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Door misaligned or warped? #721939
March 31st 2017 9:04 am
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Hey all, I've seen the door alignment procedure posted here a few times, I think I've got a different issue but maybe one of you fine folks can help me figure it out. I got a full door seal set from lrp over winter, plan to install it right away here. My doors are mostly aligned properly, they close fine but the drivers door is sagging a bit, and at the front bottom corner there's a gap from the door moving away from the body. heres a couple pics:

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So what I'm wondering is if its an alignment issue or if my door is warped somehow? I've owned the van for coming up on 3yrs now and it wasn't like this when I bought it. I figure I should deal with the alignment before installing new seals.

Also it uses to have a spring and plastic guard around the latch strike that broke off... how important are those?

Please forgive the layer of dirt... it's been a long winter and she just got back running on gas a couple days ago


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Re: Door misaligned or warped? [Re: DrGonzo94] #721946
March 31st 2017 2:21 pm
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Could very well be warped. I found the bottoms of my front doors were also like this (although not quite as bad). Likely from years of being closed and having the seal pushing outward. Remember, the closest hinge is a couple of feet away, only the structure of the door itself is responsible for keeping it's shape. I was able to "tweak" mine back into shape with a few good yanks inward at the bottom of the door while someone was holding it open.


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Re: Door misaligned or warped? [Re: DrGonzo94] #721949
March 31st 2017 5:11 pm
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Are the hinge pins worn?

Re: Door misaligned or warped? [Re: Meanmachine] #721950
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Originally Posted by Meanmachine
Are the hinge pins worn?



Are the bushings in need of changing ?

Re: Door misaligned or warped? [Re: DrGonzo94] #721951
March 31st 2017 10:32 pm
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Door feels solid, no movement in the hinges that I can feel. Not real sure how best to check them... is there bushings for 77's? I recall looking into that last year and being told they weren't available for my van but the memory is hazy now...


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Re: Door misaligned or warped? [Re: DrGonzo94] #721965
April 01st 2017 10:26 am
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Try lifting up on the doors from the bottom corner, if the pins or bushings are worn, you will have upward movement, that is also is what is causing the door to hit on the striker and breaking the plastic and spring, or possibly the bolts just need loosened and the doors adjusted.

Re: Door misaligned or warped? [Re: DrGonzo94] #721990
April 02nd 2017 10:45 pm
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That's what I did to check them, both feel solid, no movement at all. Got a friend coming by tomorrow and we're gonna try to adjust it before attempting to bend anything. Thanks for the advice, I'll update after I've attempted to fix it


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Re: Door misaligned or warped? [Re: DrGonzo94] #722451
April 13th 2017 9:56 pm
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Well I managed to adjust it up slightly but it's still not perfect. And the gap at the bottom corner doesn't change at all so I'm guessing it's warped. The van was painted, including the hinges, which almost look bent slightly to me... but I put the seals on and they don't slam so hard anymore or leak any air


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