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.