Sealed and Delivered
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|Door Seals to
Dampen Road Noise
in our Model 3
Mark D Larsen
When I ordered the glass roof seal to reduce wind noise, I saw that the manufacturer also sold a set of door seals to likewise dampen sounds coming into the cabin. I figured that I might as well go for broke, and included a set in my order from Amazon. In this instance… the installation proved much more difficult, and I will likely post a less-than-glowing review in the near future. The main complaint I have is not with the quality of the seals, but with the inadequate installation instructions. I will mention below what frustrations I encountered in the process to help others avoid them, should they also decide to installs these seals.
NOTE: You can click on any of the following photos to enlarge them.
The package arrived with the various seals for the different doors, and included some adhesive wipes that help stick the rubber strips more securely to their intended locations.
Here you can see the various strips, with labels on the packages for their locations on the car.
The first problem I discovered is that a warning on the Amazon page is erroneous. As you can see, the manufacturer claims that the front and center pillar packages are mislabeled. Assuming this was true, I tried holding up those strips up to see how they fit.
The supposedly mislabeled “front” seal didn’t seem to line up correctly on the center pillar with its thinner flap in front…
…or in back! Obviously, the warning on Amazon’s site no longer applied: those seals were correctly labeled in the package.
The correct strip for the center pillar is the rounded piece without any thin flap sticking out. It’s good I tried comparing before following the warning on Amazon’s page!
The next problem I encountered was with the front door seal. It has a thin strip that runs up the door, and a fatter strip that runs along the bottom. The product description claims that the seals are pre-fitted for a Model 3, so I assumed I could start at the top of the door and apply the thin seal down to the bottom corner. Alas… the thin strip was way too long, so the corner joint was hanging below the door. In reality, one should start applying the seal at that corner, run the strips up to the top and along the bottom, and then cut off the excess for both.
Having screwed up with the first front door, I had to pull off the thin strip again, breaking it in the process. When I finally got the seal mounted correctly, I then had to stick a small patch of the broken off piece to the top of the door to fill in the missing piece.
Reviewers on the Amazon site stated that it was necessary to cut into the seals where the doors have drain holes so that any moisture in them can still drip out. Thank goodness I did not immediately pull out my scissors or razor blade to do so. I discovered that the part of the seal that sticks to the door runs above those drain holes, so they will still function just fine under the loose flaps, as shown in this photo. Surely the manufacturer could state that such is the case in the product description and instructions!
The hardest strip to install is the one for the front pillars. The instructions do not specify exactly where it is to be mounted, nor in which orientation with its thinner flap. It is so difficult to see in that area, due to the numerous hinges and wiring hose, that photos posted on Amazon are useless in this regard. In truth, I question if I positioned those seals correctly. It seems to me that, when the door is closed, they aren’t really sealing anything, since they do not seem to press against the Model 3’s body. Ah, well… I gave it my best shot, having to guess at what the instructions do not explicitly explain or show with detailed, close-up photos.
When driving on the highway, Correcaminos does seem a tad quieter in the cabin, so maybe these seals really are dampening road noises through the door cracks. Given that they run along the edges of the doors, as shown in the photo at the top of the page, they are also supposed to keep the sills cleaner from dust and water. I hope that proves to be true!