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Username Post: express sliding door won't stay open        (Topic#355241)
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02-14-19 04:42 PM - Post#2759942    

anyone know how to tighten siding side door on 2016 express so that it doesn't roll shut on a slight incline? it is ridiculous how the slightest incline will release door and shut it. up till now I have been able to park at jobs on flat or facing up hill, but I am going to be at this new project for 8 -10 months and will have to park facing down hill if I want to get tools out of side door....

2016 express 3500
1999 suburban 1500
1969 nova
1974 k5 blazer


 
wagonman100 
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02-14-19 08:36 PM - Post#2759959    
    In response to chevrolation

I’m not familiar with the Express vans specifically, but most vans these days have a latch to hold the door in the open position. If you look at the arm that holds the lower part of the door near the front, there should be some kind of latch. There may be A.C. over over it so it may not be obvious. There should be a corresponding striker at the rear of the door opening for the latch to engage with. If there is a latch, yours may be broken or need lubrication.

Jay
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02-15-19 04:29 PM - Post#2760007    
    In response to wagonman100

it would be nice if it had a latch....as far as I can see it is just a small plastic wheel that bottom roller bumps into and puts a little tension on it, VERY LITTLE.

2016 express 3500
1999 suburban 1500
1969 nova
1974 k5 blazer


 
wagonman100 
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02-15-19 06:51 PM - Post#2760015    
    In response to chevrolation

That’s a shame. Most sliding door vans have a latch. But I deal mostly with minivans and most of the full size vans we get have the double doors on the side. We did just have one with a slider, but I didn’t work on it, so I didn’t know if it had a latch or not. The only thing I can suggest is either using a bungee cord or strap to hold it open or cutting a piece of wood the appropriate length to place between the jamb and door to hold it open.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
454cid 
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02-15-19 08:04 PM - Post#2760019    
    In response to chevrolation

If it's a 2016, would it have any warranty left?

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02-16-19 02:04 PM - Post#2760055    
    In response to 454cid

yes it does, but there isn't anything broken. It has been like this from day one, last van I had with a slider was 18 years ago, and that one actually latched in the full open position and un latched only when you pulled the handle to close....as far as i can see there is nothing like that on this van.

2016 express 3500
1999 suburban 1500
1969 nova
1974 k5 blazer


 
454cid 
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02-16-19 06:34 PM - Post#2760072    
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  • chevrolation Said:
yes it does, but there isn't anything broken. It has been like this from day one, last van I had with a slider was 18 years ago, and that one actually latched in the full open position and un latched only when you pulled the handle to close....as far as i can see there is nothing like that on this van.



Let the dealer be the judge of that. A door shouldn't just shut like that, and there could be something that you are over looking.


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Matt 
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02-17-19 05:53 PM - Post#2760138    
    In response to 454cid

Agreed. I'm certain its not designed to do that. Have it looked at by warranty.



 
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02-18-19 04:57 AM - Post#2760167    
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Yeah, taking it in is kinda why I let it go this long,I'm just working too much to be with out it.I did complain to my sales men he is there after service closes,he says it looks like that is the way it is supposed to be,but we could make an appointment with the service dept. I was hoping someone here has an express with a sliding door,it is easier to fix things myself after work than missing half a day at dealership

2016 express 3500
1999 suburban 1500
1969 nova
1974 k5 blazer


 
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02-18-19 10:33 AM - Post#2760201    
    In response to chevrolation

That sounds highly irritating and actually dangerous.
I think this has been a issue for awhile now.
Having to do with the hump at the back of the lower track not being enough to hold the door.
There should be a actual latch to click the door into place, or at least a good magnetic setup.

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