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lightning



Member Since: 23 Apr 2009
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Door seal advice

Can someone tell me the best product to treat my Defender door rubber seals with? Currently they squeak like hell in the colder weather.
Grease? WD-40?

Post #737135 27th Oct 2018 11:44pm
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LandRoverAnorak



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey

You could try silicon spray. Definitely not WD40 though, as it can react with some types of rubber. Darren

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Post #737138 28th Oct 2018 12:12am
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lightning



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Thank you l’ll get some on Monday and see if it helps.

Post #737150 28th Oct 2018 9:26am
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drakes



Member Since: 09 Oct 2009
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United Kingdom 2004 Defender 90 Td5 HT Auto Belize Green

Gummi Pflege - it is excellent

Just google it, I use it on the Range Rover and also an SLK (loads of rubber seals)

Keith

Post #737153 28th Oct 2018 10:22am
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Jimb1978



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England 2002 Defender 110 Td5 Black LE Java Black

As above. I took mine off and washed them with standard washing up liquid. I then coated them on all sides with gummi pfledge, refitted and coated the exposed surfaces again.

It took a while for them to bed back in but they are virtually silent now. Really worthwhile doing it as they were driving me mad!! 2002 110 td5

Post #737418 29th Oct 2018 6:45pm
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lightning



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Thank you, l have ordered some today.

Post #739337 8th Nov 2018 1:35pm
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blackwolf



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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 DCPU Stornoway Grey

I find that adjusting the door catches so that the doors close a little tighter will stop the squeak.

I recently fitted new hinges (Optimill), new strikers (X-Eng), and have now adjusted all the doors so that they fit as well as possible, open and close properly and easily, and shut tight so as not to squeak. The fettling has been a complete nightmare, and it occurred to me that I have actually spent longer getting the doors as right as I can - about three full days work in total - that JLR spent building the entire vehicle in the first place!

The biggest shock was when I found on removal of the old hinges that on not a single door did the holes in the door skin match the holes in the door frame, they were out by up to 5mm (on an 8mm hole!). There was clear evident that the factory had simply smacked the screws with a hammer to get then through the door! Shocking, really.

Opening out the holes in the door skin to match the holes in the frame gave enough extra adjustment to allow the doors to be fitted quite well into the apertures, in the end, and the fit is now unrecognisable from factory.

Post #739362 8th Nov 2018 5:52pm
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lightning



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My doors are all a very good fit although l think the rear door could be adjusted to close a little tighter.

Post #739531 9th Nov 2018 4:31pm
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Intercept



Member Since: 27 Feb 2017
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United Kingdom 2002 Defender 110 Td5 Black LE Java Black

blackwolf wrote:
I find that adjusting the door catches so that the doors close a little tighter will stop the squeak

Thanks for that. I've been bugged by a squeaky driver's door since the temperature dropped recently. The hinges are all new and free of pin play. Gummi Pflege alone didn't fix it, but your comment inspired me to dig out the T30 wrench and move the catch inwards a bit at lunchtime. It needs a more hefty slam now to get it to grab the 2nd catch now, but the good news is that the jiggly squeak has now gone Very Happy

Post #739556 9th Nov 2018 7:00pm
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lightning



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That’s good because it will enable you to isolate all the other squeaking parts.

Post #739594 9th Nov 2018 11:13pm
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lightning



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Well, the Gummy Pledge arrived and sorted my squeaky door rubbers, thank you everyone for the advice.

Post #739896 11th Nov 2018 6:41pm
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RANGER1312



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 CSW Stornoway Grey

This was an interesting read...

I'm new to Defenders and over night my 90 has suddenly developed this horrendous squeaking noise which I thought was coming from the passenger seat and it's been driving me nuts trying to find it. Embarassed

I'm going to check this over the weekend, without this website I wouldn't even have thought to check the seal!! Thumbs Up

Post #746656 20th Dec 2018 9:18pm
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SteveK



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United Kingdom 2002 Defender 110 Td5 HT Portofino Red

Glycerin available from cake decorating shops and sometimes chemists works well too.

Post #746859 22nd Dec 2018 2:03am
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Siwynne



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Every defender I’ve owned or driven for work about ten in total from 200 300 td5 2.4 and 2.2 have all without fail needed attention in the door department. One of the first things I do is fettle the latches so the doors shut better. The latest 2.2 has been done about 30,000 miles ago and the latches have moved out again and need moving back in a couple of mm so when I look in the mirror the lines are straight.
When first adjusted it became difficult to close a door without a window open due to it sealing properly (it actually made ears pop)
When they do get loose they squeak and leak.

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RANGER1312



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 CSW Stornoway Grey

Will GT85 PFTE work in the same way as the Gummy Pflege or am I being stupid? Rolling Eyes

Post #746882 22nd Dec 2018 2:21pm
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