler comes back with telling them to take a look under the roof rack, in the rear, the screws there being too strong (or something along those lines) and tearing through the roof, creating what I would assume to be an entrance for water. According to this Chrysler service support phone line, they told my dealer that this has only been noted by one other Patriot in the U.S., causing a leak, and was reported to Chrysler, and that file was what they were reading to my dealer. My dealer takes my roof rack off, and bingo, that's where the problem lies, according to them. They inform me of this on Friday morning, and proceed to tell me they will need it longer. The right (passenger) side roof rack and plastic strip are both fine, according to the dealer.

Sooo, this puts my Patriot into the body shop there at the dealer for even MORE time, most likely into the middle of next week, all for the water leak, in which mine is apparently only ONE OF TWO Patriots in the U.S. to have this problem. WONDERFUL! When I went back to the dealer to pick up a rental, I had them take me to my car to point out the problems. Unfortunately, the roof rack was still attached... only because, I would hope, they were keeping it outside and did not want to leave it exposed. So I did not get to see the supposed hole.

Has anyone else even heard of this? Could this be the cause to a lot of the rear cargo light/trunk leaks, and most dealerships are not looking this far into it to even get under the roof rack?

Any ideas, thoughts?

Has ANYONE ever gotten their rear cargo light/trunk leak fixed?

Rest assured, when I FINALLY get my Patriot back, I will let you know what the final diagnosis is and if it holds up in the rain.

Thanks in advance folks.
 

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Well folks, let me start off by first saying that I am sorry for any typos, as it is late and I have been dealing with this issue all during the work week and am a bit frustrated over it, as I am sure you all are that are suffering from it as well. Let me start from the beginning. If you want to skip through the background story, I have inserted in all caps below where the new information I was told is.

I bought my 2008 Jeep Patriot brand spanking new with about 50 miles on it in July of 2008 from the dealership. During the inspection, I noticed some water from the rear cargo light/flashlight. When questioned, the salesman just stated it was because it was just cleaned and detailed. Stupidly, I went with that answer, and drove my car off the lot. Not soon after, less than a month, I brought the car into the dealer for the first noted occurrence of it leaking in the back from the flashlight/rear cargo light after it rained. The dealer did notice some moisture, and said they repaired what was necessary. Not long after that, it occurred again, brought the vehicle back in, and this time they noted that they could not find any active leaking. After that began several more instances months apart from each other in which I would bring it in after a rain and they would find no active leaking and it would pass their hose tests. That dealer then went out of business, so I changed to another Chrysler dealership for my maintenance. There, on my first trip for an oil change, I again noticed the leaking, and brought it to their attention. They gave it back to me noting that they could not find any active leaking, but that a leak in the rear cargo light area is a noted problem in the Patriots, just like the newer Wranglers (I was not aware that they had the same issue), and there was "nothing that they could do about it." At this point, it has been leaking so much that after which I note the flash light no longer charges, and I attribute this to the leak.

I will note that I always figured the leak was from water standing along the ridge on top of the trunk lip, under the hatch, along where the hose for the rear window washer fluid came from the car to the trunk, and it was getting in from one of those seals. I then figured water was getting in there when I opened the hatch while it was raining, and the water from on top of the hatch would flow to the lip on the top of the trunk. So, I would not open the trunk in the rain, and I would dry it off before I did after it had rained... didn't work. See, my rear cargo light would not leak during every rain, just it would seem when I opened the trunk, which is usually when I noticed the leak, and thus I figured it was from me opening it. And then I noticed water would be in the lip regardless of if I opened it or not, a poor design on Chrysler's fault. Anyway....

I should not have accepted the second dealer's opinion about it being a known problem with no remedy, but I did anyway. Stupid me. Skip through another 6,000 miles to the next oil change, and that second dealer has closed from the mass closings from Chrysler, leading me to a third dealer for another oil change and again I noted the leaking, and told them all about it and how no one has been able to fix it. They note the leaking and place sealants on many of the welds and plugs along the top of the trunk lip, except they do not seem to seal the rear window washing fluid hose. They even note that the flashlight wiring has corroded from the water, and have ordered the parts to replace it. Oh well, passes their hose test, away I take it home. Not a week or so later, we have a heavy rain lasting through the morning and I leave my car outside while I am at work. I come out in the afternoon to get something out of the trunk, and there I see probably one of the worst leaks yet all over the trunk floor and the cloth on the ceiling is all wet. Great.

This brings us basically to present time, as this occurred last Saturday. I call the newest dealer I have been going to that day, tell them my problem and how many times it has been in and how they sealed it last time, and how it needs to come in again. I even mention going through the lemon route, which the advisor on the phone quickly dismissed. He sets me up for an appointment on Tuesday, and I drop the car off on Monday (Memorial Day) night. Confident this is still coming from the rear window washer fluid hose not being sealed, and as that is exactly where the water is pooling, I figure this fix will finally be coming to an end.

Wrong.

When I did not receive word from the dealer on Tuesday afternoon, I give them a call; advisor says they still have it leaking on their tests, and because of the time it takes for the sealer to dry before they can retest, they will need it another day. Same story when I come back on Wednesday, even making a surprise appearance there when they are not answering their phones. At this point I am mostly angry about their poor customer service, and why all of a sudden they can't stop the leak and what they are doing differently that they didn't find when it was in just a week or two ago. On Thursday, I finally get the go ahead that the car will be ready... on Friday.

