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post #1 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Drive Door wont close?

I can't close my door at times...only way to do it is SLOWLY close it and pull it inwards when im inside. If not Slamming it real hard will close it.

The door is sagging a little could that be the problem?
Or is the striker just messing up?

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 02:13 PM
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replace your door hinge pins maybe? Mine did what yours is doing but only on the first REAL cold snow storm we had that places got over a foot-2 feet. (in northern jersey) I think thats because 1. my hinges are bad on the drive door(i can lift it up when its open about 6 inches and it has alot of place. and 2. All the ice on the door made it heavy not allowing it to line up.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 02:55 PM
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If you don't replace hinge pins ASAP, you will break the metal on the door around the latch from the slamming.

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 10:35 PM
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Mine did that and the metal around the latch was broken. I put a sheet-metal plate on it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 11:30 PM
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Please fill in what year,motor etc. your Jeep is so we will know what we are talking about.

The below is from the stickys.

Fix that sagging door from 95GC
Fix that sagging door!


I just fixed the sagging drivers door problem. Sorry, no pics

To do this,

1) Disconnect the wiring to the door. There is a torx screw holding it in.
2) Have a buddy hold up the door while you take out the 4 bolts holding it on.
3) Lay the door paint side down(on some soft stuff so you don't scratch it).
4) Grind off the cap on one end of the pin.
5) After it is gone, Tap out the pin.
6) Replace pins with part number 38422 from Advance Auto Parts.
The pin for the top hinge has to go in from the bottom.

Here I ran into a problem which turned out to be great. I sent my brother
to Advance to get the part. The guy at the counter handed him a 38423
instead. This part is for Dodge trucks. This part luckily has a clip to hold the
pin in. The 38422 part that is for the ZJ does not. So I used 38423 on the
top hinge, and 38422 on the bottom.

7) Re-hang the door, and re-connect the wires.
8) Use white lithium grease on all the hinge parts to get it swinging like new.

It took about 2 hours and about $15.00 to do this.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 11:49 PM
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First: Look at door hinges and determine if they are intact and good working order.
Next: Loosen the bolts that hold the door and adjust the door so it shuts.
Finally: Tighten the bolts so the door is snug and shuts properly.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-18-2011, 12:18 AM
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for me over the many years it is always the door pins because the brass bushings are worn slap out.

I have replaced them on some rides in 15 minutes or less.

I usually use old sofa cushions to lay the door down on after I remove it.

A helper is a very big help to hold the door in place while putting in the new pins and removing the old pins and door.

You can do it yourself but it takes way more time and thought.

On a side note here, the only door pins that I ever had to do were the drivers door always.

Go figure.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-18-2011, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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Its a 93 Laredo 4.0L AW4

I checked all the local and nearby auto part stores and non seem to have any pins for it or hinges.
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