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Help Wanted: Driver's side door leak.

Everytime time I go through a car wash or take a power washer to my drivers side door...it leaks at the top middle of the door. It gets all over my seat.

During rain or heavy rain storms, it doesn't leak.

I tried silicone and sealed the top part of the weather stripping but the leak is still there. I've compared both sides, both passanger and drivers, they look and feel identical. The passenger's side doesn't leak at all.

I've sprayed the weather stripping with silicone spray hoping the water would travel down instead of into the cab, but no go. Still leaks.

Any ideas?
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mine does the same...dont do it in heavy rain but only when i wash it at the car wash or woth the water hose.....its weird
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I can't imagine it would be expensive to replace the weatherstripping? In case there is something that you can't see/feel or don't notice?
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I can't imagine it would be expensive to replace the weatherstripping? In case there is something that you can't see/feel or don't notice?
yea, I thought about it...trying to avoid that if I can, especially since it looks/feels fine..ya know.

If I have to I will, as a last resort.
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Take note how tightly the top of the door mates to the cab roof. (Referred to in the industry as "step and gap").
Roll the window down.
Sit in the driver seat, legs facing out the door.
Pull the door almost closed.
Place feet on door.
Pull the top of the door toward you. Go easy at first. You are "trying" to bend the window frame ever so slightly, so don't get too crazy here.

Close door and note how tightly the top of the door mates to the cab roof again.

Repeat as needed with increasing pressure.

Seriously. It probably only needs tweaked in 1/8-1/4" or so to tighten up the gap. Since you can duplicate the leak with your pressure washer, do this trial and error until you fix the leak. Shouldn't need a weightlifter physique to get this done.
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That's pretty cool....I've give that a shot, thanks Earl question mark
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I had the same problem. The dealer replaced the weatherstripping, problem solved.
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First try to bend window frame....second replace weather stripping. That's my plan of attack so far
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i'd do it the other way arouind but thats me
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One seems easier than the other
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replacing weather stripping takes like 10 min
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tweakin a door frame is free and common practice on this type of door setup.

tweak first. replace weather strippin second.
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i have a similar problem but mine is on my back glass. i have a solid back window but during light but constant rain or at a car wash i get water running down the inside of the window and i get water stains on the headboard. any remidies?
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reseal the third brake light
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^ x 1000
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replacing weather stripping takes like 10 min
Are you speaking from experience? What's the process involved to replace all the weatherstripping on a truck with an extended cab?
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Are you speaking from experience? What's the process involved to replace all the weatherstripping on a truck with an extended cab?
the door seal i can have off my truck in about 5 min its easy as hell and yes i had to replace the one on my splash there held in by little plastic clips
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Help Wanted???? Who's Hiring????? You want me to leak in your door....WHAT????? What kinda job it that??? What are ya paying?
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I'll pay you to replace my weather stripping because it's cold outside and I don't wanna do it.

Oh you're from Texas?? Never mind, you wouldn't last 5 minutes out here. lol
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its not that cold yet up here
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^^^^^^^^^^^^.....knock on wood.....

Oh she's getting cold out..... -4C (24.8F) this morning......ohhh, frosty.
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its not that cold yet up here
yea you're right, but I still dont want to have to replace my weather stripping
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Take note how tightly the top of the door mates to the cab roof. (Referred to in the industry as "step and gap").
Roll the window down.
Sit in the driver seat, legs facing out the door.
Pull the door almost closed.
Place feet on door.
Pull the top of the door toward you. Go easy at first. You are "trying" to bend the window frame ever so slightly, so don't get too crazy here.

Close door and note how tightly the top of the door mates to the cab roof again.

Repeat as needed with increasing pressure.

Seriously. It probably only needs tweaked in 1/8-1/4" or so to tighten up the gap. Since you can duplicate the leak with your pressure washer, do this trial and error until you fix the leak. Shouldn't need a weightlifter physique to get this done.
Ding ding....we have a winner folks. All this time I was checking for leaks, I had the door open looking at the weather stripping.

With the door closed, my drivers side door sticks out a hair more than my passenger side. That is where the water is coming through.

Thanks Earl
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So did you attempt this method with the door? Did it work?
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I attempted it, but I don't know if I bent it enough. It doesn't look any different, but I guess I'll have to wait for the next car wash or rain storm to find out. I doubt it'll rain anymore...probably snow from now on.

Maybe I can pour a jug of water over it and see what happens...I'm living in an apartment, so I don't have my own hose.
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