S018/98 WIND NOISE AROUND DOORS
All models except Miata and MX-6.
Wind noise around doors may occur with some vehicles. This may be
caused by the door weather-strip seal.
Customers complaining of this should have their vehicle inspected
and repaired according to this service bulletin.
- Verify customer complaint.
- Examine weather-strip for the following conditions:
- Rips, tears, cuts
- Loose or falling off
- Excessive deterioration
- If the weather-strip has any of the above conditions, replace it.
Go to step 3.
- If weather-strip does not have any of the above conditions, but
wind noise still exists, proceed to the "Card Test" below.
- Open the door and insert a business card (0.2MM thickness)
between the door and the weather-strip at the base of the A-pillar.
Close the door.
- Slide the business card up along the A-pillar.
White Grease Test
- Roll down windows and adequately cover all interior surfaces to
prevent contact with grease.
- Thoroughly and evenly spray the sheet metal surface of the body
that seals against the weather-strip on the door.
NOTE: It is recommended
that you use KAR Products #)78620
"Multi-purpose white grease (aerosol spray)" or equivalent.
Do not spray the weather-strip.
- Using only the door handle, very gently close the door. This will
prevent over-slam which could result in an inaccurate reading.
- Open the door and measure the width of the grease pattern that is
left along the length of the weather-strip (check for any unevenness in
- If 4mm or more, sealing contact is adequate if door closing
effort is acceptable. Clean grease from vehicle.
- If 3mm or less, sealing contact is insufficient. Clean grease
from vehicle and proceed to "DOOR ADJUSTMENT".
The door should be adjusted to obtain the proper seal compression
while maintaining proper door alignment. The hinges control the in/out
location of the door at the front as well as overall tip or tilt of the
door when viewed from the front or rear. The door striker controls the
in/out location of the door at the rear latch
CAUTION: Do not pry or force
the door into alignment.
In addition to Workshop Manual procedures for door alignment, the
following information tips are provided
- As a guideline, if the weather-strip contact is insufficient, the
door hinge(s) should be adjusted 2-4 mm inward. Determine the amount of
movement by outlining the hinge mount area before door adjustment and
- Adjusting one hinge at a time will prevent any extreme door
movement. This is done by loosening the hinge bolts and moving the door
with a padded pry bar just enough to permit movement of the door.
- Hinges should be adjusted first, followed by the striker.
- Adjustment to the rear door(s), if applicable, may require
adjustments to the front door and possibly to the front fender to
- Door closing effort should be checked to ensure that it remains
acceptable after adjustments are completed. If any doors are too
difficult to close, the seal compression may be excessive and
adjustment will need to be repeated.
- After completing adjustments, verify seal compression by using
the card test and white grease test.
- Verify repair.
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