Replacing the lower window seal on the driver side - called Belt Side Moulding

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by mozdzen, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. mozdzen

    mozdzen Active Member

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    Has anyone done this? It looks like the outside seal/rubber split in two and it now sags in the middle and makes a flapping sound when I driver over 50 mph.

    thought the sound was coming from the wheel well, but I think it is the weather stripping.

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
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    I believe I found the part number and a previous thread showing how to replace it:

    Driver's window moulding | PriusChat

    The service tech told me that the trick to getting the old clip off is to use a skinny tool with a 90 degree bend at the end. This is used to push on a little level behind the clip which releases the catch.

    I ended up bending the old one severely, but no worries as it was broken anyway.
    The dealer had the best price - $41. Internet sites had it at $41 with an additional $12 of shipping. The thing is quite long - 3 feet or so.

    Turned out to be an easy installation and the horrible flapping noise is gone.
     
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    Hi Mozdzen,
    The thread you linked to in your second post (with p/n and how to replace) is for a Gen II prius. Was the p/n the same as for your Gen III? I also have a Gen III (2011) and this seal has been failing since the car was about 3 years old. Trying to find the right p/n for my Gen III if you have it and a good source to procure from...

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I did this repair myself this past weekend and have a photo history of the part number to the finished look with the window closed. This is my first time on the site, so I hope I can post these images. Once I got started it took me about 5 minutes per side. The Toyota dealer charged me $65 each and wanted $70 each side to replace them. Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 1.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 1.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 2.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 3.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 4.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 5.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 6.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 7.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 8.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 9.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 10.jpg Prius 2010 Window belt repair - 11.jpg
     
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    Sorry - didn't see this until today. It was basically the same. I got my part from the dealership and asked for installation tips. I can't remember what the tip was, but something about bending a clip in the existing molding to make it easier to remove.
     
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    Anybody have better instructions/video on how to remove window belt?

    ONEPLUS A5010 ?
     
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    Insert butter knife about one inch down the window belt (door opening side, not hinge side.) Push in then twist knife, you will get a piece of the window belt to pop up. Grab that piece and gently lift up, it will lift out all the way to the end.

    To install, place new part in corner (hinge side of door), press down then work the length of belt into the channel. Everything will snap into place. Literally 2 minute job. Dealer charging $70 should be ashamed!
     
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    Mendel Leisk Sunday driver DIY’r

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    Maybe. Probably their minimum, 1/2 hour charge.

    Thanks for the tips though. (y)
     
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