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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.

  • Symptoms of a Faulty Dodge Dakota Weatherstrip Seal And What To Do With Them

    Your pickup's weatherstripping allows you to drive through the nastiest weather without worrying about the rain getting inside your vehicle. However, your Dodge Dakota weatherstrip seal may get worn out over time, and lead to bigger problems such as puddles of rain accumulating in your carpet. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of a weatherstripping that needs replacement:

    You can hear noise from the windows.

    Hearing wind noise while driving with windows closed is a hint that there is something wrong with your weatherstrip seal. You need to inspect the seal to see if it has cracked with age. Take it out and squeeze it between your fingers. If the rubber trim doesn't squish or spring back, then it can no longer make a proper seal.

    What you have to do next is to remove the strippings and use it as reference when buying a new one. You can get either a factory replacement or a generic weatherstrip seal. It's best to purchase one that is exactly compatible with your current weatherstripping.

    The floor carpet gets wet when it rains.

    If you drive on a rainy day and notice that your flooring is accumulating water, then you should have your weatherstrip seals checked. This is an indication that your vehicle's weatherstripping is either busted or punctured. One quick way to check your weatherstripping is to take it out and assess it. Be careful when pricking the rubber trims out as these may break with too much pressure. To pinpoint the hole in the stripping, run water from a garden hose and observe where the leak comes from.

    When these problems occur, an immediate weatherstrip seal replacement is necessary. Some car owners would prefer to replace only the damaged part of the stripping. However, the best practice when it comes to strippings is to replace the entire weatherstrip seal altogether. This is because you cannot be 100% sure that the other undamaged parts of the rubber trims will not deteriorate anytime soon. It also serves as preventive maintenance so you won't have to worry about leaks in the near future.