How to Fix a Whistling Car Windowby Justin Otto
"That noise is driving me insane!" Have you caught yourself thinking that while motoring along at a good pace down whatever highway, interstate or country road you might be traveling? That constant whistling noise can be remedied with little cost using the instructions provided here.
Locate the affected window by inspecting them all for imperfections in the weatherstripping.
Remove the marred stripping by cutting with the X-acto knife as close to the metal frame as possible. Also, remove any adhesive residue that may have been left behind.
Wipe the metal down with alcohol to remove any remaining adhesive. Let alcohol dry thoroughly. (This should take very little time as alcohol evaporates quickly.)
Apply new adhesive to the rear side of the new weatherstripping.
Push the new stripping into the window channel using the eraser side of the pencil, until it is fully seated. Let the adhesive dry for 1 hour.
Wipe gently in and around the newly installed weatherstripping to ensure that there is no adhesive in the channel of the stripping or on the finish of the vehicle.
Return the window to the rolled-up position for 12 hours to ensure that the stripping seats properly.
- The pencil is used because the small size and the softness of the eraser won't puncture the new stripping. Every type of weatherstripping is different, so make sure you purchase the right type for the make and model of your vehicle.
Things You'll Need
- Automotive weatherstripping (model specific)
- X-acto knife
- Unsharpened pencil
- Rubbing alcohol
- Making sure there is no adhesive in the channel of the new stripping is very important; if there is, it will glue the stripping to the window.
Justin K. Otto is a freelance writer & editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has been writing for 9 years and professionally for just over 2 for several publications such as The Pensacola News Journal, a Gannett Publication, the PJC Corsair and Kayak Angler Magazine. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in journalism.