|Rover 800 820 825 827 Door Trim/Seal.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 820 Auto Fastback
Colour: Charcoal Grey / Black
For several years we had wanted a new drivers door seal on this Rover 800 Fastback. The seal just helps close the gap between the drivers and passenger doors and helps keeps the wind noise down at higher speeds.
Being made of hard rubber they do get worn down with use. Especially if the driver or passenger tends to close the doors as they get out by gripping the door around this area!
The rubber seals develop a split along parts or all of their entire lengths. If left like this some bits will eventually break away, resulting in a loss of seal.
In the past we had simply used some epoxy glue to repair the seals, using masking tape to hold the seals in place until the glue had cured. Although not ideal as the seals were now not as flexible, at least it slowed down the overall deterioration.
Had we been able to buy a new replacement drivers door seal we would have, but as we could never get one from Rover (or later X-part dealers) we always had to make do and mend over the years.
The seal on the passenger side was now also starting to split for the first time.
On our many scrap yard ventures, the seals always seemed to be a part that was worse or missing from all the 800s we ever encountered.
Eventually we did find an S-Reg car in the scrappers and although disappointed once more when we saw the drivers side door seal in tatters, we were amazed to discover the seal on the passenger side was like new.
We we more than happy to part with a couple of quid for the seal. We separated it off the metal trim as the metal trim itself was damaged as though someone had already tried but failed to remove the trim from the door. They must of given up after this, but we forced the metal trim off the car then just separated and paid for the rubber bit we needed!
On closer inspection we realised rather than replace our passenger side door seal that had only just begun to split, if we turned it upside down we could use this to replace the bad drivers door seal. The different shaped ends on the top and bottom of the seals being virtually insignificant.
So we used some epoxy glue on the seal on the passenger door (for the first time), then set about working on replacing the seal on the drivers side.
Having forced off the broken metal trim on the car in the scrappers we knew that it was held in place by small grips on two studs, one located at the top and one located at the bottom end on the reverse of the trim.
We carefully levered the trim off the car, then separated off the old damaged rubber seal. It was simply a case of cleaning up the parts and then sticking the (new) seal to the trim and replacing it on the car.
Looks better, although your average person would never of spotted anything wrong with the old one in the first place! but more importantly the tiny whistle has gone, when driving at speed on the motorways.
This is the Normal Method we would use to Repair an old split Door Seal. Glue & Tape.
Finally we had a Replacement Seal we could use on the Drivers Door. So We Removed the Old One.
The (New) Rubber Seal next to the Old Rubber Seal Still on the Drivers Door Trim.
The Underside of the Drivers Door Trim with the two Little Studs with Grips on!
The Replacement Rubber Seal and the Metal Trim were Cleaned up.
Waterproof Double Sided Sticky Tape was used to Stick the Two Parts Back Together.
The Drivers Door Trim was put Back on the Car
After Years of Waiting! Finally we had a Decent Seal Again!