Replacing Your Worn-Out Window Seals
The black rubber seals that surround your vehicle's windows play a very important role in keeping your cabin comfortable. If your window seals are worn out, they won't be able to fulfill their job of protecting the interior of your vehicle from bad weather and harsh winds. Replacing damaged window seals is a very inexpensive auto repair job that even rookie DIYers can tackle in just a few hours.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
For window seals that are glued to the window frame, soak the rubber seal with adhesive remover for a few minutes. Afterwards, pry off the window seal using your pliers. You can cut them off one segment a time for easier removal. If the window seal is held on by plastic clips or screws as well, remove them too.Cleaning the window frame
Scrub the old adhesive off the window frame. Make sure that you get all the adhesive off to ensure that the new window seals will fit perfectly.Fitting the new window seal
Test the new window seal first to check for the correct fit and alignment. Start fitting your window seal on one corner and work your way around the window frame. Once you have lined up the window seal, put a small amount of adhesive or sealant to permanently attach the window seals to the frame.Finishing the installation
Reinstall any screws or plastic clips that secured the old window seal to the window frame. Check for any gaps and close them up with some sealant if necessary.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that you let your newly installed window seals dry completely before rolling your windows up and down. If you open or close the windows without letting the window seals dry fully, the rubber seals might fall off.
- It is advisable to do this procedure in a warm environment. Replacing your window seals in cold temperature might cause the rubber seals to contract, resulting to a more difficult installation.