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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Miscellaneous Informational Topics

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Wind is heard inside the vehicle when driving, but where exactly in the vehicle?

The Information You Need:

When driving a vehicle, probably the most annoying thing one can encounter inside the vehicle is the in-your-face-kind-of-noise of the wind that inevitably blows against your vehicle.  It may be so bad that you might consider lowering your driving speed to lessen the noise of the wind inside your vehicle.  Where is one to being in order to get rid of this noisy nuisance? Ascertain the location of this air-wind leak and then attempt to properly seal it.  First and foremost, make sure all of your vehicle windows are rolled up to the top; a window left just about a centimeter or so open will have the effect of making such a wind noise.

If the vehicle, with all of its windows properly and fully rolled up, continues to produce such a noise inside, your most probable locations of an air-window leak are where the doors meet the door frames (including the roof frame) and around the edges of the windows.  A proven, though burdensome, way of ascertaining where exactly the air-wind leak is at is to drive your vehicle with the incremental addition of tape, something as strong as duct tape, to each joint of the vehicle--i.e., where the moving components of your vehicle, such as a door meeting a door frame meet, the windows and their framing of the vehicle that encase such windows, etc.

So, for example, if you suspect the front-right passenger window is leaking the air-wind, start by taping the top portion of the window along with the top metal edge of the vehicle


frame that meets it when it is rolled up. Then drive the vehicle at the speed that you usually hear the noise.  If the vehicle does not encounter the noise then, as a matter of a logical deduction, you'll know that where you placed your strip of tape is the location of the air-wind leak; you'll need to replace your molding seal in that specific area.  If, on the other hand, after placing the tape at the specific top portion of the window and the top window metal frame, the vehicle still experiences the air-wind noise, as a matter of this incremental process, add tape to the next side of the window and its frame, and then take the vehicle for a spin once again to determine if the noise has gone away.  Do this incremental taping process--going on to every other window, all doors and otherwise any other joint of the vehicle--until the location of the air-wind leak is ultimately discerned.

When you finally find out where the air-wind leak is at, your task of fixing the leak will only be halfway done, as you'll next need to actually seal the leak.

Ed the Handyman


Your Handyman Zone Team




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