If water seeps in your vehicle during heavy downpours or during a car wash, chances are you have a seal leak. A weatherstrip seal helps prevent water from leaking through your car doors and windows, keeping you safe and warm inside your ride. To fix this, you need to get a new seal to replace the old one. New seals typically cost less than $50, depending on the brand that you're going to buy. Here's a quick and basic guide to weatherstripping installation and maintenance.
Weatherstrip Seal Installation
This is a short guide on how to replace the old weatherstripping of your car doors.
Tools that you'll need:
- Emery cloth
- Paint scraper
Step 1: Open the car door and determine how the old seal was attached?whether it used screw fasteners, clips, or if it was glued. If it was glued, use a razor to detach the seal from the door. On the other hand, use pliers to remove clips or fasteners.
Step 2: After removing the old seal, clean the area where it was once attached. Use an Emery cloth to sand clips and clear the holes for push clips using a drill.
Step 3: As soon as it's clean, put the new seal around the frame, stretching it all the way and adjusting it to match its anchor points with the door frame.
Step 4: Secure the new weatherstrip seal in place by using screws, clips, or glue. If you are going to use screw fasteners, identify the existing anchor points to make the task easier. If you are using clips, just push them into the existing holes. And lastly, if you are going to use glue to attach the seal, make sure you spread an even amount of glue on the door frame and on the center part of the seal. After that, press the seal firmly on the door frame and let it dry for about 24 hours before closing the door.
Weatherstrip Seal Maintenance
If your car's weatherstripping is not taken care of, chances are you'll need a replacement after just a few years. To avoid spending unnecessarily, maintain your seals through regular conditioning after every wash. This will help prevent premature deterioration and early wear and tear.
Tools that you'll need:
- A bucket of water
- Mild soap
- Silicone spray
Step 1: Open the doors of your vehicle and wash the weatherstripping. Use the sponge, soap, and water to gently scrub away the dirt and grime from the seals.
Step 2: Next, rinse the weatherstripping until all the soap has been completely removed.
Step 3: Wait until the seals are completely dry before you condition them. Apply some silicone spray on the towel and use this to wipe the weatherstripping. See to it that you apply a generous amount of silicone on the entire surface of the seal.
Note: Do not use petroleum-based products on your weatherstrip seal as these can cause damage to the seal's soft rubber.