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Surprise Fix

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Kevin Batchelor, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Kevin Batchelor

    Kevin Batchelor Copenworld Member

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    Hi Guys

    I bought some Auto Glym vinyl and rubber protector for the rubber seals on the roof joints.

    It has stopped squeaks and......

    I sprayed a tiny amount on the seat belt guide on the seat and also on the area where the seat belt goes back into the retraction area - and now it DOES NOT stick anymore - it glides back effortlessly!

    Just thought it might be useful for others to know to get those pesky seat belts sliding quickly!

    Kevin
     
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  2. Jezza

    Jezza Copenworld Newbie

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    Nice one , will try that too !!
     
  3. DaG

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    Does it dry and also continue to work after a few uses of the belts?
     
  4. Kevin Batchelor

    Kevin Batchelor Copenworld Member

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    It has lasted 3 days since I did it! So looking good so far! I sprayed the seat belt guide as well as the mechanism inside the housing of the seat belt. I pulled it back and forth a few times when i sprayed and the difference was immediate.

    Also - it is amazing that the squeaks in the roof have disappeared since I applied the stuff with a cloth. Amazing difference.

    I also used the stuff on the dash and doors - They gleam!

    Cheers guys

    Kevin
     
  5. Kevin Batchelor

    Kevin Batchelor Copenworld Member

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    By the way - the stuff is Auto Glym vinyl and rubber care (not protector)
     
  6. Kevin Batchelor

    Kevin Batchelor Copenworld Member

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    One week later - no squeaks form the hood and the SEAT BELTS slide back by themselves!!!! Success!

    By the way I applied 2 coats of Auto Glym vinyl and rubber care - and twice sprayed into the seat belt return mechanism!

    Kevin
     
  7. Adam K

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    Did you take the interior out & actual spray it on the seatbelt mechanism?
    Or just at the top where it comes out?
     
  8. Kevin Batchelor

    Kevin Batchelor Copenworld Member

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    Hi Adam

    Just at the top where it comes out - I sprayed into the opening

    Kevin
     
  9. Adam K

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    Right gotcha.
     
  10. alz2605

    alz2605 Copenworld Regular

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    Thought I'd revive this thread after stumbling onto it the other day.

    So I thought I'd try out Auto Glym vinyl and rubber care on the the roof seals to see if it made any difference to rattles & noises in the Cabin. To my absolute astonishment rubbing this stuff onto the roof seals has pretty much eliminated all the rattling noises in the cabin :eek:

    I couldn't believe how quiet the ride was this afternoon. I'm so amazed as to me it didn't sound like the noise was coming from the roof at all. I assumed the rattling was down to the panels behind the chairs! I'd even thought of getting small rubber washers to fix onto the plastic pin things that held the panels in place.

    I tried it on the seat belts too but I didn't get a drastic difference like the original poster.

    It remains to be seen how long the effects will last on the roof rattles but even if I have to apply it every couple of weeks it'll be worth it! I still can't get over what a drastic difference this stuff has made!
     
  11. Old Badger

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    Bought this stuff as recommended and cleaned everything I could see! Looks amazing! Haven't yet tried it out on the road to see if roof rattles are improved because it hasn't stopped raining long enough here for days!! Interestingly, Mrs Old Badger has discovered the qualities of this product and is applying it all over the house! Fantastic for TVs, set top boxes, etc.
     
  12. Rex

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    I've bought some too, but haven't tried it as yet.
     
  13. Number6

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    I got some today, and sprayed it down the opening for the belt.

    It made a non-trivial difference - so much so that I put the guides back on, after soaking them in the magic spray! It's still a bit meh, but it's far better than what it was.

    I think what I'll do next is spray the belt itself and see if that will help, as I think it will.

    When the weather gets good, I'll try it on the roof.
     
  14. Number6

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    After a while, the guides (not the opening) reduces the pulling ability of the belt - time to remove the guides again!

    On the plus side, NO MORE RATTLING ROOF. I mean, I was really really impressed with how quiet the entire roof is now and how much... safer... I feel driving the car. I know that sounds a bit weird, but I really do feel like the car isn't going to fall apart at any minute!
     
  15. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    I've got to agree, that auto-glym stuff does get rid of a lot of the rattles, also adds shine to the plastics.

    Good stuff.
     
  16. Number6

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    After about 2 weeks, it needs to be redone again. Not to the same extent as before (although I did use a lot of it initially on the roof).

    Has anyone noticed any paint issues? I've been worried about that, so used a lot of rags to protect the paint.
     
  17. alz2605

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    Did my 2nd coating today after noticing the rattles returning at the end of last week. Well over a month between applications so more than happy.

    Not noticed any problems on the paint.
     
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  18. trustafox

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    I guess the spray only puts a thin coating on the rubber, and being a spray much of it goes everywhere besides where you want it. Hence the cloths covering the paintwork etc but I'd doubt it would damage the paintwork as that wouldn't be good advertising for AG. So I'm not surprised the squeaks started to come back and it does appear to be for a quick spray and shine on plastic too, not a specific rubber rejuvenater but give it that nice shiny black look .

    I used silicon grease on mine last year. A fair bit of it (only talking like 5 to 10 mL) and took me a fair while also as I did every rubber seal. I could load a small part of a cloth with it and just use tip of my finger to apply so didn't have the bother of a spray going everywhere. The purpose was for it to soak in the rubber and rejuvenate it, allowing it to keep supple and not to dry and split. After I had done the rubbers did look black again but had a greasy/slimy layer to it. This implies it had more applied than a spray but after some time that look did go as it probably soaked into the rubber. If the little bit of AG spray does the same and migrates into the rubber core, no wonder its surface is the same as before application and the squeaks return. All that I put on hopefully penetrates into the rubber filling the voids but leaving some at the surface for longer squeak free running.

    After doing my rubbers last year I'm still in no rush to re-do them again. :) either that or I'm oblivious to the squeaks coming from them :eek:. I'll have to purposely listen out for them on my next drive and report back.

    I also used it on the plastic fascias/trims as had the cloth in hand, well end of finger, and did a fine job. Again takes much longer than a spray and I would say a spray is a better idea here for hard internal plastics that you just want a better cosmetic finish. The rubbers are a physical issue and I feel requires a different product. Additionally, it did have a bit of a sticky finish on the internal plastics and being less porous than rubber would probably take longer to soak in (if at all) so I had buffed these up afterwards with a clean/dry part of the cloth (or a different cloth, can't recall now) to remove most excess. But again was very happy with the finish.

    I hope to be using the same rubber long into the future. :D

    NOTE: my finger did ache by the end of it! :(
     
  19. JulesAtCumbria

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    Wow, Trustafox, thanx for the comprehensive guide - can well imagine that your fingers are worn to the bone! :-(( This video from Autoglym seems to suggest that they apply the stuff by cloth rather than spraying it on directly, at least inside the car:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APFb12oAajI

    Next trip to Halfords I'm defo gonna get some of this stuff - like everyone else the seat belts are well sticky :mad: (passengers are always stumped!) and I'm fascinated to see if I can replicate the difference in roof rattles that everyone else seems to have found. :think:
     
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