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Chevrolet Caprice Weatherstrip Seal

Proper and Cost-Effective Ways to Maintain Your Chevrolet Caprice Weatherstrip Seal

The weatherstrip seals in your Chevrolet Caprice have a varied lifespan—they can last as long as a decade but can also fail in as early as one year—and that depends on how well they are maintained. Like the rest of the components in your Chevrolet Caprice, the weatherstrip seals will wear out from age and external factors. And once they become too worn, they will no longer form an effective seal on your vehicle's doors, windows, and trunk lid, letting in wind, road noise, water, and other factors into the interior.

Proper care and regular maintenance can go a long way in beating wear from your vehicle's weatherstrip seals. Here are some simple yet highly effective maintenance tips for the Chevrolet Caprice weatherstrip seal.

  • Spray the seals with silicone lubricant to prevent them from drying.

Weatherstrip seals are made of rubber, so they tend to dry off over time. In hot, arid environments, in particular, weatherstrip seals can quickly dry up, making them brittle. To prevent this, spray a silicone-based lubricant or penetrating oil onto the seals. Such fluids can help retain the seals' suppleness and prevent them from cracking prematurely.

  • Don't attempt to pull a door or trunk lid with frozen seals.

Moisture from rain or snow can freeze on the seals during the winter months, and trying to dislodge them by force can tear the seals off from its mounting. To avoid damaging the seals, warm them up first with a hand dryer for several minutes until the frost melts off. Once the seals have been freed, spray them with silicone-based lubricant to repel moisture from the surface.

  • Repair any loose strips as soon as possible.

If any part of the seal has started to come off, it's possible that the hardware or the adhesive that holds it in place has come off. First, check the seal's mounting screws for any missing or loosened pieces and tighten or replace them as necessary. Next, clean up any adhesive residue on the channels with adhesive remover. You can also use brake cleaner for this if adhesive remover is not available, although the latter is not recommended due to its harsher chemical composition. Once the channels have been cleaned, reapply silicone adhesive in small beads at regular intervals. Mount the seals back in place and hold it in with packing tape for 45 minutes.

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  • How to Install Chevrolet Caprice Weatherstrip Seals for Beginners: 3 Tips to Follow

    Once the weatherstrip seal in your Chevrolet Caprice fails, wind, rain, and snow will start to infiltrate the vehicle's interior through the doors, trunk lid, and windows. This will result in a cold, soggy, noisy, and completely uncomfortable driving experience. Thankfully, replacing the Chevrolet Caprice weatherstrip seal is not that expensive and can be quite easy to do provided you have all the necessary tools on hand. If your Chevrolet's weatherstrip seals have started to go bad, the following are some important tips to consider when installing a replacement:

    Tip #1: Choose factory-replacement seals over generic.

    Weatherstrip seals sold in stores today are sold in two types: generic and factory-replacement. Generic seals tend to cost less and can be used in almost all vehicles, but they are not likely to conform to the contours of your vehicle's door frames and trunk lid compared to a factory-replacement seal. If you'll get generic or universal seals, it may not be as effective as the original in sealing the interior against wind, moisture, and other natural elements. So if you have enough budget, investing in a factory-replacement weatherstrip seal is the best choice.

    Tip #2: Use an adhesive remover spray to easily peel off the seals.

    Weatherstrip seals are held in place by very strong adhesive, and by pulling them off by hand can prove to be tiring and will most likely result in torn strips. To make it easier, spray the weatherstrip seals with adhesive remover and let it sit for several minutes. The remover should soften the seals enough to be pulled even with just minimal effort.

    Once the seals have been pulled out of the frame, make sure to clean the area first before applying a new layer of adhesive. Wipe the area free of dust and dirt with mild soap and water; for adhesive residue, you can use the same adhesive remover you've used to remove the seals. Wipe dry with a rag.

    Tip #3: Apply adhesive in small amounts.

    As a rule of thumb, apply only a thin bead of silicone adhesive directly on the channel on well-spaced intervals. Silicone adhesive used for weatherstrip seals is strong enough to hold the seal in place in small amounts, so spreading the adhesive generously is not necessary. What's more, putting a lot of adhesive on the channels is likely to result in spills, taking up more cleanup time in the process.