New to the forum here, so my apologies if this is answered elsewhere, I did a search but didn't find much.
I took the doors off of my 2010 JK Unlimited for the first time this week. Two of the doors were a bit tough to get off, one of which required me to use a jack to get it off (lesson learned: have a buddy keep their hands on the door at all times when doing so, or the door with fly off when finally unstuck). I had to put them back on due to some rain, and went to take at least the front ones off again. One of the sticky ones was just as tough as the first time.
What can I do to prep the hinges to make it easier next time? I'd assume there is some buildup in there (I live in the northeast) but I don't want to clean out any lube/oil that is in there and only make things harder. Or do I just hit it with a bunch of WD40 when putting them back on, and hope it gets better?
Thanks for any thoughts and suggestions. I loved my jeep before, but now getting the doors off is really a blast!
You can take the bushings out, clean it up, grease (I use a a dielectric synthetic grease called "superlube" which is clear, doesn't take on water/salt, and stays greasy/doesn't dry out), reassemble, grease the pins, and you won't have any more problems. Just as anything else, an ounce of maintenance is worth a pound of cure.
Other-than-that, you can also get the delrin bushings from Magnitude engineering (or others?) - these are best bought when on sale (got mine for half-price). The delrin bushings shouldn't be mixed with most forms of grease (delrin will swell up).
Yeah, with the OEM bushings you'll need grease. Biggest problem with those is that they end up wearing, wear the pins, get wet, then everything gets rusty. Cleaning and greasing them once is the solution - then you won't have any future problems.
I use a short 2x4 and a rag under the door and pry up from the door jamb...
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