Hi. I own a 2018 CR-V EX-L purchased back in March 2018. I live in a serious winter climate and do not have a garage. The weather strip on the bottom of Both the driver's side doors has torn- these are the doors i use regularly to load myself and my dog into the car. One occurred in November, the other in December. Dealer has replaced one under warranty and the second replacement is scheduled. Cause is "unknown" but now I regularly inspect the bottom of my doors on opening.
Two theories about this so far:
1. water from above: due to specific leaks above the door bottom weather strip water ends up between the weather strip and the door and freezes. This causes tears when opening the door. I don't know where the water I have observed is coming from, but it is certainly finding the low point.
2. water from below: the weather strip was not installed correctly at the factory or there is a design or door fit flaw and it is not moisture from above but from below coming between the door and the strip in the form of slush/snow when driving on unplowed pavement and gravel roads. This then freezes and causes the tear upon opening the door.
Has anyone had a similar problem or observed either of these possible causes: rivulets of moisture above the strip or slush kicked up between the strip the the door?? I certainly don't want to end up spending 100/door per season to repair the weather strip once outside of my warranty! (my estimate based on part cost plus labor time) And winters are not exactly short here.
I've documented this with Honda North America with an email and accompanying photos.
Thank you in advance