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Old 09-06-2018, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default Sliding Door Lower Mechanism Replacement

I have been nursing my sliding door along for awhile now, but unfortunately it has come time that I have to replace the lower slide mechanism as the roller on the end of the mechanism's arm has totally disintegrated and fallen off.

From my searches around this forum on replacing the lower slide mechanism, it looks like the Sprinter step well liner has to be removed to replace the mechanism. On our Westfalias removing the step well liner is complicated by our extended floor that overhangs the step well and the storage compartment that is actually in the step well. I am thinking that I have to at least remove the storage compartment that hangs down from the extended floor and is riveted to the rear wall of the step well.

Before I start disassembling things, I thought I would post to see if anyone else has tackled this job on our Westfalias and could shed some light on the process to possible shorten my learning curve ?
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: Sliding Door Lower Mechanism Replacement

I have the same problem.
I tried replacing the lower roller once, but got stuck and gave up.
The top of the compartment is glued to the wooden floor. I tried to cut the glue with a knife (broke 2), but it didn't work.

So... +1 ! if anyone knows a way, pls enlighten us
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: Sliding Door Lower Mechanism Replacement

I have replaced the top and middle roller and spent $200 to get it adjusted and it is too smooth now! It rolls so easy I apply too much force out of habit!. I too am stumped as how to replace the bottom roller. Do we have to remove the entire floor?
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:17 AM   #4
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Default Re: Sliding Door Lower Mechanism Replacement

I have replaced my bottom roller. Tricky and Iíll see if i can give instructions soon.


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Old 09-12-2018, 07:53 PM   #5
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I have replaced my bottom roller. Tricky and Iíll see if i can give instructions soon.


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That would be much appreciated. My parts came today, but with Hurricane Florence coming I wont be pulling my door off anytime soon. I actually have that side of the Westfalia covered with a tarp right now.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:28 AM   #6
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The two weeks of rain we've been having finally let up so I could get to working on my door again.

I accomplished the removal yesterday and once into it, it was pretty easy only taking me about two hours. I will list the process.

1. remove black metal edging from around the Westy floor that extends over the step well by removing the visible screws and sliding trim off
2. cut black adhesive holding metal Westy step well storage bin to Sprinter step and pull storage bin out of step well (I used a short metal cutting blade in a sawzall to cut the adhesive)
3. remove single screw holding black plastic trim that surrounds front part of step well and pry black plastic trim up off of the two clips holding it in place
4. locate the square removable plugs in step that are hiding the step bolts and pry out the plugs with a tiny flat bladed screw driver
5. remove step bolts including the forward one recessed down that deep hole after fabricating an attachment for my vacuum cleaner to suck out 15 years of debris
6. briefly manipulate the now loose step and wonder how the hell it comes out from the step well given the Westy plywood floor extension that is in the way
7. pull off the sliding door seal and the right side passenger door seal from the b pillar in order to remove the grey plastic interior trim covering the b pillar
8. remove lower bolt holding the passenger seat belt to the b pillar
9. pull off the b pillar interior trim to allow more room to manipulate the step out of the step well
10. pull step up, twist and remove from step well

I was excited to see how little rust there was in my step well, especially considering some of the pictures I've seen on this forum from other Sprinters . The only real rust is surface rust caused by the lower sliding door arm sans roller scrapping the paint off of the step well. A little prep and some paint and it will be good as new.

Putting it all back in place should be pretty easy. It's adjusting the many variables on the sliding door that has me nervous. I had successfully adjusted the sliding door a couple of times previously, but only had to deal with a couple of the variable adjustments. Now that I am replacing all three of the support arms I will be starting almost from scratch on the sliding door adjustment, which seems like a daunting task. Yikes! But first, I have to wait for two more days or rain to clear before I proceed. I think I am going to order a new sliding door seal as the original one was torn some along the bottom, plus I suspect some of the leaking I was occasionally getting through the sliding door was some fatigue in the 15 year old seal.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:32 AM   #7
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Here's a picture of my two sliding door lower arms, the roller and bearing were completely gone on the original one on the left in the picture.
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:34 PM   #8
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Default Re: Sliding Door Lower Mechanism Replacement

You might replace one roller at a time to minimize the variables on the door adjustment. It was $200 or so to have my door adjusted at a Sprinter shop. I put sharpie marks on the parts for future reference because I had to take the rear one off because the door lock wires had gotten pinched between the door and the latch and shorted out. Be sure the wires are in the clear!
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Default Re: Sliding Door Lower Mechanism Replacement

Robert, don't throw away the old door seal just yet. I've replaced mine a few times, and after driving the door seal into the corners and curves of the door frame really good, I always end up with the seal a little short, as in the two ends don't meet. I used a section of another seal (about an inch or two), and glued the ends to fill the gap. I used some plastic tubing as a ferrule of sorts to slide into the round section of the seal to help align all the ends together...
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:23 AM   #10
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Thanks for the suggestions MrTomacco and Riptide.

I put everything back together today, but the center roller arm wont seem to hold the door in the proper alignment. Frustrating. I posted a question in the T1N Forum asking for help.
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