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Jeep Wrangler YJ Weatherstrip Seal

Maintenance Tips for Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Weatherstrip Seal

Most weatherstrip seals used in Jeep Wrangler (YJ) are made of neoprene rubber, which is pliable enough to form itself around various door edges but rigid enough to create an effective seal against air, liquids, and noise. However, neoprene rubber also tends to become dry and brittle over time. And while the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) weatherstrip seal is designed to be replaced after several years of use, you can extensively expand its service life through regular maintenance.

Cleaning the weatherstrip seals on the doors and windows of your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) is not that difficult and requires only an hour or so of your time. In this guide, we've listed down some key pointers on how you can take care of your Jeep's weatherstripping:

  • Wash the seals when they get dirty.

Mud and dirt not only look ugly on weatherstrip seals but also draw away moisture from them. Using warm soapy water and a sponge, clean the seals free of debris, followed by a thorough rinsing to get rid of any remaining surface residue.

  • Lubricate the seals.

While washing the weatherstrip seals can remove any harmful dirt, it does not effectively restore its pliability. In order to do that, you will have to lubricate the seals with silicone-based lubricant. Spray-on silicone lubricants are widely available in auto parts stores and are easy to use. Simply spray on the weatherstrip seals and let it soak for several minutes.

  • Avoid spilling any gasoline or petroleum-based products on the seals.

Like with asphalt, petroleum and petroleum-based products have an adverse reaction to neoprene rubber, causing it to break down. Because of this, try to keep gas, petroleum-based lubricants, or other related chemicals away from weatherstrip seals. And in the event that any of these chemicals get onto the weatherstrip seals, wash the seals immediately with soap and water.

  • Check for any signs of damage.

Some of the warning signs you should look out for include cracks, potholes, and brittleness/crumbling of the rubber itself. While superficial damage on the strips can usually be mitigated by regular cleaning and lubrication, seals with deep cracks or are seriously deteriorated are beyond repair and have to be replaced.

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  • Tips on Installing New Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Weatherstrip Seal

    Installing a new weatherstrip seal on your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) should literally put plug on the draft and rain coming through the doors of your Jeep Wrangler (YJ), but it will only do so if it is installed properly. Incorrectly installed weatherstripping will come loose prematurely, prevent the doors or windows from closing properly, or even fail to seal the interior, so it’s important that you follow the instructions to a T and double check every step of the way when installing Jeep Wrangler (YJ) weatherstrip seal. The following are some helpful tips you can use when installing weatherstrip seals for your Jeep Wrangler:

    Tip #1: Compare the old and new seals.

    Before you start ripping off those old seals in your Wrangler, make sure to compare the new pieces with the old one to make sure they are of the same size and have the same cross sections, holes, and joints.

    Tip #2: Make sure that the new weatherstrip seals are clean.

    Even though they look shinier and more vibrant than your old weatherstripping, the new seals have to be cleaned and sanded to remove any mold-release chemicals and bumps or rough spots left over by the molding process. Run the new seals under a running faucet and use fine-grain sandpaper to smooth over uneven spots.

    Tip #3: The old weatherstripping should be cleared off too.

    In the same manner, you make sure that the frame is clean before installing the new weatherstrip seals. Wash the frame free of dirt and mud, and if there is still residue left over from the old weatherstripping, use a weatherstrip remover to wipe the frame clean.

    Tip #4: Apply weatherstrip adhesive sparingly on the seals and on the surface of the frame.

    Apply only a thin bead of adhesive onto the strip and the channel as too much would leave a mess and make it harder to remove the weatherstrip seals once they wear out.

    Tip #5: Install the seal lightly at first.

    Doing so will allow you to make adjustments on the alignment of the seals to the frame. Once it is properly aligned, press seals firmly into place to maximize the contact of the adhesive between the weatherstripping and the frame. Replace any screws and allow the adhesive to dry out completely.