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A Guide to Repairing Weather Stripping on Your Car


Weather stripping, often overlooked, plays a vital role in maintaining the comfort and functionality of a vehicle. Bob Lacivita, an experienced technician, emphasizes its importance, likening it to essential components like spare tires or sway bar links. However, weather stripping is susceptible to damage from freezing, UV rays, and normal wear and tear.

Recognizing signs of damage such as dry rot or water leakage near door frames is crucial. Repairing this can be a DIY task, but professional help might be necessary for more complex issues like glued-in stripping or intricate interior trim.

Replacing weather stripping involves several steps, including assessing damage, removing the old strip, cleaning the area, applying new adhesive, and installing the replacement. Proper maintenance is also essential to ensure longevity. Cleaning with car wash soap, applying silicone-based protectants, and thorough drying help keep the stripping flexible and functional.

Costs for replacement vary depending on the type of stripping needed, ranging from inexpensive generic options to vehicle-specific ones that may require professional installation and could be pricier.

In FAQs, Lacivita highlights the discomfort and inconvenience of driving without it, stressing its role in insulation and protection from the elements. Additionally, Patterson notes that with proper care, weather stripping can last the lifetime of the vehicle.

Understanding the type of weather stripping required involves identifying whether it’s vehicle-specific or generic, with options available from dealers or aftermarket suppliers.

Lacivita and Patterson, both seasoned experts in automotive maintenance, provide valuable insights and tips for maintaining and replacing it, ensuring a comfortable and safe driving experience.
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