Vehicle Weather Strips and What They Do
Your vehicle’s main purpose is to get you from point A to point B. It’s easy to take advantage of the shelter it provides while you’re driving. Your car protects you from elements like rain, snow, or wind, and keeps you warm in chilly fall weather. This is partially thanks to your weather strips! When you open your car doors, you’ll notice a black rubber seal lining any gaps or seams that would otherwise allow water to leak inside your vehicle. There are a few different types of weather strips, including:
Window Sweeps: These are the weather strips you notice along the top and bottom of your vehicle’s windows. They seal out rain and wind and assist your windows in opening and closing smoothly.
- Door Seals: These strips you’ll see when you open your doors. They seal the body of your car to the doorframe and ensure your doors stay securely shut while you’re driving.
- Windshield Seals: This is the strip you will see along the perimeter of your front and back windshields. These weather strips seal out the elements and keep your windshields securely connected to your vehicle.
- Roofrail Seals: These seals connect the top of your window frame to the roof of your vehicle, and block wind and rain from entering your car.
- Trunk Seal: This weather strip keeps your trunk securely shut while driving and keeps water from leaking into your trunk.
- Windshield Pillar Seals: You will notice these seals along the doorframe at your car’s pillars. They connect your front and back windshields to the body of your car.
All of these vehicle weather strips are important to keeping the elements sealed out of your car, and ensuring that important vehicle components stay secure while driving. Since weather strips are exposed to wind, rain, and temperature fluctuations, they can become worn out and stop serving their intended purpose. This makes Fall Car Care with Graff Chevrolet Okemos the perfect time to inspect your weather strips, as the changing weather could cause wear on these parts.
Vehicle Weather Strip Replacement for Fall Car Care
Michigan weather is always changing. Fall is no exception. The weather can often become cold and wet. Your vehicle weather strips will be put to the test when they are exposed to the rapidly fluctuating weather conditions. Vehicle Weather strip replacement is a crucial part of Fall Car Care at Graff Chevy Okemos! Just like any part of your car, weather strips become worn over time. Check for these signs of damage to learn if it’s time to replace or repair your vehicle’s weather strips:
- Wet spots inside your vehicle
- Wind noise while driving
- You feel outside air while the doors and windows are shut
- Visible cracks and tears
Test your vehicle’s weather strips by hand to see if they may need to be replaced. You can do this by running your fingers along the seals in your car. Push down along the strips to check for elasticity. If the strip returns to its original position after you press it, your weather strip is in good shape. If it does not return to its original position or it feels dry and cracked, it’s time to replace your weather strips to ensure the inside of your vehicle remains protected from the outside elements.
Bring your vehicle to our Graff Chevrolet Okemos Service Center to have your weather strips repaired or replaced during your Fall Car Care preparations and we’ll help you keep the interior of your vehicle protected from the elements! If you’d like, we would be happy to do a full inspection of your weather strips to make sure you didn’t miss anything!
Schedule Your Vehicle Weather Strip Replacement for Fall Car Care at Graff Chevrolet Okemos
At Graff Chevrolet Okemos, it’s our goal to keep you safe and comfortable all year long! Let us help you with all of your Fall Car Care preparations, including weather strip replacement. Prepare your vehicle for the changing conditions of fall with our ASE Certified technicians. They will handle your car with care and leave you feeling confident that your vehicle is in good shape. Our service professionals are prepared to handle anything you need to get your car ready for the cooler weather of fall. We aim to provide a transparent and thorough service. To make your experience even more convenient, you can schedule your service appointment online! Graff Chevrolet Okemos is located at 1748 West Grand River Ave in Okemos, MI 48864. We are pleased to provide service to Okemos, as well as the surrounding communities of East Lansing, Haslett, Williamston, Mason, and Holt. Stop by the dealership today or call (517) 349-8300.