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How to Replace Hatch Weatherstrip Seal 84-1996 Chevy Corvette

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How to Replace Hatch Weatherstrip Seal 84-1996 Chevy Corvette

Created on: 2013-08-02

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a weather strip that is falling down, coming apart, or the adhesive is failing on Chevy Corvette, model years 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96.

  1. step 1 :Disconnecting the Battery
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable with an 8mm wrench
  2. step 2 :Removing the Hatch Seal
    • Remove the Phillips head screws from the rear hatch trim panel
    • Pull off the rear hatch trim panel
    • Loosen the Phillips screws from the remaining hatch trim panels
    • Pull off the hatch seal by hand
  3. step 3 :Preparing the Hatch
    • Clean the hatch seal channel with a shop vacuum
    • Clean the hatch seal channel with soapy water
    • Clean the hatch seal channel with mineral spirits
    • Scrape off any adhesive residue with a razor blade
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Hatch Seal
    • Unclip the hatch supports at the top
    • Have an assistant hold the hatch up
    • Position the seal
    • Push the hatch supports into place
    • Feed the hatch seal into the channel
    • Apply weatherstrip adhesive to the seal channel
    • Push the seal into the channel
    • Push the trim panels into place
    • Tighten the Phillips screws into the trim panels
    • Apply silicone lubricant to the hatch seal
    • Close the hatch
    • Keep the hatch closed to compress the seal
  5. step 5 :Reconnecting the Battery
    • Reconnect the negative battery cable with an 8mm wrench

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

    Assistant

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Soapy Water

    Sponge

    Mineral Spirits

    Gasket Adhesive

    Cloth Rags

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Vacuum

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace the rear hatch seal on this 1985 Chevy Corvette. You'll need an 8mm wrench to disconnect and reconnect the battery. After that you'll need some cleaners, warm soapy water, as well as mineral spirits or something of that sort to get as much of the old seal off as possible. Then you'll need a Phillips screwdriver and you'll also need some weather strip adhesive, and some silicone lubricant.

After un-hatching your rear hatch, you may want to disconnect the negative battery cable. Next, you're going to remove a series of screws in the panels that surround the inside of the window. The only panel that you actually remove is the rear one closest to the back. All the others, you just remove the screws so that they're loose and you can get the weather strip off. Take a Phillips screwdriver, and we'll fast forward as we remove those screws and that rear panel. There's a small trim piece that's not part of the main seal. Remove from the top and then pull that back panel out and away. We've speeded up the film a little bit here, but you can see at this point, it's a matter of pulling it off. The bottom side comes off. It's obviously ripped in the corner, so you just pull it off in two pieces. Then you'll see a little more struggle with the top piece because, like on many cars, this seal was probably leaking, so one of the owners at some point probably said, "Oh, let me just put a bunch of goop, or glue up there and see if that helps hold it together better and stop the leaking," which, usually it doesn't. Usually, it makes the leaking a whole lot worse.

Use a shop vac to clean out any loose dirt all the way around the perimeter of the seal and the channel. Next up, is to use some good strong cleaner and spray it in the channel all the way around. I have a bucket of warm soapy water. I'm dipping the sponge in the water and cleaning out the channel really well. Then use an old towel or something to dry out the channel. Now, take something stronger like mineral spirits and just do the next step of cleaning. Just be careful not to get this all over the paint to your vehicle. Now, you can see, going really fast here, that's a straight razor blade in my hand. I'm cutting off a lot of the extra residue. As I said before, somebody used a lot of glue to put this on, or to try to re-seal this at some point. I'm cutting off as much of that as I can. Then I'll re-clean it with the mineral spirits and try to get as much off as I can. The better and the cleaner you get the pinch weld, the better your seal will fit, and the better your seal will work.

To put the seal on, you'll need to take the hatch supports off. You just use a small screwdriver, pry out on a clip, then pull the hatch support off. Make sure you have the seal lined up correctly. Put the seal over the hatch support. Snap the support back on. Then repeat the same thing for the other side. First, get the seal to fit well down into the corners as far as you can. You may have to take the lower trim panel out a little further just to get that seal all the way down in there. Then you can start fitting it up the side. We're using some black weather strip adhesive on the pinch weld of the vehicle. After you have both sides properly fit, then take your adhesive and put it across the top of the vehicle and fit the seal onto the top. Then do the same thing for the bottom part of the seal. Do the side first, then use the weather strip adhesive. I apply the weather strip adhesive to the tip of the pinch weld. Then, pull the weather strip down on top of it. We'll kick it in high gear here, as Don puts the trim back into place and reinstalls all the screws that hold the trim in place. Use a silicone based lubricant to lubricate the corners of the seals. This is where they undergo the most stress. Put the hatch down carefully. Just make sure that the corners . again, pay attention to the corners ., are going in correctly. Check one corner. I'll reach around and check the other corner. Then your hatch will probably close pretty firmly. Leave it closed for a while to compress the new seal down.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper
  • Assistant

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Soapy Water
  • Sponge
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Gasket Adhesive
  • Cloth Rags

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Vacuum

1984 - 1996  Chevrolet  Corvette
1990 - 1996  Chevrolet  Corvette
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