Re: [DML] I'm Installing New Door Latches....Any Tips?
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Re: [DML] I'm Installing New Door Latches....Any Tips?

Hey Wayne!
  I'm glad you saw my post!  I would like to know your "controversial" fix - sounds very interesting!
  When you speak of having a handle on adjusting the door mechanisms, if by that you mean "read the manual", then yes. :O )  I do know how to access the internals of the door by removing the panels.  I've also read the striker pin adjustment page on the DMCNews resource page several times and feel I have a good grasp on it.
  When I said I adjusted the pin, I should have said latch.  On the door, the slim rectangular part that lacthes.  That's what I have to move, just slightly so the opening is clear enough for the striker pin to line up right to hit it.
  Thanks Wayne, a lot, because I was going to attempt this myself this weekend (hopefully!) going by the manual and service tech. bulletin
  Rob Greenhaw
  VIN 791
deloreanernst@xxxxxxx wrote:
          Rob, I don't recall anyone ever discussing this on the DML, and I haven't seen any other response, but I can tell you exactly how to remove and replace them. It's not too difficult. I can also tell you how to easily, permanently and totally prevent problems caused by the design of the latches themselves, namely malfunctions caused by activating the lock mechanism when the door is open or not quite closed correctly. It's not a difficult fix either, but it's likely to raise a lot of controversy, despite the amazing improvement in function. Before we get into that, you need to know two other things: how to adjust the door mechanisms for proper function, and even before that, how to get inside the doors to access the mechanisms. Do you have a handle on that info? You mention adjusting the pin each time you open the door. Do you know how to adjust the striker pin (aka striker bolt)? How are you adjusting the pin each time? (BTW, my Jan '82 has no door guides either...
 never has. Somebody goofed, or maybe I have old doors, though I believe they are factory originals.)

Wayne A. Ernst
vin 11174
Bridgeton, NJ



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