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Old 10-13-2007, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Driver door hard to close. Help

Why do i have to slam my door(driver's side) really hard for it to fully shut..Sometimes it takes 3-4 times to close it fully. It's annoying. Im sure this topic came up before, but as a newbie, anybody's input will help. Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most likely your door striker is bad. The striker has a rubber piece inside it that deteriorates. I had the same issue with my front doors when I bought my car (rear doors were fine) and replaced both. They are cheap, made in Germany by Miehle and pretty good quality. I got them from Autohausaz. You will good quality 5 mm hex socket (craftsman or like) to undo 4 bolts which hold the striker. Cheap socket will ruin bolt and than it is PITA to get them off. Do "door striker" search, there are loads of info. Remember to align new striker before tightening bolts.

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Old 10-13-2007, 06:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Very temporary fix....put grease in that spot. Will work for a while.
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Old 10-13-2007, 07:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Look at the latch and there should be a little piece of black plastic sticking out beyond the rim of the latch hole, that's the guide. If it's missing, your only choice is to replace the latch, as said above, they're reasonable and easy to replace.
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Well my drivers side was doing the samething and I had the mechanic put some grease in the stricker. He used some sort of foam type grease made for door strickers(thats what he said). It has worked great ever since, and the small plastic pieces are missing but I have no trouble closing the door. Put in some grease and see if it doesn't solve the problem.

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Ok..I'll try the grease for now..But I'll shop around for the door strikers..My friend told me the same thing, it's most likely the door striker.
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Look at the latch and there should be a little piece of black plastic sticking out beyond the rim of the latch hole, that's the guide. If it's missing, your only choice is to replace the latch, as said above, they're reasonable and easy to replace.
+1 on this, that little rubber tab allows the lock mechanism to catch, hence closing the door in one shot.
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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OK, the way you fix this situation is by adjusting the striker plate on the door. What typically happens as these cars get older, the doors that are used most (typically the driver's door) will sag on the hinges, and the door lock will get misaligned relative to the striker plate. Loosen the four Allen hex screws on the plate and then play around with the plate to reposition it correctly. I did this on two driver's door with good results. It takes a lot of trial-and-error repositioning, and some patience. Also, the screws may be rusted and very tight, so liberally spray with penetrating oil before loosening them. Use an Allen socket and ratchet to losen the screws. When trying to find the right position, only tighten two screws at a time gently and try to close the door.

Also, keep in mind that if no windows are open in the car, the door is more difficult to close, as the air inside gets compressed and there is some resistance to closing.
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OK, the way you fix this situation is by adjusting the striker plate on the door. What typically happens as these cars get older, the doors that are used most (typically the driver's door) will sag on the hinges, and the door lock will get misaligned relative to the striker plate. Loosen the four Allen hex screws on the plate and then play around with the plate to reposition it correctly. I did this on two driver's door with good results. It takes a lot of trial-and-error repositioning, and some patience. Also, the screws may be rusted and very tight, so liberally spray with penetrating oil before loosening them. Use an Allen socket and ratchet to losen the screws. When trying to find the right position, only tighten two screws at a time gently and try to close the door.

Also, keep in mind that if no windows are open in the car, the door is more difficult to close, as the air inside gets compressed and there is some resistance to closing.
If the plastic nub is missing no amount of adjustment will fix it. This is however exactly how you install the new one.
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Mine is missing and it shuts perfectly.
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