Replacing your Window Channel Felt the Easy Way
Keeping your vehicle's interiors always in good condition may require a lot of work, but one of the basics is to ensure that your windows are free from leaks. One of the most important things to check is the window channel felt. This part keeps rain and dirt from entering your vehicle by securing the windows are sealed shut. However, due to age and mileage, your window channel felt might succumb to premature wear. When the felt wears out, it can get saggy and cause external factors to get in your vehicle. Don't fret because it is easy to install a replacement window channel felt. You can actually do it at home using just the basic tools.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Screwdriver set
- Silicone spray
- Replacement window channel felt
Step 1: Inspect all your windows and check which windows you need to replace the felt. Check if you also need to replace your entire window assembly. Once you were able to identify them, just leave the door panel in place, and roll the window down.
Step 2: Pull out the old window channel felt carefully to keep it from getting stuck. Make sure to remove the entire thing to ensure proper fit of your new window channel felt. Dispose the old ones. You may also clean the area first using a clean cloth and acetone.
Step 3: Install the upper horizontal piece of the window channel felt into the window frame. Tuck in the corners well to make sure that it will not fall off. Start the felt into the top two inches of the front and rear vertical frame.
Step 4: Wet the dangling ends of the window channel felt with a silicone spray. Do this to each of the felt, and finish each one before spraying the other. Spray some into the door, but not on the upper exposed part.
Step 5: Feed the channel down into the frame. Raise the window glass by 3 inches. Use a screwdriver to push the channel with the shaft on the glass.
Step 6: Lower the glass as you help secure the window channel felt down in the process. Repeat as necessary.
Step 7: Do the same procedure to your other window frames that have worn-out channel felts.
Step 8: Once replaced, try pushing the up and down buttons of the window to check if the felts are properly installed. If the glass gets stuck, you might need to tighten the felt a bit more. Push the felts using a clean cloth to avoid damaging them.
There's also another way to install your window channel felt, which requires you to remove the door panel. This is the easier option. You can do this fix in a little over an hour. Once you've replaced your window channel felt, you will notice that your windows are operated easily, and your vehicle is generally quiet when driving in normal freeway speeds. You will also get rid of the sticky door locks.