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Ford Explorer Weatherstrip

Indications of a Defective Ford Explorer Weatherstrip

The Ford Explorer's weatherstrips may not be as prominent as other larger parts, but if neglected, the interior of the vehicle may become riddled with damage. In fact, mold build up, water and air leaks, and pest infestation, are some of the common problems encountered when these strips go defective. If the strips are not that durable and reliable, better perform some troubleshooting. Here are a few things to watch out for:

Water and air leaks

A common problem that manifests with flawed weatherstripping is an air or water leak. This can be easily diagnosed if the leaks are caused by the faulty strips or by a problematic window by raising the window glass and checking if the part touches the weatherstrip. If it does, then the strips are at fault. Sagging or bulging will usually be noticeable in the strips-a clear sign that water and moisture are present in the vehicle's interior. Additionally, without fully functional strips, it may be excessively noisy inside the vehicle. It's because these parts are also built to block external noise coming from traffic or from wind whistling.

Presence of fungi

Faulty strips may also result to the presence of fungi. If poor weatherstripping is not diagnosed early, air and moisture will enter the vehicle without any difficulty. And in the long run, the vehicle's interior will become out of shape. This will eventually turn the interior of the car into a host or nest for the molds. If this is the case, the weatherstrips may have to be replaced as well as other parts like floor mats and rags. Luckily, these molds are easy to detect because of their musty smell.

Jammed trunk or door

Another indication of a faulty weatherstripping is a jammed trunk or door. This is a common occurrence among drivers who have recently replaced the strips on their cars. If the newly equipped strips were not measured with precision, there is a tendency for the doors or trunk to not latch or lock in place. Weatherstrip replacement can get a bit tricky, so when in doubt, it is best to get an automotive expert to install a new one.

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  • Easy Ways to Keep Your Ford Explorer Weatherstrip in Good Shape 27 February 2013

    The weatherstips on your Ford Explorer help keep the car's interior in good shape by preventing air and moisture to settle in. Keeping these parts fully functional is important to keep molds from developing inside the auto. So if you are looking for a guide to help you out in basic Ford Explorer weatherstrip maintenance, then today is your lucky day. Here are some tips and tricks you might want to perform in order to keep the parts in good shape:


    Regularly inspect the strips for signs of cracks and damage.


    To extend the strips' service life, you should find time to inspect the parts on a yearly basis. It should not be that troublesome since you may only need to check once or twice a year. To inspect for damaged strips, simply look for signs of cracks or pin holes. These defects are difficult to address, so you might need to replace the part if they are found.


    Clean the strips with soapy water.


    If the strips are left unmaintained for a long time, you may likely find dirt and grime on the parts' surface. Fortunately, with the help of a sponge and warm soapy water, these dirt particles are easily removed. Just make sure you rinse the parts afterwards to avoid any residue.


    Apply Silicone-based spray for luster.


    If you want the parts to show a little sparkle, you should apply a silicone-based spray on the components. Take note that before you wipe off the spray; allow it to settle for around two to three minutes for best results.


    Know how to clean the old strips' residue.


    Over time, you car's weatherstripping may exhibit several sorts of damage, which may require you to find a replacement. If you are planning to install a new one on your vehicle, it is best to know how to remove and clean the stock strip first. Luckily, you may only have to use pliers to pull off the piece. Once this is performed, you might notice a few adhesives or excess strips left behind. It's a good thing though that you can easily remove these scraps with the use of a flat putty knife or screwdriver.