Picture of An easy and permanent fix for older car door seals.
     In many older cars the rubber door seals don't seal the way they should. Often the seals have pulled away from the door frame and leave gaps between the frame and the seal, almost always in the corners. This lets in cold or hot air, sometimes water and almost always excess noise. So many older cars have a noisier, drafty  ride because the seals are not tight.

     Many people think that the reason for the seals not staying in the frame is that they have come unglued. They will often try to glue them back in place but the seals will not stay there. That is because they are not glued in to begin with.  The door seals are held in place by simple pressure. When the rubber seals get older the rubber shrinks, the older the seal the greater the shrinking. As it shrinks it pulls away from the door frame almost always at one of the corners. No matter how much glue you use you will not get the seal to stay in place because the seal is now to small to fit the opening. But there is a simple and very cheap fix for the problem that is permanent. You have to make the door seal bigger.  Its a lot easier to do than you might think.

jendryden14 months ago

Wow! Thanks so much for putting this together!

MatthewW87 months ago

SO simple thank you :) seals usually start at 150 - 350 so this is perfect and ill do my Ford Territory this weekend :)

Looking forward to warm weather so I can try this. I think it's a brilliant solution! Thanks for posting.

noel.dwyer9 months ago

great article, thank you.

tburkhead1 year ago
This will perfect for my '84 rx-7. Thanks so much!
mfrontuto1 year ago

you might want to try using a gasket maker like Permatex ultra black so that you can make it look like the seam was joined from the factory

Quick-tune2 years ago
Another way to improve weak door seals (the hollow type) is to feed windscreen washer tubing through the center all around the seal, it works on some modern cars too
billbillt2 years ago
Nice one, this is now on my to do list.
ben77982 years ago
good job. nice and clear instructions.
canucksgirl2 years ago
Good to know. Thanks for the tip!