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



FWIW, I have the same problem on my passenger door with the thicker
Grady seals...

Here's the issue as I see it: The seals are pressing against the door
too hard, so the door is being pushed away from the striker pins. This
puts a fair amount of pressure on the latches via the striker pins,
enough to prevent the door from opening using the outside handle.
You'll notice the inside handle, which has much more strength to the
lock linkage than the outer, will open the door just fine in this
situation (though with a "pop" noise and much more pressure than
usual). When you push down on the door, you are compressing the seals
enough that the latches & striker pins don't have so much pressure on
them and the outer handle is now able to release the latches.

Moving the striker pins out somewhat should help (not straight out -
the door closes in an arc, so you'll have to come out and up.
Determining exactly where to place these things is a real pain!).
Unfortunately my pins only go so far out, and it's not enough to
ensure smooth opening all the time. Sometimes I'm OK, sometimes I'm
not.

A word of warning, your outer door handle is probably going to break
from this abuse. It's plastic and every time you pull on it while the
door is "jammed" like this, you're stressing it severely. Mine broke
off on my hand while trying to adjust the linkage and I had to buy a
new aluminum replacement from DMCH to the tune of ~$90. I recommend
leaving the window down while you learn to adjust the striker pins and
use the inside handle to open the door. If you can get it so the
inside handle opens it easily, then try opening from the outside.

-Ryan


On 5/18/06, jedimasterglenn <jedimasterglenn@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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 handle with my right hand, it opens
> immediately (imagine tracing a vertical line from the front of the
> toll booth window, down to the door trim...that's where I put my left
> hand).
>
> I had the inner and outer door seals done on both doors (used PJ
> grady's larger size seals).  The door opened fine before this was
> done, so logic says I need to adjust the door somehow...but I'm not
> sure where to begin.  Any tips anyone?
>
> Thanks!
> Glenn
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