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'96 front windsceen seal/ wind noise situation

Old 05-02-2019, 12:09 AM
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Default '96 front windsceen seal/ wind noise situation

My '96 now has what seems to be wind noise coming from the front seal at road speed over 30mph

I taped it up and that helped a fair bit

looking down from inside at the glass, I see a crude messy bead of silicone

but also what appears to be the inside lip of a rubber seal

reading the FSM, it seems to say the glass lays directly on the metal pinchweld, with urethane sandwhiched between to seal ?


and the external rubber mouldings...I do not understand exactly how they are affixed ?

my plan is to try and get some more silicone down inside where I think there may be gaps,

can I remove the external moulding and see if any air (or water) is getting in ?
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:44 AM
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I'm pretty sure Bleepin' Jeep has a video on removing the front windshield. It might help.

The rubber you see has nothing to do with sealing your windshield. It's the bead of urethane that does the sealing. Lots of us don't know this, and when the thing leaks, we shove silicone seal down in behind the rubber, and then scratch our heads when it doesn't do any good. Yeah, BTDT.

So, I'm still not sure how to get the rubber out, and then back in, but I am sure that your wind noise problem will not be helped by more silicone. On my 94, I wound up using duct tape (the real stuff, the aluminum foil kind) over the thing to stop the leaking I had. That temp fix worked, and it was in place until an unsolvable PCM problem sent it to the scrap heap.
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Old 05-02-2019, 03:18 AM
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looking at that Youtube, it appears the rubber seal wraps right around the screen, with a small rubber flange behind the glass...meaning a new rubber would be needed for this job?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Windshield-...MAAOSwXf1aYQD4

not sure what the success rate of getting a screen out of urethane bead unbroken, I know sometimes they do come out, other times break

I will test with hosed water, and see if it leaks, see if I can seal it up first, rather than go the drastic step yet
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