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post #1 of 440 (permalink) Old 04-28-2007, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Solved window wind noise!

I did it!

I was getting really ticked off by wind noise when on the highway at 80mph. So much so that I decided to do something about it.

I tried lubricating and rejuvenating the rubber, but that didn't work.

So I went to Pepboys in search of a solution.

I picked up some LifeLine brand vinyl tubing. I believe it was 5/32" vinyl tubing. I have the part number in the car.

The OD of the tubing is just over 1/4". It's sold in 6 foot lengths, and you'll need one package for each window (I've only done the drivers window and it took about 5.5 feet).

The process is simple.

Start stuffing the tubing between the weather stripping and the interior trim panel. Run it all the way around the window. Then, go back and pull back on the stripping so that it fully encapsulates the vinyl tubing.

This will push the weather stripping out a bit more, and help it seal against the window.

I'll post pictures with the other windows.

The tubing costs about $5 a package, but the results were great. $20 and you don't have to worry about it anymore. I might do the hatch stripping as well, to try and get a better seal around that.


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post #2 of 440 (permalink) Old 04-28-2007, 08:06 AM
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Thanks, I'll have to take a look at that. Even with all the soundproofing I did, I still get a little wind noise.


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Rock on.

Thats on my next todo list.


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On mine too.

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Ah hmmmmmm...so that is where that darn wind noise may be coming from, eh???

I just got done sound deadening my drivers side front door, and only have the passenger' front door and hatch to do till I'm finished. Unfortunately, since I already did the spare tire area, both back wheel well areas and did the enclosure for the sub I installed, I don't have enough ensolite (not sure about the RAAMmat quantity) to do the hatch now. Anybody have any leftover ensolite and RAAMmat that they want to get rid of?

Can't wait to see the pics of what you did. bac5.2.

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Oh great I can't wait for the pics and I'll be going out and doing this next too. I keep checking to see if the window in down...

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Awesome! pictures please.

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OOO OOO I also figured out how to cure hatch squeaks! I got the parts, I just need to play around with installing it.

Woo hoo! So exciting to have a quiet car!

I'll take pictures when I do the passenger side and rear doors this week, and I'll also document the hatch squeak fix too.
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Hey you got a fix for the side windows or side mirror noise?


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It appears the side windows. I don't have much mirror noise. Let me finish the windows and then I'll work on the mirrors.


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oh man thanks for the input, my drivers side window is so loud it actually makes me angry sometimes when I want to drive in silence. I always check to see if the window is down a little or something, but thats never the problem... Can't wait to see the pics so i can give it a try myself

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This is an old trick from the T roof car days . its called ropeing the seals we used 3/8th rope back in the day ( T roof seals are bigger ) and it worked wonders stopped leaks , wind noise and rattles like a charm . now if I could only find the annoying rattle / clunking behind my glove box I would be in a state of bliss
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Ok, I picked up some 1/4" O.D. vinyl tubing at a local hardware store for 19 cents a foot and I pushed it in and didn't get any positive results. Then I looked again and saw there is what appears to be some sort of metal strip between inside trim and the rubber seal and the tubing had gone to the inside of this 'strip'. I partially moved it to the outside and it seems to have helped, though it is not completely resolved. I will play with it more, and possibly try the next larger diameter tubing (at 19 cents a foot it's not killing me to experiment) and report back. I'll try and get some pics too.

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Yes, I'd like to know how to fix this as well, for a 2001 SF. Hope the pics come soon! =)


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Sweet, I was going to use some double sided window glazing foam tape(I buy big commercial grade rolls of it) but your idea is easier, faster and does the job!!!!

This mod will happen damn soon, really tired of the noise.

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