jbeuree
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Sagging door

Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:03 am

Our front driver's side door is sagging quite a bit, and hits the underside of the door when trying to close. (2015 model) Took it to what was supposed to be a good body shop and asked them how much it would be to get the door aligned properly. Got back a crazy quote with all kinds of work that looks unrelated to me. If it was the old style where I could just change the pins it wouldn't be a problem, but I suspect there's more involved with these. Has anyone fixed a sagging Leaf door and know what all needs to be done? Do the hinges just be replaced?

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Re: Sagging door

Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:21 pm

I don't know this for an absolute fact, but AFAIK there is nothing unusual about the Leaf door hinge.
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Re: Sagging door

Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:28 am

Well, this is a new one on me. Following...
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Re: Sagging door

Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:23 am

Depends on what's causing the sag. The hinges themselves appear to be bolted on to both the door and the body pillar so replacement shouldn't be a big deal if they are worn. There's also some adjustment possible by loosening the bolts and repositioning, though I don't know the range of adjustment. Have you checked to see if there is any up/down play in the door? Loose bolts? Could be something as simple as re-adjusting the fit and tightening the bolts. If the misalignment is due to accident or some large weight having been applied to the open door, deforming the body pillar then it might need to be shimmed or someone getting in there to do metal work.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: Sagging door

Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:41 pm

jbeuree wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:03 am
Has anyone fixed a sagging Leaf door and know what all needs to be done? Do the hinges just be replaced?
Easiest way to check is the same as old-school hinges... open the door and lift up & down to check for play in the hinges. If sloppy, change the hinge assy. If not, likely something is bent or out of adjustment.
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Re: Sagging door

Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:20 pm

I've replaced lots of Maverick and similar door hinges, in my youth. It's not an easy job for one person (although you can use a chair as an assistant) but it's fairly easy for two, if at least one person has done mechanical adjustments before.
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Re: Sagging door

Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:59 pm

Sounds like somebody Jacked the car incorrectly and bent your floor pan which could cause the door to be out of alignment.
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Re: Sagging door

Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:24 pm

dsh wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:59 pm
Sounds like somebody Jacked the car incorrectly and bent your floor pan which could cause the door to be out of alignment.
Good point. A picture of the door showing the gaps all around could help.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: Sagging door

Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:26 am

I don't have pictures, but when the door is closed the gaps look nice and consistent all the way around. This is what made me believe it was sagging. I did some messing around with it, and it also doesn't look like there's play in the hinge, which is really strange. Examined where they attach closely and can't see any signs of anything deformed/damaged/etc that could explain why the door is angled slightly down from where it should be. Is it possible there's play between the hinges and the bolts themselves? I haven't tried loosening them to see, but that looks to me like the only explanation other than some strange manufacturing defect, which I guess is also possible.

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Re: Sagging door

Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:19 am

jbeuree wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:26 am
I don't have pictures, but when the door is closed the gaps look nice and consistent all the way around. This is what made me believe it was sagging. I did some messing around with it, and it also doesn't look like there's play in the hinge, which is really strange. Examined where they attach closely and can't see any signs of anything deformed/damaged/etc that could explain why the door is angled slightly down from where it should be. Is it possible there's play between the hinges and the bolts themselves? I haven't tried loosening them to see, but that looks to me like the only explanation other than some strange manufacturing defect, which I guess is also possible.
1) When the door is closed properly, the gaps will be even because the door is being held in place. Check to see how the panels align horizontally all the way around. A tweaked frame might display a bow in places.

2) A visual inspection is not likely to reveal anything on the hinges since there is so little that can cause closing issues.

Best bet. Open door then lift up on the end. Is there any play? If not, bent casing. If there is, bent or loose hinge or even possibly door although that is the least likely cause.
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