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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Seal Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$100 to $200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Your hands, weather-stripping adhesive, heat gun

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Front door seals

Hot Tip:

Clean the seal channels before installing the new seal

Performance Gain:

No more leaks in the rain

Complementary Modification:

Check seat belts for wear

The door seals are one of those items under constant wear, yet hardly ever noticed. Over the years, the seals dry up and crack. This eventually leads to water leaking into the car due to rain or when going through the local car wash. This article shows you how to replace the seals yourself.

Keep in mind that you will need to remove the inner lower trim panels, the side trim panels and the front lower A-pillar covers. See the following articles for more information:

Lower A-Pillar Cover Removal

Inner Lower and Side Trim Panel Removal

Additionally, I'd recommend using a good weather-stripping adhesive when attaching the new seal to the channel on the body. It is also a good idea to either leave the seal out in the hot sun or use a heat gun to make the rubber more pliable.

Shown here is the front door seal at the rear of the doorframe with the trim panels removed.
Figure 1

Shown here is the front door seal at the rear of the doorframe with the trim panels removed. Pull up on the seal in the middle of the curve (green arrow). It may take a little effort to get it started.

Keep pulling up on the seal until it walks itself off the channel (green arrow), as shown here.
Figure 2

Keep pulling up on the seal until it walks itself off the channel (green arrow), as shown here.

One typical problem with the door seals is the decorative trim strip (green arrow) that sits on the seal.
Figure 3

One typical problem with the door seals is the decorative trim strip (green arrow) that sits on the seal. Over time, this strip can stretch and separate from the seal. The new seal will have a new strip pre-installed. Be sure to check the color of the strip you need before ordering.

Continue to walk the seal off the channel until it is removed.
Figure 4

Continue to walk the seal off the channel until it is removed. You may want to let the new seal sit in the sun for a few hours or hit it with a heat gun. The idea is to make the rubber more pliable and easier to fit.

Check the channel (green arrow) from top to bottom for any remnants of the old seal.
Figure 5

Check the channel (green arrow) from top to bottom for any remnants of the old seal. Once clean, it's not a bad idea to use a small bit of weather-stripping adhesive in the corners to hold the seal in place. Once prepped, install the new seal in the opposite order of removal.

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