If you start to notice a high pitched sound coming from your windshield when driving at high speeds, chances are, your windshield molding has already dried up and has begun to leak. You do not want to have a leak along the edges of your windshield, especially when it's raining. It's quite easy to replace windshield molding on your own, and you won't have a hard time choosing which type is best for your vehicle with our quick guide.
Windshield molding, or windshield weatherstripping, is made up of a long flexible strip of rubber that seals out water, air, and debris away from the edges of your windshield where it meets your car's body. There are two main types of molding that you could choose from ? universal or custom molding.
Universal windshield molding is the cheaper option of the two since it is made up of one long piece that you'll need to cut yourself in order to fit your car's windshield. You can basically fit this on any kind of vehicle, granted that you have enough of it to cover the entire perimeter of its windshield.
Custom windshield molding is a closed loop product that was already measured and sealed to fit perfectly on a particular vehicle make and model. You won't have to cut this type of molding, you'll only need to push it into place. The only drawback with this particular type of molding is that it would be a bit more expensive than the universal variety.
Buy what fits your budget
Windshield molding shouldn't cost you more than $50, whether it's a universal type or a model that was designed specifically for your vehicle. We recommend that you go for a custom design, to save you the trouble of cutting and measuring the molding yourself. But if you are confident that you could properly measure and install universal windshield molding, then do so, since you'll be able to save a little bit more compared to a custom model.
Also, we strongly advise you to only use molding that was specifically designed for windshields. Do not use any product or material that was made to seal your car's windows, as they might not provide a perfect seal on your windshield.