Re: [DML] Adjusting Doors
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Re: [DML] Adjusting Doors

> Hi, My driver's side door closes, latches
> and locks fine, but is difficult to open.
> When I pull the handle, the door doesn't
> budge. It feels like it's locked. If I
> put my left hand on the door and push
> down and toward the car as I pull the

I once had a similar problem.  It turned out that the
door lock and latch mechanisms were working fine, the
problem was that the door was not closing properly.

This problem was intermittent, but is appeared most
often when I parked on an incline.  When closed, the
door seemed to be locked.

Here is how to tell if this is happening to you:

With the door open, look at the faces of both latch
mechanisms.  Also look at the extreme heads of the
posts.  Do you see scarring, as if something had been
dragged across the surface?  If so, this is an
indication that the door latch does not lign up with
the post.  But the misalignment is along front-back
the axis of the car, not in the post itself.

In my case the solution was to install the door
guides.  Somehow my early car (01280) had missed that
little addition.

I hope this helps,

- Mike Substelny
  VIN 01280 for almost half its life now

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