How to Handle Wind Noise and Water Leaks from Around a Vehicle’s Door


The issues of wind noise and water leak mostly occur if the insulation (weatherstripping) rends, gets separated from its conduit, or wears out.

It is not a difficult task to check whether the noise coming from any one of the door. You need a two-inch-wide duct tape to seal the stitch between the body of the vehicle and one of the doors. Drive the car and examine that the noise has still coming or disappeared. Repeat the same process with all the doors until you have found the defective door. Once the fault located, the insulation of that needs to be fixed as described in the following paragraphs.

To find out whether the weatherstripping is accountable for water leaking into the vehicle, take a garden hose and stand about 3 feet away from the target, i.e. aim at the point next to the spot where water is found. Now spray the water on the seams between the door and the body for about 15 minutes. Gradually move on to the next section but in the mean time you need to be patient because water can take a time to its way inside the vehicle through the gap between weatherstripping and body

Water Leak

Once it is understood the water or the air is leaking around a door, look over weatherstripping for rends. You can repair it with silicone rubber sealant, which is easily available in the stores (hardware).

Tenderly pull on the piece to its whole length to examine whether weatherstripping has separated from its conduit. If it does so, clean the conduit with the help of rag. Take rubber cement or liquid butyl sealer and apply it to the base of the weatherstrip­ping and the conduit. Once you have finished with this press the weatherstripping back to the channel until it stick to the channel. You can use spring-type wooden or plastic clothespins as clamps to serve the purpose.

The next step is to inspect weatherstripping for simple worn out. For this you need a crisp dollar bill. Placed it at the defected spot and close the door. Try to pull the dollar free. If you find any resistance, it means that the weatherstripping is ripped at that place. Apply the same process to check the rest of the length.

Pull out the worn out weatherstripping from the conduit. Make the conduit dirt free with the help of solvent. If you locate rust, scratch it off. Then take a double-sided polyethylene foam tape and adjust it on the channel.

Clean the bottom side of the weatherstripping with the help of rag and mineral spirit to remove the greasy substance from the weatherstripping underside. Once the weatherstripping gets dry press it back on the conduit. The thickness of the double-sided polyethylene foam tape will resolve the problem.