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replacing door seals
« on: August 21, 2018, 01:43:35 PM »

I have new oem  door seals. The seals on the car appear to have prepunched holes for the push pins. My replacement seals do not. How did you or others deal with this problem. I could try to line up old and new seals and mark where the holes go. I still have to punch a hole some how. I could use an awl but, I am afraid punching holes in this way will tear the rubber and weaken the holes. Your suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: replacing door seals
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2018, 08:45:44 PM »
While I have no experience maybe if you can fold the rubber in half and use a hand held paper punch (also positioned to cut half) you wind up with a round hole once cut and straightened out. Otherwise burning a hole with a soldering iron..., maybe. I understand your concerns about tearing and a smooth hole would help that. Could be they are just intended to glued on.

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Re: replacing door seals
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 08:50:55 AM »
I like the idea of burning a hole, thank you. The old seals are glued in one spot that I know of. They are mostly just fit into the channel and held in place with friction. The leading edge of the door has no channel and is held with push pins provided with the replacement rubber. I haven't removed the old ones yet so I am not completely sure.
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Re: replacing door seals
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2018, 11:42:06 AM »
And those new seals aren't cheap either.  I have a wagon and have tried a number of rear hatch seals that looked like they would work..., but didn't. We use have  two self serve yards but the independent yard closed. They charged $3 for any door seal and it was reasonable to experiment.  The remaining yard is a corporate Pick Your Part. They have ambiguous terms, pricing and charge by the foot so the same part there is $15+.

Regardless I've found some vehicles seals work well in other cars.  My '64 Studebaker does well with door seals from 1st gen. Madza MPV's.  I had a Plymouth Belvedere that worked well with the Mitsubishi based Plymouth Sapporo door seals (try finding those today.  I haven't search for seals for the pinto doors - yet.  I did find decent wagon rear side glass seals a while back and swiftly got those ($3 each).

All the best, hope you get it worked out.

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Re: replacing door seals
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 04:02:05 PM »
Burning the holes worked beautifully. This was much easier than I expected. It fit perfect.
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Re: replacing door seals
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 04:12:10 PM »
Glad to hear it worked out!