Ford F-350 Weatherstrip Seal
How to Maintain the Ford F-350 Weatherstrip Seal: Essential Steps to Follow
The weatherstrip seals are what make the interior of your Ford F-350 quiet and comfortable, which are more than good reasons why they should be maintained. While factory weatherstripping is made of high-quality synthetic rubber, they can still succumb to age and wear. But with proper care and maintenance, you can keep your Ford F-350 weatherstrip seal in good condition for quite a long time. Here are some maintenance tips that can help you out:
- Take note of any loose ends.
Weatherstrip seals are affixed at the assembly plant with heavy-duty adhesive, but this can weaken over time especially if the adhesive has been penetrated by moisture and debris. Eventually, this will cause the weatherstripping to come loose. Loosened weatherstripping can be repaired by re-applying adhesive onto the back of the strip. Make sure to apply only small amounts at evenly spaced locations across the strip and press firmly to ensure good contact with the adhesive. We also recommend holding the weatherstripping with masking tape for around 45 minutes to ensure the adhesive bonds well with both surfaces.
- Check for and replace any missing or damaged screws
Aside from adhesive, weatherstripping is also secured by a series of metal screws. These screws do not usually come off on their own, but accidental rips or damage to the weatherstrip seals can pry the screws off their mounting. Corrosion is also a problem. So when inspecting the weatherstripping, make sure all the screws are present and are in good condition.
- Keep the strips lubricated with silicone-based oil.
There are many benefits of regularly spraying the weatherstripping with silicone lubricant. First, it keeps the rubber from becoming brittle and cracked due to drying out over time. The oil can also prevent the strips from sticking in the door frame particularly during the winter months. Most silicone-based lubricants available in stores today come in a spray can, so application is as simple as spraying the entire length of the weatherstripping and wiping off the excess with a clean cloth.
Most mechanics recommend spraying the strips with lubricant at least once every year, particularly before the winter season. But if you notice that the seals are already drying out, don't hesitate to treat it as soon as you can.