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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-23-2007, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Door hinges and jacking points

Being really new to this site I may well be putting this in the wrong place for which I apologize in advance.

I have done a site search and feel reasonably confident that these have not come up before but, I noticed an unpleasant creaking noise had begun to develop in the front passenger door (W202) on opening and closing. Further investigation showed that not only was one of the 'restraining strap' retainer bolts missing but the other was on its last couple of threads! It took just a couple of minutes to rectify the problem but it might be worth checking your doors just in-case this is not an isolated problem as it could lead to a much more complicated repair.

Also a tip from someone who had to change a wheel on a busy road in the rain!! It is worth periodically checking that the jacking point bungs are easy to remove and the sockets are rust free, one of mine was not and it was sods law that it should be the very one I needed to remove.
They are all now clean and waxed!
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Hi, MPL, and welcome to the forum.

Nice tips, and you're right, if all the bolts dropped out, that would be an ugly little repair. Did you buy your car new? I've not heard of that before and I'm just curious whether it was perhaps involved in an accident at some point, and when the body shop replaced the door they didn't properly tighten the bolts.

As to the rusted sockets, I'm guessing there's something lost in the translation, but by that I'm guessing you mean the lug bolts. And yes, that's a common thing; in fact some of the older sedans had some really long lug bolts in a deep hole with a shaft between the ball seat and head that would rust in place and then snap off above the ball seat. Very strange design resulting in a very ugly situation. (If you're not familiar with the lug bolt design I'm referencing there is a pic below). Even though mine aren't like that, they still always get a very light spot of grease on the threads before going back home.

At any rate, enjoy your visits to the forum, post up some pics in the 202 forum and when you're driving, keep a sharp watch out for Deathrattle, he's also on your side of the pond. (Seriously, he's a great guy.)

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Hi Greg, I have to admit I bought the car second hand but it is still the best car I have ever owned and I want to keep it as long as possible. I am not a fan of all the gadgets they provide in cars these days and ideally I would love something with a real vintage to it, but that is not really practical at the moment.
Anyway I am reasonably confident about my cars history, and can find no evidence of an accident of any kind, indeed the remaining bolt showed no signs of ever having had a spanner put to it so I'm guessing they were both a bit loose from the start and hopefully a very isolated case.
As to the Jacking points I was interested to read your description of a potential problem and I shall have a closer look at that, but as you say something may have got lost in translation, or at least I failed to explain very well to be honest.
By jacking points I mean the holes in the body sills that you put the jack peg into when you need to raise the car to change a wheel. They are really very cleverly designed and have a nice plastic bung that should just pull out when needed but sadly one of mine would not (at least not until I got two pairs of pliers to the thing and did a 'David Banner' in the process!! ) as the socket had some mild surface corrosion inside. Once I was back home I cleaned it out and waxed it carefully before re-inserting the plug so hopefully, if their is a next time all will be well.
Thanks for the feedback and I hope that clarifies the situation.
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