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Old 03-09-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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hardtop vents

So I was being a moron and saw the vents were loose on both sides of my hardtop. So I pulled at them and tried to detach them...didnt work. Now they are loose and some of the weather stripping is off. My question is how to fix that so it doesnt leak? Can I use some adhesive or caulk to seal it back on?

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Old 03-09-2011, 08:56 AM   #2
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I don't know that its leak so much as have the things stay secured. When you push them in there's tabs that catch the inside of the hardtop. The gasket provides some tension so they don't rattle around but if the gasket is too thick, you can't push them in far enough for the tabs to catch or the tension actualy cause the vent assembly to come apart. Make sure your vent assembly is secured together...glue, melt the little joiner pins, whatever. Then try to reinstall them. I cut my tabs off just a whisker to make sure they popped out. You may need to evaluate your gaskets and replace if necessary. Self adhesive foam stipping should work.

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The tabs fail to catch even when pressed flush against the hardtop. How do I pull them all the way out? Just use a little screw driver because a few of the tabs I cant get to pop out. I am afraid of breaking them.

So you think once I get them out to use some foam weather stripping type tape thats not to thick to seal around the vent against the jeep.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:22 AM   #4
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I used black silicone on mine. I put the silicone on the vent and pushed them back in and some duct tape to hold them in place over night worked good for me.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:42 AM   #5
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Sounds like a good plan. To home depot I go
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