Problems You May Encounter with the Chevrolet Corvette Windshield Molding
What keeps your windshield in place is a strip of glue all around it. Without the Chevrolet Corvette windshield molding, your cool sports car will look like it is ready to retire. If you want the front of your vehicle to be pleasing to the eye, you need to know what to do with the windshield molding should it start to come off. Below are some common cases of faulty windshield molding and how to fix them:
Windshield molding vibrates
When you drive at a high speed and you hear a crackling noise, this could be because of the upper windshield molding being loose. On your next stopover, immediately check it out and see if it has come off of its adhesive. To fix this, simply apply a silicone sealer in the back filling of the windshield molding.
You can also try a double-sided windshield molding tape. Before you attach the windshield molding, clean it up first and get rid of the old adhesive. Then, attach the tape to the windshield following the scratch line. Work the molding over the tape and apply pressure. You don't have to wait for it to dry.
Windshield molding shrinks
A pretty common problem with the windshield molding, the shrinking issue has gotten many owners to replace this component several times to no avail. While the root cause has yet to be identified, the solution to this one is very simple. If this would happen to your component, the trick here is to use a different kind of glue. When installing the new stock, use a rubber-friendly adhesive to set the windshield molding in place.
Windshield molding hangs off
If one day you were driving and you see part of the windshield molding hanging off to the side or the front, then you might have used the wrong kind of adhesive on it. Just like with the first case, you should either use a silicone sealer or a double-sided molding tape to stick the component in place. Sometimes, you might have to cut out the windshield to clean it up, take out the adhesive, and reinstall a new windshield molding.
Tips on Keeping Your Chevrolet Corvette Windshield Molding in Place
The Chevrolet Corvette windshield molding is the rubber trim around your windshield that keeps it in place. This component also helps keep the air and water from seeping into your car through the windshield. With this, you can easily regulate the temperature inside your vehicle-keeping you warm in the winter and cold in the summer. In order to keep it this way, you have to take care of the windshield molding. If you don't know where to start, here are some tips:
Run your hands over the windshield molding to make sure that it is properly installed. Check if it has properly sealed the windshield to the frame of your car.
Sit in the driver's seat and inspect the perimeter of the windshield from the inside. Check if there are any gaps and to make sure that the molding is not coming loose.
The molding comes in one big piece that will fit around the entire windshield. If you see that one corner has separated, then you have to glue it back. This will also help prevent water from getting inside your windshield.
When sticking the windshield molding in place, do not hammer it as this could damage your car or make a crack on your windshield. Apply firm pressure with your hands instead.
To better check if your windshield molding is loose, have a friend spray the windshield with a hose. While he is doing that, your job is to look for water dripping on the car floor and the dashboard. Trace the water back to its source and mark it with a tape. Then, carefully remove the molding on that part and clean off any adhesive left on the windshield. Fill in the leaky area with caulk and then reinstall the molding with a silicone sealer or a double-sided molding tape.
If you are looking for caulk to seal the windshield and the molding with, avoid the tub, tile, and bathroom varieties. These types do not adhere properly to glass and metal, and they can damage your car's paint. Instead, buy a package of clear, 100 percent-silicone caulk.
To clean the windshield molding, wipe it down with mineral spirits and a clean rag. This will help remove any traces of oxidation.