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04-19-2017 03:48 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by MrsGill4 View Post
I actually followed those steps and I remebered my dad teaching me this as a kid when those Minnesota blizzards had strong winds!Im very proud(my hubby not so proud he worked on it for two days)It took me 4 minutes.Thank you!!
LOLOL, I love it, you made my day! Your dad rocks!


Brian
04-19-2017 03:43 PM
MrsGill4
Thank you

I actually followed those steps and I remebered my dad teaching me this as a kid when those Minnesota blizzards had strong winds!Im very proud(my hubby not so proud he worked on it for two days)It took me 4 minutes.Thank you!!
04-19-2017 03:15 PM
MARTINSR The lower hinge looks pretty funky, and the check strap (the black thing that keeps the door from swinging open too far) has got to be destroyed for the door to have opened that far. I am thinking you need to bring that to a professional.

If I had that truck in front of me it would take me a long time to get that door "working" and if there was anything I could tell you right now I would but honestly, to walk you through this one would be damn hard.

If you started by reading the first post and trying some of those things you may do something. The worse part is the design of the hinge doesn't allow you to stick something into it. You can put a piece of wood as I am showing in the photos provided.

The door looks to be bend more at the bottom hinge (which is most common) which means it's bent more forward as well, this is why the rear of the door is down. So if you bend the lower hinge first with the block of wood like I show then you can get it up even more even too high in the rear, that will show you the door is moving BACK at the bottom. You then put the wood at the top hinge and close the door applying some pressure and it will bend the top hinge pushing the door back.

Start with the bottom and move it back and up at the rear a little I would stay stop when it's level in the back then do the top then the bottom again. But be checking all the time at how the door is closing and see if it's getting close. If you go too far it's very hard to come back. Go to the top hinge then the bottom then back to the top moving it a little at a time.

And there is a very real posibility you will do a little damage to the door jamb on the body where the hinge is bolted. You don't want to, but you may and if that gets you out of this jamb and you end up with a little damage there so be it. I am thinking it will be worth it to get you out of the bind you are in.

Brian
04-19-2017 02:13 PM
MrsGill4
Thank you?.

I don't know what happened but here are the other pics.Maybe this will make a difference?!
04-19-2017 01:16 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by MrsGill4 View Post
I am new to this I have made one other post hopefully I did it all right but this time I will post pics.Brian PLZ help...
That is possibly bent too far to fix it with my little sprung door tip. The hinges and hinge mounting on both the door and the cowl may be very badly bent and in need of much more repair than I have outlined here.

But do exactly as the first post describes and you may make it happen.

Good luck, hope it goes well. If you were nearby I would run over and see what I can do.

Brian
04-19-2017 01:13 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
WOW, That exploder sounds like a real Piece o crap.
I think you should worry more about making it safe and get the shifter linkage adjusted before worrying about driving it again and hurting someone. Not being able to get the door open is a good thing.
I don't think the tire shop should be responsible at all. You should have said something and there should have been a big WARNING sign so the tecs would know the thing was unsafe to drive. YOUR lucky nobody got hurt, I believe you would be liable.
This site is for people that have an interest in working on cars and want to improve their abilities.
Not so funny, this happened at a Walmart Tire and Lube where they did something to my gear shift and they couldn't get it to go into park so they left it in neutral. When an attempt was made to put it into park, the explorer went into reverse instead while the door was open and the door was forced open by a post. They didn't write up a report, they just told me that they couldn't do any work on my truck with the gear shift not going into park properly and told me that I had to leave.


DBM, it says nothing of there being a problem, THEY made a problem and should be liable for the damage.

Unless I am missing something here.

Brian
04-19-2017 01:12 PM
MrsGill4
Plz help asap.

