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Replacing Window Seals on a Series Land Rover

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Question: What does a Series Land Rover and a sieve have in common?
Answer: They both let air and water pass through them faster than a coulander.
But you knew that - right.

One of life's challenges, as a Series Land Rover owner, is how to restrict the passage of the natural elements (specifically, cold air and rain) through the vehicle whilst you are sat inside it enroute from A to B.

Series Land Rover sliding windows are the focus of our attention this month (softtop owners have their own problems). As we all know, it is often not simply enough to slide them closed! It only takes a short journey in winter to discover whether all of the sliding windows are fully sealed. Chances are that if the seals are the originals, then the rubber will have perished, the edges broken off and that draught on the back of your neck is the result.

Fortunately, replacement rubber seals together with their alloy metal mounting channels are available (try Ebay).

The first task is to remove the existing seals without damaging the window glass. This can be done without removing the window. The bonding between the rubber seal and the glass can be broken by sliding a thin blade along the length of the seal on each sideof the window glass. Then, with the window fastened closed, use a wooden block and small hammer to gently knock the metal channel and associated seal off the bottom of the window glass. You can then release the window catch and drift off the remaining channel. They usually come off quite easily.

The new seal should be treated with a suitable adhesive and the rubber pressed onto the edge of the glass. Next, a thin bead of adhesive can be applied inside the new metal channel, then, with the window fully closed, use the wooden block and hammer to tap the channel onto the rubber seal.
OK, it is still a sieve on wheels, but at least some holes have been blocked.


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