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Q Can I use an ear­lier pre-MPi wind­screen seal on my MPi Cooper? There is a lot of rust around the screen and I’ve been told that the MPi seal may have caused it. I’m hav­ing the car fully re­stored with a new scut­tle and dash rail, so I don’t want to have to re­place them again af­ter a few years. Rocket A The short an­swer here is, yes you can. Aside from the early MkI Mi­nis that didn’t have the screen seal re­cess around the screen aper­ture, the front screen panel has al­ways been the same on all Mi­nis. It was only the seal that was changed. Fit­ted to the Mi­nis start­ing in the early 1990s, the wider seal was fit­ted in an at­tempt to re­duce wind noise from the front screen area by smooth­ing out the ex­tra ridge formed by us­ing the ear­lier nar­row seal, ex­pos­ing the aper­ture re­cess ridge. The wider seal is renowned for be­ing a wa­ter trap that causes ex­ten­sive cor­ro­sion as you have ex­pe­ri­enced, though Rover’s dis­tinct lack of paint didn’t help either!

Wider screen seals can trap mois­ture.

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