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Username Post: how to adjust/get doors to shut properly?
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05-12-19 07:08 PM - Post#2766263    
    In response to WagonMan

As Charles suggested, you may have worn hinge pins or bent hinges. Open the door about half way and pick up on the back end. The vehicle should move up with the door almost immediately. If the door moves a lot before the body moves, the hinge pins are worn. If the body moves with the door right away, it is possible the hinges are bent.

What you should do when you adjust the door is not to loosen all of the bolts on both hinges at once. First check the height of the door at the front near the windshield post and fender. If the height of the front of the door is okay, you can go ahead and try to adjust the drop at the rear. Loosen all of the bolts on the top hinge and two of the three on the bottom hinge. This will keep the height the same, but allow the door to pivot. Raise the rear of the door up (a jack with a 2 x 4 wrapped with a towel put under the door shell will help make this a one person job), and then tighten the bolts. If the door is still low, repeat the procedure but loosen all of the lower hinge bolts and two of the top hinge bolts. Both times check to see if the door moved on the hinges. The top should move forward and the bottom rearward. If the door has moved in the direction it should, the rear of the door should be raised. If it hasn’t raised up or not enough, the hinges are probably bent. If it does raise up enough, you may need to fine tune the adjustment to make the door to fender and door to quarter gaps even and consistent.
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