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Windshield Cowl Seal Replacement
In order to have some leak protection around the windshield, replacement of the windshield cowl seal is a must. Windshield cowl seals are exposed to the elements are made of foam rubber so they are prone to drying out and cracking. When this happens, water tends to collect and eventually channels are formed and the water leaks into the Jeep.
So, a new windshield cowl seal was obtained through eBay. This was ordered up for the 1976 Jeep CJ-5, but it says that these fit all Jeeps from 1976-1986. It is relatively cheap insurance at around $25.00 for the part.
So, it came in and the replacement was underway. There are about 6 screws that hold this to the bottom of the windshield frame. These six Phillips head screws are removed and the old windshield cowl seal is peeled away.
So, with the old one off, the new one was taken out of the package and placed into position to test the fit. It lined up perfectly, so the screws were put back into place and the new windshield cowl seal was on.
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
So, my lessons learned here would have to be that you might want to put a little sealer in place to hold the new cowl seal. The ones that I have taken off have never had this, but it might not be a bad idea for extra sealing power. This must remain flexible and easy to remove since you may have to do this in the future.
This is a pretty easy thing to do for some extra insurance against leaks getting into the Jeep. The old windshield cowl seal was pretty dry rotted and water was collecting in the front sill part as well as coming through the dry rotted channels. In time, water build up would have led to collecting in places and rust starting and that is never good. Take your time and this is a very easy replacement.

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