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Old 01-13-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Attention weatherstripping on windows and trunk

If anyone can tell me how I can get Sparky (my faithful 95 SL2) to stop leaking from her windows and trunk when it rains, I'd really appreciate it.
I've used plastic bags to try to keep the water out of the windows by rolling the bags in the windows, no success.
I have a black trash bag lining the trunk under the back window to try to keep water out. Same thing, no success.
So I had to resort to buying a painter's plastic drop cloth and covering her from the windshield to the trunk and guess what? No water leakage!
I don't know if it's the rubber stripping that needs to be replaced, after all, she's 15 years old and has always been exposed to the elements here in So Cal, so maybe the stupid sun finally warped the rubber.
What's really frustrating is that there are no places to get parts for her because again, guess what? She's too old!
Should I do this repair before getting her repainted? Her paint's peeling on all the body panels except for her rear fenders, trunk lid and rear bumper. Again, it makes me wonder if it's the unpredictable weather in So Cal that might've caused the paint to peel.
Any help, suggestions or ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-13-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: weatherstripping on windows and trunk

on the windows, the problem is often the seal between the trim and the car. i'll see if i can snap some pictures tomorrow or friday, but i posted my fix on this before. it's quite easy.

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...ighlight=leaky

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Old 01-13-2010, 09:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: weatherstripping on windows and trunk

this prob won't work for you (since your talking about painting it) but its a thought, Yeah its a little bit redneck but just take some silocone cauk and cauk that sucker

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Old 01-13-2010, 09:27 PM   #4
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this prob won't work for you (since your talking about painting it) but its a thought, Yeah its a little bit redneck but just take some silocone cauk and cauk that sucker
not redneck at all. that's what was in the driprail out of the factory, basically. if you do it right, you can't even tell (now, i'll DEFINITELY snap some pics tomorrow)


(p.s. "cauLk")

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Old 01-13-2010, 09:56 PM   #5
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Default Re: weatherstripping on windows and trunk

You may have multiple leaks, including a leaking cowl vent.

Is the passenger side floor particularly wet???

Open up the hood and you should see a screened foam vent on the passenger side above the firewall. It's positioned horizontally.

The contact adhesive that holds the layered foam sandwich in place might have dried out. Try regluing it with silicone or something more permanent than the GM solution.

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Old 01-14-2010, 04:39 PM   #6
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as promised, a picture (Sorry about the rain and quality of the picture...)





as you can see, the car looks no different than before i did it.

to do this, first i cleaned the gap with a plastic bristle brush. Then i ran a line of green painter's tape ("hard to stick surfaces") along the edge of the gap, about 1/8-1/4 inch away from where the drip rail meets the car. then i ran a (very generous) bead of black silicone caulking along the gap. then i used my finger to smooth it out and force the caulking into the gap.

the first time through, i didn't go far enough forward with the caulking, so i had to touch it up later. i ended up caulking maybe 2 inches forward of where the drip rail curves.

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Old 01-14-2010, 10:19 PM   #7
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Attention Re: weatherstripping on windows and trunk

Actually, the water comes through the top of the windows. All of the doors except the front passenger window. I've tried caulking the top where the rubber meets the roof line, and that doesn't work.
I noticed the trunk leaking really bad when I ran her through one of those automated car washes. The carpeting smelled like spoiled milk. (Yuk).
I did find some weatherstripping on JCWhitney.com and hopefully that'll work.
One question? Does anyone know approximately how many feet the doors and the trunk lid would require?
And since Smoke's no longer with me, except in 2 pics here in the "accident" section, I'll try to get some pics of my new baby, 'Swoop'. (Not exactly my first choice for a name, but we bought her from Saturn of Whittier (CA), the day before the Eagles playoff game last year, and she's also green. Another irony is that all my Saturn's have names that start with the letter "S". Must BE a Saturn thing.

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Old 01-16-2010, 05:46 AM   #8
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Default Re: weatherstripping on windows and trunk

I guess S-series should start with an 's'.

Is it too late to use armor all or silicone lubricant on all the seals to make sure they're not dry and brittle. You've probably done this already, but go over them inch by and and press down to make sure they're locked in.


Lucky for you though, being in SoCal. On average, how many rainy days do you get a year. nvm I dont even know how many we get so I cant really compare. Every time I turn on the weather channel all the green(weather) seems to just skim over top of socal, EVERY time. Its like a geographical oddity, anyone, anyone get the reference?

But a few weeks ago I was looking up records for LA and the record low was 28 degrees in 1949.

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"well, isn't this place a god-dang geographical oddity - two weeks from everywhere!"

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