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please help! question about door window seals..... (archive)

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Posted by KC ///M3 on April 28, 2000 at 11:11:55:

Ok, this is not the most technical description but you know that black rubber seal at the base of the door windows? It runs the length of the window base. There's one on the inside and outside, apparently to keep water out. Well, the inside rubber seal of both doors looks really wavy, and I can see that it came out of its metal groove. The rubber looks just fine, all I can think of is that when the car got its windows tinted (before I bought it) somehow that rubber seal came out ... which is why only the inside ones are screwed up. Maybe the adhesive just dried up. Well, I guess it doesn't pose a serious problem since it doesn't usually rain inside the car, but I have a mind to take the door panels off and fix those seals. I tried just pushing them back in as best I could, but they wouldn't stay put.

So: how hard is it really to take the door panels off? I have the Bentley manual and have already been forewarned about breaking those damn plastic fasteners. Manual also says something about replacing the vapor barrier ... do I have to do this? How much $$$?

Second (and I know this is a shot in the dark but hopefully somebody knows): how do those seals go back into the metal groove? I mean, do I need some sort of adhesive to keep them in place? I want to make sure I don't use superglue when I'm not supposed to.

Thanks for any help you can give me. Just trying to make my car perfect.

95 M3
a performance mod here and there ...

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