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Old 01-10-2007, 04:30 PM   #1
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Anyone ever had an issue with their front driver door sagging and not closing properly? The door is aligned properly. far as I can tell the pin is worn.

I went to the dealership this afternoon and figured I'd just buy a hinge and swap it out - then I got the price and was told it involves welding.

So I thought-why not just pop out the pin and was told I can't. This came straight from the body shop tech.

So what can I do? I haven't pulled the door off to really look at it - I figured I'd try here before I turn any bolts.

I can't believe that the door pins don't come out. They are pictured on the dealer tech sheet.

Anyone?
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:00 PM   #2
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Since I have the same problem, I was hoping to just replace the hinge pin and bushings, like I have in other cars.

I need to go out and look at the door again anyway, but I am kind of hoping to do this next spring, because I want to drive around without the doors for a weekend anyway [smilie=bal_cool.gif]

I'll go look when I get home and see what is involved.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:14 PM   #3
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That's exactly what I thought. The dude at the parts counter couldn't connect two words together. It was like pulling teeth to get him to look up the parts at all. He had me totally confused.

All the doors I've worked on, the pin got pulled, new one popped in. I can't believe that it's that complicated.

I'm going to check it out closer myself but it's colder than snot out here in CT with the wind chill outside. I'll wait til it's a bit warmer out.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:18 PM   #4
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I'll let you know in a few days if replacing the pins fixes the hanging door. i just ordered a pin set from eBay for my '95 ZJ:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=220069803978

The seller has other years for Jeeps.

I'm fixing mine asap as the door latch could become really damaged upon closing if left alone.
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Old 01-10-2007, 06:15 PM   #5
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Sweet.

I'll post any findings I come across in the mean time.
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Old 01-10-2007, 07:16 PM   #6
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Update.

Just got a confirmation from a club member. Door hinges are not serviceable. The fix is to cut hinge from door and weld new one on.

I'm cutting my pins removing them and using whatever I can to replace them. Mine will be servicable when I'm done. DC/Jeep gets an "F" for this one.

What a stupid design for such a highly modifiable vehicle and such a high wear part.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:17 PM   #7
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Sounding like a good write-up to me. Take lots of pics.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:24 PM   #8
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Yeah, your hinge has prbably broken the sheet metal, thats exactly what my door has done, I imagine a good welder and a support piece inside the door would fix it. I just took the door stop spring out and it took the stress off of the hinge, it won't hold open but it doesn't pop everytime I shut it now.. temp fix for a permanent problem. And I agree this is the #2 of all designs for door hinges.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:30 PM   #9
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I'm getting the pops in both front doors as well... ugh.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:52 AM   #10
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BS. they are replaceable, just not very conveniently. Here is something I found on this forum.
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The hinges are not hard to rebuild, if I remember right the factory pins are crushed at both ends, so you'll have to grind off the top on the old top pin then drive it out the bottom, do only one at a time, replace the bushing and the pins, there are 2 bushings and one pin per hinge, after you replace the bushings slide the pin in from the bottom on the top hinge and give it a tack weld (pin to the hinge itself to keep it from sliding back out). The bottom hinge I think you can take it out from the top of hinge so grind of the bottom of the crushed pin end and drive it up, again replace the bushings and the pin, I would also tack weld the pin to the hinge here to just to be safe. Have to go to the stealer-ship for the parts, be careful with the bushings the are coated with something. Oh and place a floor jack under the door edge to keep it from dropping on you. Good luck, Its not to hard, takes about half hour or so. I'm not to sure if I would place a piece of metal in there you might have trouble lining up the latch, plus I think there is already some reinforcing material in there ( not sure its been awhile since I took one apart). Don't replace the whole hinge they are welded to the door and A piller.
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