Ford Weatherstrip Seal: Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing It
Your Ford is able to weather the storm outside and have a dry and comfy cabin because of the doors' weatherstripping. The rubber seals keep water and air from getting through the cabin. This keeps the car interior, including the seats, carpet, trunk, and floorboard, from getting wet. Though weatherstrip seals can do their job well for years, there may come a time when they may also break and fail. When this happens, water may leak inside. Foul air from the outside may also get in. Here are ways to fix the busted Ford weatherstrip seal:
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- Weatherstripping replacement
- Adhesive remover
- Non-flammable spray brake cleaner
- Spray silicone
- Masking tape
- Weatherstrip adhesive
Checking the weatherstrip seal
Step 1: Find out which weatherstripping or seal has broken down. See where the wind noise is coming from as you drive. This is a good indication of the leak source.
Step 2: Check the seals around the door frame. The seals may have already cracked or may have developed a hole due to age or wear.
Step 3:Inspect the rubber. Even if the seals don't have cracks or holes, they may still be worn out. The rubber, over time, may have lost its firmness and pliability. You can confirm this by pinching the rubber to see if it will spring back or if it is squishy. If not, then the rubber is not a good seal anymore.
Step 4:Run water from a hose. If finding the source of leak is quite difficult, doing this will help you trace the leak.
Replacing the worn-out weatherstripping
Step 1:Undo any screw that's holding it in place and peel off the old weatherstripping. Be careful not to ruin the paint or scratch the surrounding trim as the rubber studs are snapped out of the holes where they're inserted. With the seal already gone, use adhesive remover to take off any old adhesive on the frame.
Step 2:Make sure the new weatherstripping fits into the holes and contours of the frame and that it's clean before you install it. To clean it, you may rinse it off. Just be sure to let it dry completely.
Step 3:Apply just the right amount of adhesive to the strip and to the frame's surface. Attach the new weatherstripping into the frame before the adhesive dries. See to it that the rubber studs or other fasteners are aligned with the holes. You have to put back any screw you removed. Check the ends of the weatherstripping and see if the whole thing are glued well.
Preventing weatherstripping damage
Step 1:Peel off the weatherstrip from the door to clean it along with the metal surface using a non-flammable spray brake cleaner. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2:Apply a bead of weatherstrip adhesive onto the weatherstrip and the door. You have to let it dry fill before applying another coat to both surfaces. After this, you can now press the strip into place. Use the brake cleaner to clean up any residue or mess.
Step 3:Use masking tape to hold the weatherstrip in place until the adhesive dries. This will take about 1 and ½ hours.
Step 4:Spray some silicone on the weatherstrip on the doors and trunk kind after you removed the tape. The silicone spray will keep them from freezing up during winter or the cold months and will prevent weatherstripping damage.