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Old 07-26-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default Front Door Adjustment

As luck will have it, during one of our cross country travels I had to stop on the side of the road within a construction zone so that one of my sons could take a leak!

It was a spur of the moment with no time to think, much less react, so I had to stop the van, jump out of the driver's seat, run around to the side door, and help my son out.

The side of the van was maybe 5 feet from the oncoming vehicles on the right lane. In a construction zone, there weren't many (safe) areas to stop. The good thing is my son made it. The unfortunate thing is my door didn't, like in this thread...

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I knew about this, yet the draft from the moving vehicles was so strong it whipped the door handle out of my hand. I had enough grip to prevent it from opening hard, but not enough to stop this from happening...
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You can barely see from the bottom door hinge how the outer skin flares out. Not real noticeable if you're not looking, but...

...it was enough to cause the door latch to sag.
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The sag caused some rubbing and a very noticeable "clunk" when closing the door.
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To alleviate this, I would pull up on the door handle before closing the door. After a year of this, I finally got tired.
With a floor jack and some wood to support the weight of the door...
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...I used a T45 torx socket to loosen the door hinges.

After loosening 1, 2, 3, and 4, and some trial and error adjustments, I finally figured out to...
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1. Adjust the jack to the right height; +/-
2. Use only bolts 1 and 4 (snug tight) during the adjustment process.
3. Once I found the correct door placement, tighten up all the bolts.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Front Door Adjustment

Latch finally adjusted correctly.
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Of course, no job of mine is perfect without some damage.
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I'll touch up the paint that rubbed off during the adjustment.

Now, my door closes with the right T1N door "clang!"
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thats a lovely colour"color" seek i also like the little red handsvery nice.
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Default Re: Front Door Adjustment



Adjusting the passenger door was the very first thing I did when I got my van home. It never occurred to me to write it up because I take it for granted (years of owning and doing bodywork on vintage cars). Good job!

Now if someone could figure out a way to "damp" the T1N doors swing (outward travel only), that would be a wonderful thing!
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:11 AM   #5
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thats a lovely colour"color" seek i also like the little red handsvery nice.
I was at another computer and it didn't have the arrows that I'm use to using. Thanks Max.

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Now if someone could figure out a way to "damp" the T1N doors swing (outward travel only), that would be a wonderful thing!
I wonder if one of these foam tubes can be slipped over the door stop behind the door panel ...
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...just enough to do the job.

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Old 07-27-2012, 02:39 AM   #6
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Default Re: Front Door Adjustment

I'm not a licensed plumber, but in Seattle, homeowners are allowed to drill holes in their own walls, cut out galvanized pipe, cut new copper pipe and put it in the walls, sand, flux and solder joints with the same tools licensed plumbers use.... and we can do it w/o a permit or an inspection.

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Sometimes I wrap pipe with split insulation that might hug a door and compress harmlessly against fragile paint.

.... not that I'd be smart enough to use residential pipe insulation for anything automotive.



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Second try doing this. Door now clicks closed with light push or tug. A before after pic, note the door is open further in the lh before pic. To reiterate the two "silver" bolts at the top hinge are for the mirror not the door?



Anyone ever try an R&R of the hinge pins?
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So you adjusted the lock not the door centering? I was wondering how to hold the whole door, and feared it closing and NEVER opening again.

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Just like the OP I used boards and a jack to support the door, loosened the hinge bolts, added a bit of lift to the jack so the bolts were at the limits of the holes in the door and retightened. The latch then closed easily, but later that evening in 0 degree temps the latch wasn't catching again. I then noticed the inner handle was not returning COMPLETELY to the recessed position. I pushed the handle in that last 1/2" and the latch again clicked shut. This was repeatable, if the handle doesn't return completely the latch doesn't "catch". An R&R of the interior door trim and lube of the internal door lock mechanisms is next up.

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My door handle is hard to pull open on the drivers door. As a result the retainer clip on the control cable that connects the inner door handle to the cable broke. Does anyone know where I can get one - part number?
I will be doing this door adjustment.
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