Avant rear side window "seal" fix

Ed Kellock ekellock at gmail.com
Sun Feb 19 11:56:53 PST 2012

I have been wondering what causes it to wrinkle... something not visible
that shrinks... What's up with that bit...  could it be cut/notched every
little bit to relax the shrinking, could it be cut away and somehow replaced
with something else?  

Too much brain activity this morning I guess.


-----Original Message-----
From: quattro-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:quattro-bounces at audifans.com] On
Behalf Of urq
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 12:40 PM
To: quattro at audifans.com
Subject: RE: Avant rear side window "seal" fix

Thanks for passing along the BTDT Tony!  That process should also apply to
other vehicles with fixed side windows (like my old 2-door Fox and the urq)
I remember on the Fox I gooped the gaps with RTV.  This should also work on
front and rear windshields too ...

I only wonder how long the repair will last ...

Steve Buchholz

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Hoffman
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2012 3:33 PM
Subject: Avant rear side window "seal" fix

For those of you who own an Avant that has the bunched up/wavy rear side
trim, my employee just showed me a trick that I can't believe I never
thought of. He took a heat gun, carefully heated the "rubber" part of the
trim, and pulled it straight with pliers. Probably 10 minutes each side
(drivers side was worse on this one) and it looks nearly like new. He said
he had done this to his former boss' car and it held up well. We shall see
this summer with the Texas heat, but certainly looks much better and had me
pretty excited. I've been installing the euro's, took off the roof racks,
pushde the bumpers in about 3/8", eliminated teh center tail black piece.
I'm going to eliminate the pinstripe, should have it done this week. I'll
post a link to pics then.

I know several others have posted solutions to this, as it was discussed
recently, but this is an incredibly easy fix, so thought I'd post it.

BTW, this one is a 1989 100 Avant 5-speed FWD. I bought it from the second
owner here in Houston. He has owned it for the last 12 years, was in Mass
for the previous owner for the first 10 years of it's life.

Wish it were Quattro, but they didn't bring 100 Avant's here in Quattro :(

At least it's a 5-speed!


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