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Old 07-04-2006, 12:31 AM
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weather stripping/trunk

put new rubber seal around trunk ,its putting extreme pressure on lid hard to shut and putting out of shape,realize new rubber takes time to take shape and compress but this is to the extreme.anybody with any ideas how to maybe compress new seal to take some pressure off lid thanks.

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Yeah, almost every weatherstrip I've ever installed needed some breakin time. But there are some aftermarket ones that are just plain made wrong and will never break in. I did a 73 Challenger a few years ago that had aftermarket trunk weatherstrip problems, the lid was held up over 1/2" from all the tension, I heated it and tried a few things but eventually just found another weatherstrip supplier. The next weatherstrip fit fine.
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Bob you're right there. Working in a body shop, we always had problems with replacing weatherstrips. The people would complain about how the things close. I also have a Challenger here that has a replacement seal on the trunk and it fits like crap.

You can try placing the car in the sun for a few days, and see if the heat helps. Make sure the thing is applied correctly. Since I don't know what kind of car or strip you have, I can't say if it can be on wrong or not. Some glue to the trunk lid. Some slide over the pinch weld area, and some even glue to the body. They can be out of place a little bit and make a big difference. Even the ones that slide over the pinch weld can go on wrong, and make for a bad fit. Otherwise, you need to find another source for the thing.

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