1989 dodge / plymouth colt, mitsubishi engine, chrysler (warranty).
water in the trunk (on the passenger side) and on the front passenger
(it is not antifreeze / oil / fuel etc.)
had bodywork on the passenger side (year 2000) so likely is due to seals
question: i have to bring it to the mechanic tomorrow (who diagnosed
this (over the phone) as a weather stripping problem) and i would be
most grateful in learning how complex fixing the problem (the weather
could this procedure be in the diy category?
thank you in advance!
Most likely cause of the leak in the trunk is the tail light assembly.
Remove the tail light, remove the putty type sealer that the factory used to
seal the light to the body. Reseal the light using silcone sealer and your
leak should be fixed.
For the leak in the front I would first check the A\C drain tube to see if
it is plugged up. If the A\C drain tube is not plugged check for a damaged
body seam from the bodywork job.
If it is the weather-stripping (the squidgy bits of rubber around the
doors etc.) then its very DIY
Autozone sels it for about $8 for 12ft, you just peel off the backing
took me about 3 minutes to redo the stripping around the pfront
passenger door on my 87 caravan
Quite literally, its just a length of rubber tube, with a flat section
covered in glue and backing paper. i trimmed all the bad bits off with
a stanley knife, and then wiped down the base piece with a paper towel
(to give a clean surface to stick to). Then just peel and stick, and
if it takes you more than an hour, i'd be surprised.
you got more faith in me than i do:)
for example, what is the base piece? also i imagine that there is only 1 size
(width) of self-stick rubber?
although looking at it today, it does seem doAble...
The stick-on stuff will NOT do the job adequately - it will be worse
than what you have. The factory stuff for a colt is not cheap, but can
be replaced in less than 1/2 hour per door - and is a DIY job if you
if it got worse than now, i should invest in a paddle, and a sail vs. the
material that you describe...
i bought a lot of sealant... and adhesive etc.
i imagine i should contact a colt dealer to get the factory weather-stripping.
RTV. I RTV my weather stripping rubber gaskets back on. As long as the
strips are still useable (not chewed to bits) I put RTV Silicone on the back
and just squish them into place. Works on rusted doors (especially where
the holes that hold the clips are totally toasted).
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