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Unread 04-18-2005, 09:57 AM   #1
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Can't get my door off!!!!

Put the soft top on this past weekend. I was over my Mom's and had her boyfriend helping me. I bought this Jeep last year and the full sized hard doors have been on for at least 2-3 years. We greased them both up and were only able to get the driver's side off - with both of us lifting at it. The passenger door would not come off. And he's a big guy, and this was with both of us lifting. The whole Jeep was rocking. Greased it up more and still nothing. He commented that one of the hinges looked slight bent. Maybe that is the problem? There is a local Jeep shop nearby and I'm going to check with them to see if they can help. Any other thoughts?

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Unread 04-18-2005, 10:29 AM   #2
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two little thoughts - dunno if you tried them already: heat solves a LOT of problems... if you don't mind messing up the paint a little on the hinges put a propane torch to the hinges (heat makes the metal expand) and give it some good knocks with a solid mallet - i know you said you were both big guys, but sometimes good hits with a mallet shake things up better... but heat + mallet or soft headed hammer should free those things up... good luck
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Unread 04-18-2005, 10:34 AM   #3
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what i ended up having to do is taking the hinges off, cleaned them up nice while they were off too
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Unread 04-18-2005, 11:03 AM   #4
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Were u just picking up or were you twisting at the same time? Mine will not come out if i pick up i just flex my suspension. But if i open/close them while adding pressure they come right out.
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Unread 04-18-2005, 11:08 AM   #5
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... and don't forget to take the nut off the bottom of the pin.
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Unread 04-18-2005, 11:11 AM   #6
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We were open/closing the door while lifting up. That did the trick on the driver side, but no go on passenger. Also had a mallet and gave it some good whacks. Used a regular hammer too (paint is chipping there anyway). Didn't try heat, though. I'll probably have the Jeep shop (not a dealer - just one of those Jeep hobby/specialty shops) give it a whirl.
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Unread 04-18-2005, 11:11 AM   #7
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same here...it is impossible to just lift them out on mine, i need to swing the door back and forth to get them to lift out and it still takes a good 10 or 12 swings
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Unread 04-18-2005, 11:13 AM   #8
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when you put them back on, give them a light coat of 'never-sieze' bolt lubricant.
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Unread 04-18-2005, 11:14 AM   #9
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if the door opens and closes freely, than, the bent hinge should be be an issue, try having one person wiggle the door back and forth, and the other lift, make sure u lift as close to the hinges as possible
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Unread 04-18-2005, 01:41 PM   #10
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I had the same problem on my p/s door .. looked like the previous owner had tried tapping it off by hitting the threaded part of the hinge pin (messed it up). I soaked it in WD-40 .. removed the opening strap and moved the door back and forth over the whole swing .. eventually it lifted and came off. It now goes on and off like a dream
When I got the door off, I removed the top hinge from the door and rethreaded the damaged pin.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 08:11 PM   #11
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did you do anything to the door before putting the hinge back on? I've thought about taking the hinges off with the door (my p/s door is stuck, i'v tried everything), but I'm worried once the paint's broken I'll end up having rust issues behind the hinge.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 08:13 PM   #12
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I had the same problem on my p/s door .. looked like the previous owner had tried tapping it off by hitting the threaded part of the hinge pin (messed it up). I soaked it in WD-40 .. removed the opening strap and moved the door back and forth over the whole swing .. eventually it lifted and came off. It now goes on and off like a dream
When I got the door off, I removed the top hinge from the door and rethreaded the damaged pin.
did you do anything to the door before putting the hinge back on? I've thought about taking the hinges off with the door (my p/s door is stuck, i'v tried everything), but I'm worried once the paint's broken I'll end up having rust issues behind the hinge.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 08:16 PM   #13
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Eyeball in which direction the pin is bent. Use a long steel drift and a hammer to gently tweak it true. If the pin is bent in towards the body, you have to pull it back. You can do this in various ways, either by pulling the pin out or prying it from behind. If you pry, place a thin piece of wood in between to protect the paint. Make sure you bend from where the pin is bent. If the bend starts a bit down, then straightening it just makes an S shape. Use care and logic and observation and you will get it.

Remember the #1 rule of metal work - two dozen light taps are better than one big one.

Once you get it enough to get the door off, then eyeball the pin again to make sure it is perfect. That will be the end of your pin woes.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 08:57 PM   #14
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i used a HD rachet strap for garage ceiling and wiggled it and it too a lot of time because the doors had never been off... and old guy was the only owner
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