How to Fix a Loose Car Window Seal
A car window seal helps to keep rain and unpleasant odors out of your vehicle. If you have a slightly worn out window seal or if the seal is loose in certain places, moisture, dust and dirt could enter the vehicle. If this happens, the panels of the car will get corroded over a period of time and you will end up paying a high price to get the vehicle fixed. It's best to carry out preventive auto maintenance tasks and fix problems as soon as they occur. To fix a loose car window seal, follow the guidelines given below.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Plastic covers
- Seal kit
- Soft, clean cloth
- A tool kit
- Stainless steel brush
- Silicone sealant
Step 1. Cover the Seats
After you've gather all the necessary tools, cover the seats of the vehicle and the floor mats with plastic or vinyl covers.
Step 2. Clean the Weather Stripping
Soak the clean cloth in a small amount of alcohol and start cleaning the weather stripping along the window. Although you have to get rid of caulk residue that's present around the weather stripping, overuse of alcohol will dissolve good caulk that's present. You need to therefore exert caution when cleaning the window channel. It's best to use alcohol instead of commercially available automotive cleaners, because the latter are harsh on painted surfaces. As you clean the window channel look for places where the window seal is loose, damaged or broken.
Step 3. Clean the Window Channel
With the help of a stainless steel brush and some alcohol, clean the entire window channel and get rid of dust, dirt and any other particles that are lodged. Use another clean cloth to wipe the surfaces you've just worked on.
Step 4. Apply Silicone Sealant
Take a small amount of the silicone sealant and apply it on the underside of the window seal that's loose. Push the window seal in place and firmly press it down.
Step 5. When Replacement Is Necessary
If the weather stripping is severely worn out, it's best to get it completely replaced. However, if only small sections of the weather stripping require replacement, purchase the right weather stripping that's suited to your vehicle make and model. Follow the same procedure to clean the window channel before replacing the weather stripping. If the new weather stripping package comes with any instructions, read and follow these to complete the job without any difficulty.
If you have the right tools and equipment you can successfully complete minor repairs on your own and you won't have to pay a professional mechanic to do the job for you. It's important to service the vehicle periodically and maintain a car maintenance log to keep it in optimal working condition.