Repairing Weatherstrip on a Car

So recently I was walking by my car,  a 2008 Nissan Xterra, and I noticed one of the rear door weather seal was awkwardly sticking out. I inspected the damage and it seems like it somehow ripped out of the fastener. I tried putting the weather strip back into the fastener but it would not stay.

 

Options

I looked at different options on how to repair it. First instinct was looking for a OEM weatherstrip replacement but the price was too expensive. Second option was to replace it with an aftermarket weatherstrip, but while comparing the Xterra weatherstrip to the aftermarket it looked a lot different and seemed like it would not work out that well. Lastly, the best option was to use a weatherstrip adhesive to keep the weatherstrip intact.

How to apply weatherstrip adhesive?

1. Buy a weatherstrip adhesive of your choice.  For me I purchased 3M 08008 Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive due to the overwhelming positive reviews.

3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive

 

Permatex Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive

The cheapest option I can find if you’re trying to save money. Permatex Super Weatherstrip Adhesive. 

2.  Remove fastener. For my car I had the old fasteners obstructing the path. Since I could no longer use them I decided it was best to remove it so the weatherstrip can fit flat.

Feel free to discard the fastener once your done because they will be bent and useless.

3. Clean the surface of the door and weatherstrip really well with rubbing alcohol or windex.

4. Apply the adhesive on both the door and rubber. The instructions says wait for it to get tacky before putting the surface together.

5. After waiting for a minute I decided to put the weatherstrip and door together.  What I used for indicators for alignment on the weatherstrip was to match the hole on the weatherstrip with the fastener holes. Try not to make a mess but if you do try your best to wipe off the excess adhesive. For me it dried too fast so I rubbed it off with my hand.

6.  Final Step. Let it dry for a few more minutes before closing the door. Surprisingly, it dries pretty fast and holds its strength.

Conclusion

It was a quick and easy fix for a few dollars. Really happy with the results and it seems like the weatherstrip never had an issue to begin with.

Nissan Sway Stabilizer Bar Bushing Bar Bushing Kit


Old vs new sway bushings.

 

 

So one day when I was turning left on my Xterra it made a thump sound. I researched and thought it might be a ball joint that has gone bad. So I did the usual test where you see if the wheel wiggles from side to side but there was no play in the ball joints. People have mentioned that you might need to tighten the sway bars bushing brackets. So I did it but still it didn’t fix the issue. What fixed the issue was spraying silicon lubricant inside the rubber bushing. I noticed the sway bar bushing was a little warped, so I went ahead and bought new sway bar bushing “Moog K200347 Sway Bar Bushing Kit” that looked exactly like the Nissan OEM.

 

Moog K200347 Sway Bar Bushing Kit

 

I installed it but it warped right away and the middle does not meet up. It’ll actually split apart. After a few months of driving the thump noise when turning came back so I googled to see if there’s any other alternative or aftermarket sway bar bushing kit. I did find a forum post that mentioned a person making custom polyurethane bushing kits but they were too expensive for my taste. I searched a little more and I found out that Nissan actually updated the sway bar bushing design “Nissan 54613-ZL10A” so its opening cut is not on the bottom but to the side. I actually called up the dealership and found them to be cheaper than most online Nissan parts website but the second cheapest place I found them would be through a seller on Amazon.

 

Nissan 54613-ZL10A is the model number for it’s new sway bar bushing. I actually bought these at the dealership since they are cheaper but the link provided is the cheapest I can find on the internet compared to other websites.

Here’s removing the old bushing. You can’t tell but its all cracked and split in warped after a few months of use.

The back view of the old Moog K200347 Sway Bar Bushing.

Top view of the old bushing.

Old vs New bushing. The white streaks inside are actually grease. Notice the cut is to the side and not the bottom.

Bottom view.

Bushing installed. It’s nice seeing it not warped.

I’m not sure if this is a placebo but it does seem like there’s less rumble in the front. Maybe because its fully closed? I also noticed the turning is smoother. Maybe because there’s grease on the bushing? But it’s a nice to see the sway bar bushing not warped and no more thumping sound when turning.

Replacing my old Kenwood with a Pumpkin 7″ Quadcore Double Din Stereo

Back in 2009 I remember I got a Kenwood DNX5120 Double Din. It was really convenient, no need to pull out my phone to use the GPS, no need to burn CD’s for music; I could just plug in my flash drive and update the music and you could change the colors to match your cars dashboard lights. People were always asking about my stereo and would get surprised when I told them I installed it myself.  After 7 years of using it the screen would turn a bluish tint and the only way to correct it is by slamming the with my first. Eventually I got tired of slamming the dashboard and decided to replace the stereo.

So when I was researching stereos I was surprised that the big names such as Kenwood and Pioneer didn’t have any Android based stereos. The only maker that had an Android platform stereo was by Parrot and Hu Fei. If you didn’t know Hu fei is the manufacture and there are many branding companies such as Pumpkin, Volsmart, and Joying that will rebrand it.

 

The Parrot Asteroid

Or

Pumpkin Quad Core Double Din Stereo

I decided to go with the Pumpkin Quadcore Stereo for a few reasons:

  • Runs on Android 5.1 compared to Parrot’s Android 2.3 (Few years old)
  • Bigger ram. 1 GB vs 512 MB
  • Faster processor speed: Quad Core 1.6 Ghz vs Texas Instruments 800 Mhz
  • Has a volume nob. Trust me this is a nice convienent factor because you’ll be concentrated on the road and when Linkin Park hits the speakers at a volume level  of 30, you can just reach out and touch the volume nob instead of looking to see where the volume icon is.
  • Price is around $200 cheaper

Installation

The wiring was simple! All the colors matched up to my previous radio wiring harness I used so there was no issue or guessing needed. There was an issue with the GPS antenna  installation. The plug would hit a metal frame in my Nissan Xterra. The only way around it was to either cut the frame or look for a right angle connector which luckily exist.

Right angle GPS Antenna for Pumpkin Stereo

The Fit

The stereo did fit into my dashboard. It was a little snug from on the sides with my Nissan Xterra. There was no noticeable gaps on top but the bottom there is a small gap on the bottom of the stereo.

 

Overall Impression

Pros:

  • The screen is crisp and clear and has multi-touch feature.
  • Bluetooth is easy to use and connects right away when I’m in the car. I can stream music through my phone or answer phone calls.
  • No issue with voice calls through bluetooth
  • Good radio reception.
  • Installed the rear camera. It came in handy and works well.
  • Compatible with Torque. Really nice if you want to see real time data on your car or trouble shooting codes.
  • Solid Android Platform.
  • The was able to install Google maps and Waze to use as my GPS. The provided GPS navigation works fine, I just prefer Google maps or Waze since they have live traffic information.
  • Sound is good. Don’t notice a lost of quality compared to my Kenwood.
  • Easily swap out SD cards to update my songs.
  • Plays Youtube videos and check emails. Which you shouldn’t do if you’re driving.

Cons:

  • WiFi connection to my router was sketchy. It’ll disconnect a lot. However it worked fine on my phone hotspot.
  • Not the fastest boot time. Around 25 seconds but this does not bother me. I’m pretty patient.
  • Not a standard double din. For me it was a little tight on the side with a gap on the bottom but I did not need to cut anything to make it fit.

 

Overall I do like my Pumpkin Android stereo and would recommend it to others.