Water Leak From Sunroof Drain Tube on Jeep Commander

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A water leak from the sunroof and/or headliner is often caused by clogged or misrouted sunroof drain tubes. Inspecting the sunroof drain tubes should be the first step in checking for the cause of these type of water leaks.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 81,603 (20–170,000)
5 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, more2010
184 people reported this problem
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I just noticed that there was white mold/mildew under my driver's side car mat. And then when I removed the mat I realized most of the carpet on driver's side was wet. I had heard there was some type of defect with how rain water drains. I researched online to determine what the problem could be and saw that a lot of people had problems with the sunroof drain tube near the bottom of the car not releasing water directly to the ground, directly behind the driver's side tire. I found a youtube video that showed how to correct the drain problem. I took a Saturday and just followed the procedure and fixed it all by myself. It only took me 30 min. I also tested that the water would drain on the ground by opening my sunroof all the way and then pouring water near the top left side of the sunroof, where the drain begins. And yes, it drained directly on the ground underneath the car. Yippee! Another $500 saved by not having to go to a dealer. :-) Here's the link to the video:
Has not been fixed! Water flying out of screw hole covers in handles on both driver and passenger side above dashboard. I have to put heavy towels there when it rains or my floor carpets get soaked! Terrible design flaw! Seems like a re-call/lemon law issue to me.
In shop now.. total design defect. I shouldn't have to pay for something that is not a wear and tear issue!!!
Water leaking to passenger floor. water sloshing in dash, water discharging from interior trim by front windshield.
water is on the floor in front seats after it rained. No wetness on seats, doors, windows dash, ceiling or sunroof. Its a mystery...cant figure out where it is coming from. only on the floors in front. Amount of water is a lot.
The drain tubes located at each end of the front drain channel in front of the Sun roof, need to be kept clear. If you open your Sun roof and pour a small cup of water at each end of the channel, the water should within a short time come out onto the ground right behind the front tires. The tube runs down inside the grab handles and down through the kick panel, if there is anything blocking the tubes, they will back up and water will flow out at the grabhandles and down onto the dash and onto the floor mats. Keeping the drains open by blowing air into them, or maybe some hot water, will help. These tubes can be replaced by a dealer.
I have a 2009 jeep Commander, which I bought brand new at dealership has a leaky sunroof. Now the sunroof has rust areas underneath the front of sunroof. I see on the web, there are class action lawsuits for this problem.
I found a bee had made it's nest in the bottom of the 1/4" tube and stoppered it up. I pulled the lower panel at my feet where the tube runs through and ran a clothes hanger into the tube that was full of water and the mud plug at the bottom. The water from the skylight and tube came rushing out and has not leaked inside from the post just below the hand grig since. I ran water over the skylight to rinse out the tube and tested it for leaks when I was finished.
Drain tube not draining properly from sunroof causing water to leak into interior headliner driver side and passenger side as well as in two pillars between windshield and front passenger and driver side doors floor wet
I initially noticed the passenger floor boards were wet. Then the headliner all the way back to the rear seats. Turns out the drain tubs were supposedly clogged the first time with construction debris. Dealer cleared it. Within a few months had the same issues. I thought it was the roof rack system so I removed it and sealed all the holes with windshield sealant and each screw individually. I highly recommend doing this but it didn't fix the issue. This time a different dealer told me the drain tube was disconnected. The following two times they said it was broke. During this process of the last 2 issues the radio amplifier (mounted over the rear driverside fender well) grounded out and burnt up the radio. The replaced that. I haven't checked it since but the suspect it is bad again or will soon be. I will correct it myself the next more warranty and either way the dealership seems incapable of fixing any real factory issue.
Just remove lower kick panel, pull blue tube out from grommet and blow compressed air up thru tube. Reinsert tube in floor pan and your done
Drivers side water can be seen coming through the piller where the screw covers are. There can be row inches of water in the drivers floor after a rain. The passenger side does not get wet. Have not got fixed yet. Very frustrated.
The leakage started once I took it to the car wash it's affecting my carpet on my passenger side and always constantly wet my car smells horrible
Time it rains the water just pours from underneath the dashboard onto peoples feet especially on the passenger-side very little on the driver side now my radio doesn't work my lights are going crazy my car was Stalin this is a headache