Dodge Dakota Weatherstrip Seal
Tips and Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Dodge Dakota Weatherstrip Seal
Built to serve you for the long term, the Dodge Dakota weatherstrip seal shields your vehicle's interior from harsh weather conditions. However, the strippings can only last for a certain period of time due to various environmental factors and unwanted contamintants. That is why you need to take care of the weatherstrippings through these simple tips and tricks:
- Clean your vehicle's weatherstrip seals regularly.
Make it a habit to consistently include the weatherstrip seals in your regular car cleaning schedule. All you need is a clean sponge and soapy water to remove all dirt and contaminants accumulated in the strippings. Gently wipe off dirt and dust, and use an aftermarket cleaner to remove molds.
- Preserve weatherstrip seals with protectants.
Apply high-quality aftermarket protectant on the rubber seals. Repeated application, over time, strengthens the strippings, restores their water repellency, and increases the strips' stain resistance. It's also a good way to prevent formation of mold and mildew. You can also use alternatives such as silicone grease. It's easy to find it in aftermarket stores, and it looks like clear, dielectric grease tube. Wiping some silicone grease on your weatherstrip seals once a year extends the strips' lifespan and gives them a fresh look and feel.
- Renew your door seals as soon as you notice problems.
Prevention is always better than cure. The earlier you detect issues on your weatherstripping, the easier it is to fix. Always be on the lookout for cracks or punctures on the seals, and see if the stripping should be fixed or better yet replaced. Although spot-fixing seems to be an easier task, you can never be 100% sure that the other parts of the stripping will not wear out anytime soon. So it's best that you replace the entire weatherstrip seal altogether.
- Never use oil-based products when cleaning the weatherstripping.
Read the labels on the cleaners that you will be using for your vehicle's weatherstrip seals. Be sure that the product you will apply on the stripping is not petroleum-based. This is because oil-based cleaners and protectants contain chemicals that make the soft rubber deteriorate early.