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Jeep Wrangler Weatherstrip

Three Common Issues of a Malfunctioning Jeep Wrangler Weatherstrip

The weatherstrip of your Jeep Wrangler is very useful because it can prevent rain and water from entering your car's interior. Aside from that, it keeps the air from the air-conditioner flowing inside the cabin. Because of constant use and the changing weather, the weatherstrip will eventually break or wear down. Read on to know some of the common problems you might encounter with a malfunctioning Jeep Wrangler weatherstrip.

Water dripping inside the car

When water begins to drip inside your car every time it rains, the suspect to this problem is a broken Jeep Wrangler weatherstrip. The first thing you have to do is to locate where the drops are coming from. Water can flow anywhere around the car and although this might not be where the crack on the weatherstrip is, it's actually a good place to start tracing the source of the leak. Aside from that, you should also inspect the seals around the door frame and the perimeter of the door itself.

Weatherstrip peeling off

A weatherstrip that's dangling or peeling off can be a tricky problem because if you fail to notice it at an early stage, it can run continuously until it's totally detached from your car. When this happens, you'll notice a whistling noise that's entering you car. To solve this problem, you can apply weatherstripping adhesive under the loose portions or a silicone sealer around the leaking areas. However, if the weatherstrip peels off again, then it's time that you install a new one.

Car door failing to close properly

This problem happens mostly on newly installed weatherstrips. The first thing you have to check is the thickness of the weatherstrip you've used. Another thing you should take a look at is the alignment of the door after you've reinstalled it on your car. You can force the door to shut, and let the weatherstrip sit in for a couple of days under the sun or a warm area until the weatherstrip shapes around the door. However, if the problem still prevails, then you could cut out the problematic areas of the weatherstrip and readjust its position around the door.

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  • Jeep Wrangler Weatherstrip: Keep Your Car Protected with These Tips 27 February 2013

    The weatherstrip of your Jeep Wrangler is a part that's barely noticeable, but very useful especially on rainy days because it prevents rain from seeping inside your vehicle. Through time, it will eventually show signs of wearing down like breaking or cracking. To prevent symptoms like this from happening prematurely, here are some simple tips you can do to keep your weatherstrip in good condition.


    Wash the weatherstrip of your vehicle periodically.


    Just like the tires and body of your vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler weatherstrip needs to be washed regularly. An effective way of removing dirt and grime from its surface is by using a mild soap and a soft sponge. You have to scrub the weatherstrip gently to avoid damage or tear. Make sure that you rinse it with water and wipe it with a clean towel. Let the weatherstrip dry thoroughly to prevent soap or water marks on its surface.


    Condition and protect the weatherstrip.


    Aside from keeping the weatherstrip of you vehicle clean, you have to protect it by wiping silicone spray and a clean towel on its surface. You can cover the entire the weatherstrip with generous amounts of silicone; however, you should allow the silicone to be absorbed first before you repeat the process. You should apply silicone on the weatherstrip each time you wash it to prevent early deterioration.


    Apply adhesive on loose portions of the weatherstrip.


    When some portions of the weatherstrip begin to loosen, you can use a good type of adhesive or silicone sealant to stick them back into place. But before you do that, you have to remove the old adhesive on the car's surface. There are weatherstripping kits available complete with tools and solvents that will help you do the job faster. Alternatively, you can also use an old toothbrush and a can of solvent to scrub the old adhesive off the surface.


    Check the condition of the weatherstrip regularly.


    The best way to keep your Jeep Wrangler weatherstrip in good condition is by checking it regularly. This will help you determine if the weatherstrip will still be good for another year or it needs a replacement soon. You can simply do this by squeezing it between your fingers. If it doesn't squish or spring back into form, then the rubber material has lost its pliability and sooner or later will fail to seal effectively.