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Rear window scratches

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by CFTOA, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. Sep 1, 2019 at 4:05 PM
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    CFTOA

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    Hey all,

    Noticed these on the rear window on my used 2012 SR5:

    https://imgur.com/a/h3vgo7t

    Not sure if they were there before, or if I caused them but was just curious how common this issue is!

    I'd imagine given the rear wiper /power window there is no real way to prevent this issue?

    Cheers and thanks

    Tyson
     
  2. Sep 2, 2019 at 1:43 PM
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    Do they line up with the license plate screws?
     
  3. Sep 2, 2019 at 1:56 PM
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    I am guessing tiny rocks got caught in your weather striping.
    Just my first thought... :notsure:
     
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    Debris in weatherstrip


    Wat?
     
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    Appreciate all the help.

    The flash makes it look worse than it is.

    Is this sort of thing inevitable with use, or would there have been some pretty serious debris in there to make this happen?

    Either way will try to keep it clean going forward
     
  6. Sep 2, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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    My tundra had them pretty bad in front and passenger side. I’m slightly paranoid when rolling down windows on my new runner lol
     
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    You should see my windows on my work truck from the salt in the winter.
    6 months after a tint & they get completely streaked.
    I will get pics tomorrow @ work.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2019 at 3:29 PM
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    On another forum someone had put sheet metal screws that we too long instead of the machine screws.
     
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    Ahh gotcha. Wasn’t sure the correlation lol
     
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    Not sure about the screws, dealer threw the plates on. Maybe they are too long? Looks more like dirt / rocks tho
     
  11. Sep 13, 2019 at 5:18 PM
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    Looks like it wasn't the license plate screws thankfully.

    I do have a similar small scratch on my driver side window, got me thinking... Is it possible it could be the felt window guides? On my last vehicle (Subaru) it was incredibly common for the felt pads to wear and cause scratching.. or is it more likely the weather stripping?

    Thanks again for all the help
     
  12. Sep 13, 2019 at 7:07 PM
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    I think it's from a sand grain getting stuck in the felt. All it takes is one grain of sand and one up/down cycle.
     
  13. Sep 14, 2019 at 12:35 PM
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    Ok awesome... In that case I'll just make sure to keep the weather stripping clean / maintained.

    I don't have a ton of scratches yet and want to keep it that way!

    Have you heard of anyone replacing the felt guides on these vehicles or is that not necessary?


    Cheers!
     
  14. Sep 14, 2019 at 4:09 PM
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    Ya know, you could probably ignore the weather strip from here forward and never have a problem again. It's just that one random grain of sand that gets situated just right, and then does the damage.

    But you might stick something in there to see if that grain of sand is still stuck in there. But it probably isn't. Probably got pushed out/dislodged on the up/down cycle right after the damage was done.
     
  15. Sep 15, 2019 at 6:41 AM
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    in the snow belt this is common .. my runner I get the hose out and wash off that rear window because it loads up with road debris.. if the windows are dirty all do not move them .. esp in the winter with de icing materials or if your an off road person.
     
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