You can just add some urethane to secure the weather stripping. If the windshield is ever replaced, they'd simply remove the stripping anyways. Depending on the urethane, there may be different cure times, but it will do the trick. Alternatively, the weather stripping will not affect the seal of the windshield so even if you prefer to remove it, there won't be any issues.
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is the water leak allowing the water to wick up into the headliner or is the headliner getting wet without water coming past the weather stripping around the door?
If it is wicking then fix the weather stripping.
If the water is getting headliner wet with out passing the weather stripping then you have a leaking sun roof.
You can the door seal by sitting in the car while you have some spray water (garden hose) gentle at the frontal and upper door seal.
If not leak there inspect seal of sun roof and real seal with correct type of sealant.
If water is
getting in from the driver's or passenger's window near the soft top
weather-strip, shut the door after closing the window. When putting up
the hood, lower the windows while you secure the hood latches &
then raise the windows. These actions force the window to contact the
weather-strip a bit differently than when the window is closed while
the door is closed.
There are two
common places an MX5 will leak water into the interior - where the top
meets the windshield frame- and around the windows where they contact the
mouldings. Leaks at the windshield frame are usually caused by dirty
or damaged mouldings or the latches not being tight enough. Usually
you will notice the top will squeak and rattle if it isn't latched
Wetness in the
trunk/boot can be caused by a range of factors. 1. Dried out
weather-stripping around the trunk. 2. A cracked rain rail on the
convertible top. 3. Dried out weather-stripping around the tail
There are three
mouldings that fit around the window, and water can leak either
between them and the window, or between them and the top. Each of
these mouldings is attached to a metal 'track' that is secured to the
top frame with two screws. The window moulding that is closest
to the windshield header is held on by two screws, the others have
nothing holding them.
collect in the weather-strips due to small crack or splits along the
edge of the hood where it folds after a years of regular top-up
top-down use. The only real solution is a new hood.
Your trunk leak most likely is rubber seal that runs the perimeter of trunk when trunk lid is open. Leak on pass floor can be a combination of things. Heater core or if car has sunroof, there is drains that run down windshield posts. Carpet will be wet and sticky if heater core is leaking (not to mention coolant level low) If it's sunroof drain, car has to be put on a lift and drains blown out with compressed air.
If you have a wet seat then it is likely defective weather stripping around the window.
Try this. If the floor is dry, then it rains and the floor remains dry, only gets wet after a drive in the rain or on wet streets, you may have a hole somewhere.
Check for holes from missing rubber grommets or holes in the floorboard or firewall from rust. Check for any rust holes or missing rubber grommets under the car or on the firewall, anywhere water can splash up into the vehicle from driving in rain or running through puddles..
Check wet spots along the carpeting all the way up under the dash, if the wet spot is higher than the floor itself, you could be getting the water from splashing through puddles.
Any holes under the car or in the fenderwell even up on the firewall can cause this problem.
First check for any obvious signs of rust, if none are found then look for missing or defective rubber grommets.
Hi. This will be caused by deteriorating, or defective weather stripping. During driving, air is pushed through worn, or damaged weather stripping, thus, creating this whistling sound you are hearing in the passenger compartment. Water allows the small hole, or cracks, to emit the sound at a louder rate. This could be a manufacturing flaw(poor weather stripping installation, or defective composite). This is repairable, but you will need to locate the worn weather stripping. Once located, and exposed, you can order a replacement weather stripping kit from your dealer.
NOTE_ Most common location will be the front windshield weather stripping. the rear window, and side windows are to be checked, as well.
i was a water leak specialist for vw and mainly the leaks are from around the rubber at the windshield as well as follow down through the antenna the 2 fuses under the drivers dash are 45.00 each 20 years ago im sure three more than that now ...use a garden hose and start low and after a few minutes raise it little by little until leak is found as well as a 2nd person in the vehicle with a light to look for the leak you may caulk or of that nature using tape to ensure a nice straight line on the windshield and not make a mess sometimes it even comes from the fenders and so look carefully and raise the hose upwards going slowly allowing the water to penetrate the area in which it finds its way in
Having just repaired this problem in a 1998 Buick Regal, I can tell you that fixing the water leak is actually quite easy. It took me quite a while to track down the source of water, but I have discovered that it comes through the cabin air filter. There is a seal on the passenger side of the cowl (A two piece unit, black plastic, against the windshield) that seals it to the windshield to prevent water infiltration. It is very small and somewhat hard to miss. I took the cowl off to change the filter when I discovered this.
You can make a diverter to go over the air filter under the cowl, or even easier is to use some clear RTV silicone (avalible at any automotive and most hardware stores) and put a good bead on the old seal. When you re-install the plastic cowl, be carefull where it goes against the windshield to make sure you don't "smear" the silicone. After you re-install the plastic retainer hardware, smooth out the bead and clean up the excess silicone(a wet finger and some old cardboard works great). Let it dry and clean up the water in the passenger compartment.
Cleaning up the water is the hard part. Removing the plastic trim around the door (if you grasp the trip peices firmly they just pull up off some metal clips,but they can be quite stubborn) you will notice the carpet just pulls up. At the bottom front corner of the front doors the carpet has a plastic hook that is around one of the trim clips. Lift it off that and the rest of the carpet towards the firewall just pulls up. If it has been a long problem, your carpet may be moldy. Also, the carpet edges and some of the more hidden panel clips are very sharp and may cut you while you are poking around, so be carefull.
Since the water entered through the air filter and right over the fan, you will at minimum want to replace the filter. I had mold and moss growing on mine. My fan also squeels and chirps now, so I know it got wet. Not much to do about that but replace it or carefully lubricate the motor.
In your question you mentioned a door underneath the filter not closing. On my '98 Buick Regal there is no door or valve of any sort. The filter sits right above the fan blades. It is the cowel's job to prevent water from entering this part of the vehicle. I hope this helps you fix your problem.