I am new to this I have made one other post hopefully I did it all right but this time I will post pics.Brian PLZ help...
04-19-2017 05:58 AM
deadbodyman WOW, That exploder sounds like a real Piece o crap.
I think you should worry more about making it safe and get the shifter linkage adjusted before worrying about driving it again and hurting someone. Not being able to get the door open is a good thing.
I don't think the tire shop should be responsible at all. You should have said something and there should have been a big WARNING sign so the tecs would know the thing was unsafe to drive. YOUR lucky nobody got hurt, I believe you would be liable.
This site is for people that have an interest in working on cars and want to improve their abilities.
04-18-2017 11:22 PM
MrsGill4 I need help asap.My husband is so stressed about our door he's missed work because you can't drive a truck with the door wide open and we already don't have a dime to our name please if y'all can give me a fix so I can help him and one where we don't have to spend any money please help.We have a 2000 ford f150 my husband noticed a gas can in the back had tipped over and he freaked cause all ours and our kids clothes are in garbage bags back there we just got done spending a fortunte at the laundromat so he quickly jumped out and thought he put the truck in park but it was in reverse the door got caught on something going backwards down hill I couldn't jump over fast enough to stop it and by the time he was able to jump in and stop it the door Damn near opened to the fender.Where the fender meets the door is all dented in and the door comes about 4 inches from shutting.He's tried everything to try to at least get it to click shut so he can work we've had people promise to help but as always we are on our own.We also have a handicapped wheel chair bound son who needs rides to school and therapy apointments.Please tell me there's something we can do even a temporary fix as long as the door will shut.I'm desperate.
04-18-2017 07:50 AM
MARTINSR I have to tell you, if this happened at a shop you MUST go there and SCREAM to get it fixed. There is no reason what so ever why you would not have a body shop fix this and that shop gets billed.

That aside if you must fix it, what you need to do is stick something into the door gap before you open the door that will push the front door edge under the fender edge.

What we commonly use is a "spoon."





You simply slide this into the gap, sometimes this is hard because the gap is so narrow. But you have to slide it into the gap pushing it to the spot that is most overlapped wiggling it if needed to get it into place. When the door is opened a little it will be forced by the spoon to go behind the fender.

But honestly, I hope you got something from them, I hope there was some sort of record of this happening or something but you shouldn't have left that shop before it was agreed to take care of this.

Brian
04-18-2017 06:30 AM
beodawn
2002 Ford Explorer Driver Door Sprung

Hi there,

I am very glad that both myself and my wife found this thread (seperately I might add) searching for a way to solve this problem.

From what I have read, fixing the hinges may be easy enough (both hinges seem to have been moved the same distance since the door is not tilted in any fashion).

Before I get started though, I have one slightly big issue... getting the driver door (the damaged door) open! The front side of the door (left side of the door itself) is so close to the body in front of it that when I try to open it more than an inch, the body starts to cave in and the paint at the gap starts to flake off.

Do you have any good tips to open the door without doing a lot of damage? Luckily I had already taken two days off this week (today and tomorrow). Hopefully I can get the truck back into shape today so that I can use it.

Not so funny, this happened at a Walmart Tire and Lube where they did something to my gear shift and they couldn't get it to go into park so they left it in neutral. When an attempt was made to put it into park, the explorer went into reverse instead while the door was open and the door was forced open by a post. They didn't write up a report, they just told me that they couldn't do any work on my truck with the gear shift not going into park properly and told me that I had to leave.
03-17-2017 03:28 PM
MARTINSR RIGHT ON! That's what I love to see!


Brian
03-17-2017 03:17 PM
Tiffxny Brian, Thanks for all the help this thread is amazing.

I figured it out, Just needed to swing hinges...

I may or may not feel pretty dumb right now after scratching my head for a few hours. When i finally did the right hinge it took about 20 seconds.

My heart filled with joy and a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

Thanks again Brian for passing the word on!
03-17-2017 03:11 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by Tiffxny View Post
Hey Brian, I know it has been a few years since this topic was started but I've stumbled upon it on my journey.

My wife was backing up, pretty dang slow, and clipped a pole.

The door won't shut completely and it looks as if it needs pulled up.
I tried using the socket method but was unsure of how much pressure i should be using when doing that.

Should i be almost forcing the door to close while the socket is in?
Yep, you are using the leverage of the length of the door to bend the hinge or the mounting.

It depends on how bad of course. I just did a Corolla today that was WAY too back for that little trick. I had to replace the hinges and the door still needed work to put the hinges where it would even open and close. And THREE of the doors on the car were sprung!


Brian
03-17-2017 02:34 PM
Tiffxny Hey Brian, I know it has been a few years since this topic was started but I've stumbled upon it on my journey.

My wife was backing up, pretty dang slow, and clipped a pole.

The door won't shut completely and it looks as if it needs pulled up.
I tried using the socket method but was unsure of how much pressure i should be using when doing that.

Should i be almost forcing the door to close while the socket is in?
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