Civic’s Doors Tighten When the Windows Close

Q. I bought a new 2013 Honda Civic from a dealer and have a question about the doors.  When I raise the windows to the full closed position, I can feel the door being drawn in to a tighter position.  When I took it back to the dealer, he told me they were designed to work that way.  This seems to be a Mickey Mouse method to tighten the door shut.  Can this be true?

A. In many cars today, when the windows are fully closed, you can feel the door/window frame flex. I don’t believe this has anything to do with the sealing of the door but more just how the door and windows are constructed. In the case of your Honda, I would just chalk it up to a characteristic of the car.

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