Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Postby Vanjoe [OP] » May 7th 2014, 5:56pm

I need to replace this part yesterday but I can't figure out how to do it! The weatherstrip sits inside of the channel that is item #2 in the link below. Has anyone been thru this? Mine are split and falling apart and I am tinting windows and pulled it off and pulled one at a JY. It seems it needs to just slide down in, on the rear side of the door first and also slip over the glass.
I can't be the first person to do this. Any tricks?



#2 in this image - body hardware, front door, glass & hardware, weatherstrip Left

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Re: Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Postby gavio » May 7th 2014, 6:28pm

I haven't done it on an Astro, but been through it plenty of times....

Start by lubing the outside of the molding and the inside of the channel - I use a little cooking oil

With the window down, slide the molding down in the track as far as you can

insert the molding into the track further up the channel (above the top edge of the window)

Roll the window up about halfway while holding the molding so it doesn't come up with it

Then roll the window down while pushing the molding down simultaneously

The window will help you by grabbing the fuzzy inner part of the molding

But it probably won't go down all the way, soooo.....

Repeat until you are bugeyed

It helps if your tongue is held on the left side of your mouth

Now you're done
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Re: Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Postby Vanjoe [OP] » May 7th 2014, 6:31pm

Nice! Use the power window to help. I never would have thought to do that. For lube, I figured soapy water. THANK YOU!
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Re: Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Postby gavio » May 7th 2014, 6:40pm

Good luck
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Re: Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Postby smokinjoe » May 7th 2014, 7:22pm

Soapy water or windex works. When I did mine I couldnt believe how quiet the ride got.

No dis-assembly of the door is needed.
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Re: Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Postby Vanjoe [OP] » May 10th 2014, 8:10pm

The idea of using the window helped! I raised the window up from bottom and that helped get the weatherstrip started. And installing it from the outside helped with the curve of the channel. LOTS of soapy water and it went in easy. Just used a rubber mallet to seat the corners.
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Re: Replacing Door Window Channel WEATHERSTRIP

Postby gavio » May 10th 2014, 9:20pm

Nice! Glad to hear it worked out....
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