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How Weather Stripping Helps to Protect Your Vehicle’s Interior

While you drive, your vehicle protects you from the wind and any form of weather that can occur during the fall season in Michigan. The long rubber strips that line your windows and doors are called weather strips, or weather stripping, and are used to properly seal your vehicle from any weather and debris that could otherwise make its way into your vehicle's interior. These strips not only the keep weather out and protect the interior of your car, but also keep your cabin comfortable. Unfortunately, these strips wear down naturally from being stretched and compressed, handling the elements, and UV ray damage. Any cracks, tears, or breaks in the seal will greatly reduce their effectiveness in protecting your vehicle. Here are a few common weather strips you can find around your vehicle:

Each of your vehicle’s weather strips serves a unique purpose when it comes to protecting your vehicle from outside wind, rain, and debris, keeping you safe and dry out on the road. It’s important to have your weather strips routinely checked due to their important role in regulating your cabin temperature as well. Get your weather strips checked before the winter season begins to protect you and your passengers from any potentially uncomfortable drives. Read on to find out how to detect a damaged weather strip. If you have any questions about seasonal maintenance or weather strips, make sure to contact our team of experts at our Chevrolet or Buick GMC Cadillac Service Centers for more information!

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How to Tell If You Need a Weather Stripping Replacement

In the fall, the temperature in Michigan is often unpredictable. Having the proper weather strips will help you enjoy the changing temperatures without any inconvenience. Weather strips help to keep water, debris, and other elements out of your vehicle, protecting your dashboard, carpeting, upholstery, and much more including the passengers. However, your weather strips can be damaged at any time. Pay close attention to these signs, as they will indicate whether or not you need new weather strips:

If you notice any of these signs, you’ll next need to find where the weather strip has been damaged. If you run your fingers along strips you may think are going bad and they don’t feel squishy or don’t return to their original shape after you press down, they could be wearing out. Having trouble locating the damaged area? Let us help! We’d be more than happy to inspect your vehicle weather strips as you prepare for the changing of the seasons.

While it is possible to replace your weather strips at home, we recommend you let us handle it as improperly installed weather strips can cause additional discomfort to you and potential damage to your vehicle. The team at Graff Mt. Pleasant will get you back on the road before you know it!

Schedule a Weather Strip Inspection or Replacement at Graff Mt. Pleasant

You can count on our ASE Certified technicians to get the job done at Graff Mt. Pleasant! We can help you with everything from inspecting to repairing or replacing your weather strips in a quick and efficient manner. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your vehicle’s interior is protected from the unpredictable Michigan weather this season with brand new weather strips. If you need your weather strips looked at or replaced, schedule a service appointment with us online or give us a call at (989) 773-3937 (Graff Chevy) or (989) 773-3917 (Graff Buick GMC Cadillac). We are proud to serve Mt. Pleasant, Midland, Big Rapids, Clare, Rosebush, Alma, St. Louis, and beyond!