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.