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Old 06-05-2019, 09:40 PM   #1
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Driver Window Weatherstrip

This weatherstrip aged out. I purchased a new strip from Newmar and went to install it today.

The weatherstrip is mounted using 7 screws on the inside. When the window is fully down, the screws are under the window by about 1/4 inch. Just enough to be tempting and annoying.

The whole window frame looks like it can be removed from the outside with a couple of dozen screws. I did not want to disassemble the window frame.

Being determined, I used very thin needle nose pliers to grab the screws. None of the screws were tight. They were so close to the window, I think the window kept them from falling out completely.

Using the pliers, I was able to grip and twist each screw and pull the screw out. After a few minutes, I had removed the old weather strip.

The new strip is a standard piece that is longer than my old one. I cut the new piece to size. The screw holes were not positioned exactly like my old strip. I lined up the strips and drilled new holes.

When I went to install the new strip, I knew I would have problems with the screws. I didn't want to lose any screws, so I pressed them into the holes and put some tape across the top to hold them in place.

With some effort, I was able to get the whole strip and 7 screws roughly into place. I only now realized there was a channel for the screws to mount into. I did not need to drill holes in a specific position in the new weather strip.

Using a small screw driver, I was able to get 3 of the 7 screws properly installed. But, 4 of the screws are in a bad position. Even with my pliers, I cannot get these screws to screw into the channel. As it is right now, the screw heads are pressing into the window and will scratch the window as it moves up and down.

Appreciate any ideas for getting these 4 screws properly installed. The space is tight. I almost need some kind of filter wrench made for small screws.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
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I do not have a solution but while fixing the tray the window sits in at the floor I did replace the strip. This was with the window frame and all removed. Might be able to access by removal of the interior trim panel. This allows the windows actuator to be un-bolted to lower window.
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As a side note. I had to remove window to replace tray at bottom. That is where the water goes and then drains out. Original had a thin plastic tray that developed several holes and was leaking inside. I replaced it with a fabricated aluminum pan.
If you do pull the interior panel inspect the tray closely for leaks.
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Thanks. There is some interior trim which I did remove, but it did not help.

I am not ready to undertake a project of that magnitude. I am so close, I just need to get these 4 screws seated and turning.
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