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12-08-2015 01:54 PM
blinker
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I remember one young lady who I am not kidding you, was almost crying when she came in.
That's pretty much how I felt It didn't help when I showed a buddy of mine what I'd done (prior to fixing it) and he looked it over and thought to push down on the open door. Which made it slightly worse. Ugh. But it all worked out!
12-06-2015 04:40 PM
MARTINSR Right on!

I love it when a plan comes together. It's a cool trick isn't it? I have done this for customers right in front of their eyes thinking they are screwed, where the door wouldn't even close and wham, they are back on the road. I remember one young lady who I am not kidding you, was almost crying when she came in. I fixed it right there in the packing space in front of the office, in seconds it was done. I shut the door and the relief was so beautiful on her face. That is what makes a good day great.


Brian
12-06-2015 04:29 PM
blinker Yes, this works! I'm so glad I posted here before doing anything, because when I was first looking at my hinges, and after only reading this thread, I was going to bend the upper hinge but thought better of it - thank GOD. Now it closes as before, and the weatherstrip seal seems, for now, okay. I can always tweak that again.
Anyway, thank you Brian.
12-06-2015 09:45 AM
MARTINSR Just go easy at it, you have a lot of leverage when you do this, it could take a very little push on that door to bend it. That being said, sometimes it takes way more than you would think! So just take it easy at first and see where you go. Check the fit over and over as you are doing it.

Brian
12-06-2015 12:03 AM
blinker Great, thanks for replying. I'll give it a shot tomorrow!
12-05-2015 09:28 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by blinker View Post
I came across this thread from a Google search because I backed out and bent my driver door backwards a little, it being open, & caught on edge of garage opening. I want to try "the trick" but am hesitant until I am certain which hinge to do it to. My door is too low at the right side (when facing the driver's side), so I do the trick to the lower hinge?
Also, the door's upper right (when looking at the driver's side) is sticking out a little and the lower left is in a little too far.
It still shuts, but hard. There is also a gap in upper weather stripping now where I can see light through it.
Thanks if you can help.
If you look at the front gap with the door just cracked open you will get your answer. I think you will find that the lower gap is smaller than the top at the fender to door. Using the trick on the bottom hinge will pull it back, lifting it at the rear.

It may take more, it may take twisting it in at the top by blocking the bottom of the door with a piece of wood to stop it from closing. Then push on the top to twist it in there. Or, just open the door putting your knee against the bottom of the door and pulling in on the top.

You do this after you bend the hinge back into place making the door level with the lines lining up as you close it. Then twist the door. Then often you need to go back and twist the hinge again to bring it back up a tad.

Brian
12-05-2015 09:01 PM
blinker
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Originally Posted by dinger View Post
If I remember right lower hinge would raise the door, upper hinge would lower the door. Dan
I came across this thread from a Google search because I backed out and bent my driver door backwards a little, it being open, & caught on edge of garage opening. I want to try "the trick" but am hesitant until I am certain which hinge to do it to. My door is too low at the right side (when facing the driver's side), so I do the trick to the lower hinge?
Also, the door's upper right (when looking at the driver's side) is sticking out a little and the lower left is in a little too far.
It still shuts, but hard. There is also a gap in upper weather stripping now where I can see light through it.
Thanks if you can help.
10-19-2015 05:35 AM
deadbodyman If you cant pull the pillar out then cut the ears off the hinge and weld them back on further out.... 30 minute fix...
10-18-2015 11:47 AM
2poor4mechanic First pic is the top hinge which is not affected. The second is the lower hinge where the pillar is pushed in. I'm needing to pull the pillar out I think. She was on an accident. It's older so the insurance totaled it. I got it back to fix cause not really wanting a new car payment. Thinking the payment might have been easier. Lol.
10-18-2015 11:40 AM
MARTINSR Start a new thread and post some photos. Did the door get pushed forward at the bottom? It sounds like this trick may work but I don't know for sure without some photos and more info.

Funny this thread would pop up, it still amazes me how pros will not get this old trick. Just a few days ago at work a guy brought his car in that he had backed up with the door open hitting the garage and bending it forward. One of the guys in the shop who is a very good tech was working on it and got tools out to push and pull on the hinge. Now mind you, the door wouldn't even shut it was to far forward at the top the back was about a half in inch high.

I walked up and saw what he was doing and told him to stop. I went and grabbed a socket out of my box and stuck it in the hinge and pulled the door back a few times and then tested the fit and it was almost perfect opening and closing like new! LOLOL The look on his face was priceless.

Brian
10-18-2015 11:33 AM
2poor4mechanic Hope I'm not too late on this thread. My wife drives a trailblazer ext and was hit on the passenger side. Replaced the right rear door, right front door and right fender. Only thing structural I'm having a problem with is the lower hinge on the front door where it attaches to the pillar is pushed in a little. Making the door not close at the top. Obviously it's too low now. I tried pulling it out with a come a long with no luck. I've cut an access hole on the inside to try and push it out. Have made some progress but not much. Would heating the area make it too weak once it's out? Or would this trick you've posted help my situation any? Or I'll take any solutions anyone may have.
02-08-2015 04:44 PM
MARTINSR You are very welcome, if the door gets sprung again it could lead to more permanent damage so be careful.

Brian
02-08-2015 04:40 PM
CadillacKidd i registered here to say thank you. My current job makes me a high risk for this problem. Now I can open my door with one hand again! thanks so much, & happy rodding
07-08-2013 01:07 PM
MARTINSR Cool, usually it's a door being opened before the car comes to a stop so it swings out hitting the end of the travel on the hinges.

Brian
07-08-2013 12:28 PM
Shiseiji Oh yes! You were a great help! No confession from son, but I suspect feet on door had a part.
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