Buick Lesabre Weatherstrip
Troubleshooting the Weatherstrips on Your Buick LeSabre
You've probably taken it for granted that you can drive your Buick LeSabre in all kinds of weather. After all, you can stay comfortably dry inside your cabin whether you're driving on a sunny winter's day or during a refreshing spring shower. This is thanks to a set of seals that go around various parts of your car called weatherstrips. You can easily see these rubber-skinned strips along the inside of your doors where they also serve to make the car interior less noisy thanks to their soft sponge interior. Despite these important functions, your Buick LeSabre weatherstrips are not immune to problems. Here are a few ways in which you can find out what's wrong with them:
Hearing high-pitched whining inside your LeSabre
Weatherstrips can't last throughout the entire lifetime of your vehicle. Even if you didn't buy a used LeSabre, you might start hearing an annoying high-pitched sound inside your cabin whenever you drive. The sound is caused by wind that goes past your door seals. If you let it get worse, the wind will eventually get into the car and moisture will follow. But you'll be glad to know that if this leak is minor enough, you can plug it with an adhesive or a sealant.
Seeing cracks on the weatherstrip
If you notice that the weatherstrips around your doors, windows, and trunk are looking worse for the wear then you'll need to start looking for suitable replacements. Old, dried, and cracked weatherstrips have come to the end of their lifetime thanks to their constant exposure to the elements. The longer they stay on your LeSabre, the more likely it is to have your car and belongings affected by rust or mildew caused by moisture. You can do the job yourself or you could ask a body shop to install the new strips for you, especially if you've got one of the older LeSabre models. The good news is that many experts consider aftermarket replacements much better than the original equipment.
Closing doors and having them spring back
Sometimes, after you install new weatherstrips onto your LeSabre's doors, you might find that your doors can bounce afterwards, causing them to latch improperly. This is because the new seals are more vibrant than the old ones. You don't need to fret if this happens, just move the catch on the doorjamb further out so that the latch can catch once again.