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.