WTF?

SO HERE'S THE NEW INFO.....

OK. According to them, all the other times they were testing the car, they noted the leaking was still there and after they would seal it would "slow down," but still be present. Finally, they lifted the black plastic piece on the left (driver) side of the roof, in between the doors and the roof rack, and noticed it going there. Sealed, retested. Still noted water coming in at a small amount. Great. Somewhere along the line, they call a Chrysler service support phone number to Detroit, presenting THEM the situation. Chrysler comes back with telling them to take a look under the roof rack, in the rear, the screws there being too strong (or something along those lines) and tearing through the roof, creating what I would assume to be an entrance for water. According to this Chrysler service support phone line, they told my dealer that this has only been noted by one other Patriot in the U.S., causing a leak, and was reported to Chrysler, and that file was what they were reading to my dealer. My dealer takes my roof rack off, and bingo, that's where the problem lies, according to them. They inform me of this on Friday morning, and proceed to tell me they will need it longer. The right (passenger) side roof rack and plastic strip are both fine, according to the dealer.

Sooo, this puts my Patriot into the body shop there at the dealer for even MORE time, most likely into the middle of next week, all for the water leak, in which mine is apparently only ONE OF TWO Patriots in the U.S. to have this problem. WONDERFUL! When I went back to the dealer to pick up a rental, I had them take me to my car to point out the problems. Unfortunately, the roof rack was still attached... only because, I would hope, they were keeping it outside and did not want to leave it exposed. So I did not get to see the supposed hole.

Has anyone else even heard of this? Could this be the cause to a lot of the rear cargo light/trunk leaks, and most dealerships are not looking this far into it to even get under the roof rack?

Any ideas, thoughts?

Has ANYONE ever gotten their rear cargo light/trunk leak fixed?

Rest assured, when I FINALLY get my Patriot back, I will let you know what the final diagnosis is and if it holds up in the rain.

Thanks in advance folks.
I'm very sorry to learn about your leak. Have you informed Chrysler/Jeep? In Canada their number is 1-800-361-3700 and I'd contact them with your problem. My Patriot is on order and because of the leaking problems reported here I called, spoke to someone that has "opened a file" for me with a number. They advised me to report any problems directly to them.
Once again I'm sorry to learn of your experience. There are many threads here and one thread about a successful repair undertaken by a member.
 

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Long story, short answer. There is still problems with quality control over welded and sealped roof line parts...sad story. I've got the same problem, mine delaler found this bad sealed spot in third or fourth visit, but they did, thats positive moment!:)
 

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I had the same problem and my Patriot was in to my dealership multiple times. They called in a Chrysler leak specialist from the plant to come look at it....and they had to weld along the roof rack. As far as I know, the leak is fixed. It doesn't rain much here, so I'm hoping to have a good test this winter when the rains do come.
 

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Long story, short answer. There is still problems with quality control over welded and sealped roof line parts...sad story. I've got the same problem, mine delaler found this bad sealed spot in third or fourth visit, but they did, thats positive moment!:)
Once the bad seal spot was fixed, did the leak during the rain cease? Was this along the roof rack as well?
 

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got a 2009 patriot and have the rear cargo light leak took it to the dealer they resealed the body seams at the top rear hatch upper corners picked it up rear light was hanging from the ceiling and they washed it noticed a few drops of water before leaving the dealership we all hope it is not still leaking going to hose it down today an see what happens all your post will help the rest of us i will demand the roof rails get checked if it still leaks im 51 yo and this is the first new car ive ever had not a good first impression
 

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lemon law all the way

My '08 Patriot suffered from the leak drama as well. After 4 visits totaling to about a month's worth of work, I filed lemon law paperwork. In my state, the first step to that is sending Chrysler a registered letter telling them that they have 10 business days to permanently fix the problem, or I am entitled to a new car or a refund. Let me tell you, they are VERY anxious to help you out when they get one of those letters - sure enough they called me a few days later, the car went in for one more week. One year later, the car has not still leaked, so I guess the problem is solved.

But...
1) I do not have complete confidence that it will never leak again.
2) I do not like the fact that so much water got into the car, who knows what's hiding where I can't see.
3) My interior was taken apart and put back together - some of those parts are never meant to come out and go back in. As a result, the interior is no longer perfect, there are some gaps in the trim and some little scratches and marks that should not be there.
4) The dealer I went to refused to give me a loaner or pay for my rental car for all 4 repairs.
5) The entire experience has exasperated me to the point that this is will probably be my last Chrysler purchase. Too bad, because I like the cars... but the quality is just not there.
 

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got a 2009 patriot and have the rear cargo light leak took it to the dealer they resealed the body seams at the top rear hatch upper corners picked it up rear light was hanging from the ceiling and they washed it noticed a few drops of water before leaving the dealership we all hope it is not still leaking going to hose it down today an see what happens all your post will help the rest of us i will demand the roof rails get checked if it still leaks im 51 yo and this is the first new car ive ever had not a good first impression
well did a water test after i posted this found the leak was still present drove the jeep back to the dealership they tested it and found it leaking also. today 9-17-09 I picked my car up after one day and was told the hatch stop a round disc dead center was found to be leaking this time they put the seam seal on it and tested it just before my arrival and did not see any water so far so good will wait a few more days let everything sit retest if it leaks will contact chysler numbers you all have listed and start a file i will post this outcome
 
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