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Old 04-30-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question Front Window Seals Squeking Noise.

Hello Guys, Since I bought my car back in 07' and since I had ownership it had this squeaking noise coming from the doors which had gotten worst over time, at first I thought it came from the actual door seal and lubed the area but the squeaking sound continued the same way.

Recently I discovered the cause of the noise, It's coming from the Window Seals of the front windows. If I roll the windows down the noise goes away but as soon as I roll them up and tension in applied to the seal the noise comes back again. I did some research from some people who had the issue and noticed they used:

WD40
BMW Gummi-Plfege
Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber Care
Silicone Spray

But apparently none of those are a long time cure since the noise came back a couple of days later. What would be the best solution for this?
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:13 PM   #2
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WD-40, bad choice as it contains a solvent and evaporates quickly. Gummi-goo, hard to find and no real magic here. Silicone spray, good for window glass travel path only. My best potion: Clean all surfaces with water based solvent (Simple Green). Apply a streak of NAPA Sil-Glyde or any Silicone grease to the upper door seal. Wax the metal area inside the upper door where the seal contacts. I put a couple coats on with any decent wax. Now a light application with Sil-Glyde along the upper compartment area above where you waxed. You really have to study how the door seal contacts the inner compartment. This lasts around six months.

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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=teflon+tape
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:02 PM   #3
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WD-40, bad choice as it contains a solvent and evaporates quickly. Gummi-goo, hard to find and no real magic here. Silicone spray, good for window glass travel path only. My best potion: Clean all surfaces with water based solvent (Simple Green). Apply a streak of NAPA Sil-Glyde or any Silicone grease to the upper door seal. Wax the metal area inside the upper door where the seal contacts. I put a couple coats on with any decent wax. Now a light application with Sil-Glyde along the upper compartment area above where you waxed. You really have to study how the door seal contacts the inner compartment. This lasts around six months.

Okay now checkout the link:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=teflon+tape
Thanks! Will go to the Hardware/Autostore tomorrow morning and see how it goes.

Will keep you posted.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:26 PM   #4
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Thanks! Will go to the Hardware/Autostore tomorrow morning and see how it goes.

Will keep you posted.
Any luck? I have the same issue, seems like it comes and goes depending on how cold it is...
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I think I remember reading in the bentley service manual to use talcum powder on the seal. I used sil glyde from napa and it lasted a few months.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:08 AM   #6
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Silicone spray, applied once every few months, seems to fix the problem.
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Sorry for not posting my results, I went and got a spray can of 3in1 silicone oil and sprayed the seals and the inner window trim. the squeak went away completely for 2 days and came back again. Wondering what would be a long term solution?
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Sorry for not posting my results, I went and got a spray can of 3in1 silicone oil and sprayed the seals and the inner window trim. the squeak went away completely for 2 days and came back again. Wondering what would be a long term solution?
Kylek325i said he used PB silicone spray.. Read about it in the thread linked above.. I never associated the creaking noise (what I hear with windows rolled up, going over uneven surfaces, turning etc) with the squeaking (when I roll the window down). But they are definitely the two most annoying problems I've had w/ my E46
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If you think we have it bad, you should ride in an E60. Brand new off the showroom floor, those cars are notorious for door creaking.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:45 PM   #11
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sil-glyde

Ok guys I sourced some of the sil-glyde that whiteknuckles recommended. Found it at a walker auto parts store, under $7. This may be a little premature but I drove my car for a few minutes after using it.... Windows up, stereo and ac off (90* out and humid as flamingo balls mind you, and the only creaking I heard was from the passenger side... Whereas I had always heard it on the drivers side, next to my ear.... I think this stuff works!!!! And no window squeel when I put the window down... Just applied a very light coat to the contact points between the window and the door molding.... Even if I had to apply it every couple weeks I would be very very pleased....
Will keep you guys posted. In the meanwhile biggups to whiteknuckles and everyone else who contributed to this thread
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I'm of the belief that the dry sticky squeaky window rubber is what breaks some of the regulators. The longer the windows go without use, the stickier the rubber adheres to the glass. Then !!bang-pow-clang!!, the regulator snaps upon trying to lower the glass. I'm now wiping the rubber with the slightest coat of this.... also good for eliminating the glass squeaks. It can make a smeary mess if too much gets on the window.
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I'm of the belief that the dry sticky squeaky window rubber is what breaks some of the regulators. The longer the windows go without use, the stickier the rubber adheres to the glass. Then !!bang-pow-clang!!, the regulator snaps upon trying to lower the glass. I'm now wiping the rubber with the slightest coat of this.... also good for eliminating the glass squeaks. It can make a smeary mess if too much gets on the window.
How long is this paste lasting, and any description of how/where to apply this stuff?

I'm most concerned with preventing the window reg failure as I already have the notorious "click" when the window is halfway through traveling open and closed.
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How long is this paste lasting, and any description of how/where to apply this stuff?

I'm most concerned with preventing the window reg failure as I already have the notorious "click" when the window is halfway through traveling open and closed.


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