The season of winter is loved by some and hated by some. But do you know that your precious car is more prone to getting damaged in winter than in any other season? Yes! It is true. There remains a high chance of the water freezing right on the door’s rubber.
And if that happens, you are either locked out or might end up tearing the weather stripping by pulling the door extremely hard. It can go bad in other cases as well.
But, don’t you worry! We know how to fix car weather stripping, so you won’t have to waste money on a new one. Read along to learn the process in this article.
How to Tell If Your Weather Stripping Is Toast?
It will require some detective work to find out whether the seal is broken or not. A wet carpet in the rear passenger area does not always indicate that the seal is toast because the water might have sneaked its way inside using other paths. However, there is one clear indication that can tell you if the seal broke.
While driving, you will notice that you can hear the wind even though all the windows are shut. That is a good indication that the seal is broken. And if you follow the noise, you can find the source of the leak.
Other than that, you can just inspect the rubber and tell whether it is broken or not. With time, the rubber is going to age. Extreme heat can fasten up the aging process. And once it does age to a certain amount, it will lose its pliability and will not be compatible with the job anymore.
You can also check by squeezing the seal using your fingers. If the rubber bounces right back or springs back into the original form, it is in perfect shape. However, if it does not get back into shape, it will not be able to make a proper seal anymore. And it will require fixing or replacing.
Lastly, if you notice that the interior is taking too long to get cooled down when the AC is on, the weather stripping might have given in. It is not making a proper seal anymore, and that is why the air from the inside is finding its way to the outside.
Types of Weather Strips for Cars
Before we get into how to fix the old weather strips, allow us to state the types of strips that are available in the market. By knowing about them, getting a replacement might become easier, that is, if you want to replace them in the first place.
That being said, there are mainly two types of weather strips. One is a factory replacement, and the other one is generic. We, including many people, will recommend you to stay clear of the generic ones. But why? Well, they are usually sketchy. That is why many will opt for them for the old cars.
On the other hand, factory replacements are generally the ones you should go for if you want to drive your car for a long amount of time. Also, these are not going to give in that easily. In other words, you will not have to worry about getting them fixed or getting a replacement anytime soon. And these will have a perfect fit.
How to Fix a Weather Stripping?
Let us get back into the topic we have in hand, which is how to fix a weather stripping. Well, the process is pretty simple and straightforward. And it will also allow you to ensure that the strip does not tear away that easily in the future. With that out of the way, these are the steps that you need to follow:
Step 1: Get the Right Materials
First and foremost, get your hands on proper weather stripping adhesive, spray silicone, masking tape, and a non-flammable brake cleaner. All of these can be easily found in auto parts stores. However, do make sure that the brake cleaner comes in a spray can and is non-flammable.
Step 2: Pull-out the Old Weather Stripping
After getting the right tools, work on getting the stripping out. Do not pull on hard, or else you might get in torn up even more. Once you get it off the place, move along to the next step.
Step 3: Clean the Crevice and the Stripping
You need to open up the brake cleaner and start cleaning. The spray can make things easier here. Start by cleaning the rubber strip up. Do not use too much brake cleaner because that will elongate the drying time. Use the amount that is required.
Then start cleaning the metal surface, which is the crevice. Follow the same process: not to use too much brake cleaner because it will make the process a bit lengthy.
Step 4: Let the Parts Dry
Once the strip and the crevice are clean, let them sit out in the air for a while and let them dry. There is no need to use any cloth to dry them; the cleaner should dry off automatically if it is non-flammable.
Step 5: Use the Adhesive
Now that the rubber strip and the metal surface are dry, start applying a bead of adhesive on the strip. Apply some on the metal surface as well. Allow them to dry completely. Then, apply another coat on both the rubber strip and the metal surface. You can use any of the adhesive mess using the brake cleaner.
Step 6: Finish the Process
Get the masking tape and hold the coats of the adhesive in place for a while. It should take about 45 minutes for the adhesive to fully dry. Pull the tape and start spraying the silicone on the bottom portion of the weatherstrip. Also, spray some on the metal surface or the crevice.
Once everything is done, place the weather strip back into place. It should perform optimally after this.
If you know how to fix car weather stripping, you will not feel the need to worry or get a replacement strip when the old one breaks or stops working optimally. And we are hoping that the steps we stated were simple and easy to follow.