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Unread 10-22-2008, 06:37 AM   #1
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New Door Weatherstripping... Door won't close

I just replaced the weatherstrip around the front passenger door opening using the replacement from Rockauto. The weatherstrip appeared to be the right kind, and it went on just fine, but now I'm having trouble closing the door all the way. It will latch to the first detent, but stay open about 1/2". If I really slam it while applying some downward pressure to the door, it will close all the way. But then I can feel the strain on the latch when I go to open it again. I'm afraid of what the slamming and the strain is doing to the latch.

Anyone else replace their weatherstrip and have this trouble? The old weatherstrip was definitely compressed after 15 years. The forward edge appeared to not be making contact at all. I expected a tight fit with the new strip, but not this bad. It's locked on to the pinch weld all the way around, and I can't see anywhere where the bead might be curled over and interfering, although the new bead is definitely springier and firmer.

It was probably in the low-60's, high-50's when I installed it last night. Should I have waited for warmer weather to allow the rubber to be softer? I didn't mangle the old one, so I can re-install it if I need to. I'd really rather not spend the whole winter slamming that door, especially if I have passengers.

Thanks in advance for any input.

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