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Old 01-28-05, 08:33 AM
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How important is the weather stripping on the headlights? When I ordered some new headlamps (99 year model) they came without weather stripping on the headlights. On my 95's, there's rubber weather stripping all around. Does it reallie matter if i have it on or not?

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Old 01-28-05, 08:55 AM
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Get them, they are supposed to help keep them from leaking...
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should i just try and carefully peel off my old weather stripping and glue them on or just get some new ones? i'm just too anxious to put them back in.

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They will definately leak and fog up without some sort of seal. If you're really anxious to put 'em in, you could use the black silicone sealant, but it won't look as nice as the factory seals. Of course you could always seal 'em up now and put 'em in, then install the factory seals later
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well the thing is, they'll be sealed... they just won't have the weather stripping on the outer edge of them.. that's what i was wondering... are they just like a backup measure or like the first line of defense so to speak? in any case, i guess i'll just see if i can salvage the old ones since they still in good condition and put em on the new headlamps
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I also have the same issue. The weather stripping is only there to keep air and water from going into the engine compartment through this area while driving. It has nothing to do with sealing the headlight itself. I left mine this way because it looks better. There is no adverse affect from it either. Hope this helps some.
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You can order the seal. There not very expensive. I replaced my drivers side one a year ago.

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where can you buy the weather stripping around the headlights?
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where can you buy the weather stripping around the headlights?
Dealer has them, 12-16 dollars a piece depending where you go..
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What sort of adhesive to people recommend for the headlight weather stripping? Is is the same butyl rubber as is used for sealing the housings? Would contact cement hold up to the elements?
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What sort of adhesive to people recommend for the headlight weather stripping? Is is the same butyl rubber as is used for sealing the housings? Would contact cement hold up to the elements?
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Ah, so it's a tape, not a glue? (At least for reapplication.) Makes sense, thanks!
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saw replacement weather strippings on ebay today. I would guess rock auto may have them as well.

window weld (butyl tape) is probably what is used to secure the seals in place. if it isn't, it will definitely do the job. Most OEM head lights are sealed with this.
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I've never heard of butyl tape, but it looks to be carried by the big box stores, so shouldn't be too hard to find.
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