Should I worry about my car's detached door seal?
December 23, 2007 12:53 PM Subscribe
The rubber door seal has come off the door of my car -- how big a problem do I have?
posted by escabeche to travel & transportation (16 answers total)
It's cold in Wisconsin today. Really cold. All four doors of my Subaru were frozen shut, but with a lot of tugging I was able to get them all open. The problem: the driver's side rear door now has a loose length of rubber tubing hanging from it. From looking at the other doors, it seems this tube is supposed to be forming a seal or buffer between the car door and the body of the car. I assume that the ice was attached to the tube, and when I jerked the door open, the ice held onto the tube more strongly than the tube held onto the door. Both ends of the tube are still attached to the door, but it's hanging loose in between.
How immediately do I need to fix this? Am I right that it's safe to drive with this tube detached, i.e. that it's not part of what actually keeps the door from flying open while I drive? Do I need to avoid opening and closing the door until it's fixed? Is frigid air from outside now going to shoot in while I drive and freeze my kid in his carseat? Is this something you would go to the garage for or would you just rubber-cement the tube back into its channel?
In case it's not obvious from this question, I am not an expert on automobile maintenance, so non-technical responses are appreciated....