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Unread 03-21-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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replacing window sill

I know this is a common problem but I want to replace the window sills on my 04 GC. Is the dealership the only place I can get these?

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Unread 03-21-2008, 10:10 AM   #2
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Unread 03-21-2008, 05:59 PM   #3
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What's wrong with the window sill? I've got an '04 and don't know of any "common problem" with the window sills.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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They only cost $30 at my local dealer, of course this price is each.


I believe the problem he is referring to is the water buildup and subsequent rusting of the metal reinforcement bar under the rubber. Leaves nasty rust stains on the paint and large deformations of the window sill where rust accumulates.

I plan on replacing the ones on the girls WJ sometime this summer.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 10:53 PM   #5
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oh man, i'm not the only one??? I've got a tiny bit of rust stain peeking out from my rear passenger sill. Fill me in on this- what's the fix? just get new sills from the dealer and that's it? how do I remove the sill? is it possible to clean off the rust stain, or is it truly stained?

sorry if i'm hijacking this thread, i just didn't know this was a common problem.
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Unread 03-22-2008, 07:56 AM   #6
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The problem is pretty chronic. Espically up here where they use so much salt in the winter. My GC originally came from Seattle, so there was very rust on mine, but after this last winter I've noticed a big deterioration. Vehicles native to this area are substantially worse than mine.

I'm pretty sure you can just lower the window, pop them off and replace them. I would hope the new ones don't suffer the same design flaw. You should be able to buff the rust stains off of the paint.

I'm haven't looked much, but I'm guessing these are dealer only parts...
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Thanks, guys off to the dealer then for new ones. I too hope the new don't have the same problem, I live in Cleveland so salt is something I know very well!
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Thanks, guys off to the dealer then for new ones. I too hope the new don't have the same problem, I live in Cleveland so salt is something I know very well!
On that note, it seems to me that water gets in and is trapped by the little plastic end cap on each one of the sills. The metal reinforcement bar is completely surrounded by rubber, of course the easiest fix would be a solid window sill, without the removable end caps.

If Chrysler has not released an updated version of this part, and the new ones have the removable cap, I plan on using some silicone and sealing the caps to the sill, hopefully this will prevent the same thing from happening again.

As far as stain removal goes, a good rubbing compound and some elbow grease should remove 99% percent of it. Of course a coat of wax over the area would be recommended as well after removing the rust stain.
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