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Old 03-13-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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The drivers rear door on my 95 is from a donor car and whoever installed it didn't align it good enough for me. What is the best way to align it? When it closes it is sagging about 1/8" down. You have to slam the door pretty hard to get it to shut correctly. Do I just have to loosen the bolts on the hinges and lift and tighten? Forgive me of my ignorance, but this isn't really as easy as aligning cabinet doors with those special adjustment screws
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No its not easy :(
I had problems and still do with my front passenger side door.

But basically yeah, loosen and tighten in place. Until its better

IIRC I think the latch can be raised or lowered as well...
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Takes two people but it'* not that bad. I took my passenger door off for the headliner project but we got it lined back up just fine. It'* the bolts that attach the hinge to the car (as opposed to the hinge to the door) that you want to loosen. If the old door was hit very hard it may have bent the car enough that the door will never shut right.
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My driver'* door still sags a little from when I put it on, so I am going to have to re-do it at some point, and I was given this method as a suggestion:

If you have a garage or something with open rafters that you can get the car under, take two long ratcheting straps and connect it over the rafter and then down under your door at two points. This allows you to hang the door steady, and adjust it up to where you need to, while also allowing you to shut the door completely.


When I did my front, I used a jack under the back edge and I was able to get it close, but not perfect.
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Thanks Geoff, that does sound like it would work perfect. I dont have open rafters, but I can use the garage door mounting brackets I think
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I anticipated this problem with the rear door replacement I just did on my car.

As a result, I left the old hinges in place and installed the new door on the old hinges.

It did take 2 people to do it, but it was relatively easy. No issues whatsoever.
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