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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:40 am Reply with quote Back to top

Can anyone tell me how to adjust the drivers door as it is begining to sag

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 5:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

When its open does it lift up with play, may have worn hinges Evil or Very Mad
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 6:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi Aspro. Smile
If it's any help, here's a P.M Cochyn92 sent me a while back when I asked the question. I originaly thought you could just adjust the door skin, but you can't, you have do adjust the whole door...and no, I have'nt got round to it yet!, as usuall Smile .

cochyn92 wrote:
Here's what you need to do: Open the door and chock it on a box or something. Then, remove the single 16mm bolts that hold the hinges to the A-pillar. (The one's facing backwards, NOT the ones in the wing facing outward). With the 16mm bolt once removed, you should find a 12mm Allen 'bolt' underneath. This is basically a threaded spacer that allows you to set the clearance between the hinge plate and the A-pillar. You may want to slightly loosen the remaining 16mm bolts that face outward - this will ease the adjustment. But remeber to tighten them 'just enough' when you're checking the door for alignment.

Now, for the tricky bit: Turning the TOP allen bolt clockwise (into the A-pillar) increases clearance and thus moves the top-back of the door down, and backwards. Anticlockwise the opposite. Turning the bottom allen bolt clockwise moves the bottom back of the door upwards and back. anti-clockwise, the opposite. Adjusting both equally moves the whole door back/ forwards in the badyshell. Too much adjustment of either will throw the door panel away from the line of it's adjacent panel.

When you're happy that the door sits 'right' in it's hole when closed, put some loctite on the 16mm bolt threads and tighten them until they squeak!!

That's the theory anyhow. I had had a hell of a job adjusting the door on my coupe, but got there in the end. It takes a fair bit of playing about / trial and error before things start to make sense (well, it did for me anyway ). But you'll get there eventually.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 7:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

cool!
I've printed and filed this, as I still have
to do the passenger door!!

Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2004 7:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks cochyn92

At the moment the door lock pushes the door up into place (only talkin about 3mm), so everything lines up panel wise, but i know that the weight of the door is suspended on the lock mechanism.

Do i need to replace the hinges or is there anyway off adjusting this out with the method you surgest, as it seems that the way you surgest would only adjust the door in and out not up and down (when closed) ????

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:10 am Reply with quote Back to top

If it's only about 3mm, then the above method of adjusting will work a treat. You are effectively "packing out" the hinge, so to speak,,,,adjusting the top one out a bit, will tilt the door down when closed, and visa versa.
I did exactly as cochyn did on my old cq20v, it had dropped about 5mm over the years and was doing the same as yours ie, the lock was catching the striker plate on the body and forcing the door up and onto it,,,not good,,,,,,,I found that by adjusting the bottom hinge out, it tilted the door up,,,took a couple of goes to get right,,,,but what a difference when the door closes as it should..

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 9:21 am Reply with quote Back to top

I always thought that with the coupe having no pillars on the doors a small amount of lift when closing was needed. Surely if the door sits open at the same hight closed the top of the window won't sit under the seal correctly?

Mine has what looks like a ramp to lift the door when closing. The whole lock mechanism was as dry as a bone so I put some of my best synth Lube from my bike on it all. It now opens and shuts miles easier and quieter, you had to really wrench on the handles before.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 10:06 am Reply with quote Back to top

Yes Matt, you are right to a certain point,,,,,,the door does lift very slightly as it closes the last 5/6mm, so that the upper edge of the window goes underneath the top sealing rubber,,,,,but,,,,in my case the door had dropped way to much and the lock was really hitting the striker plate hard and no amount of lubing eased it..

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 9:11 am Reply with quote Back to top

Fair enough! Smile

Not a good look when you have to lift your door to shut it Razz

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 9:57 am Reply with quote Back to top

16vMatt wrote:
Not a good look when you have to lift your door to shut it Razz

Matt.


Doesn't quite cut it with the cars image. Once adjusted the door gave a nice little click on closing,,,,rather than a BANG Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Matt, you're dead right. Adjusting the door on a coupe is a delicate job, purely because the lack of pillars makes lining the whole door up with the body a trial-and-error affair.

jas, you've hit the nail there bud, The adjustment procedure I described (thanks to Dave on the S2forum, BTW Wink ) does exactly what you said. There's no need whatsoever to buy new hinge pins, let alone new hinges for the car (Audi.con want 120 notes plus vat for a new hinge Shocked ).

Since doing mine, the drivers door clicks in like new and the striker geometry 'lifts' the window into its place into the door seal as if it had just rolled out of Ingolstadt. Like I said, it's a bit of a fiddly job to do, but it costs you F-all, and the results are ace. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Sorry-crap optical mouse = double posts....

Night all! Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2004 12:49 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Sorry i havn't replied for a while. as i have been away from my office and can't access this site from home.

Thanks to everyone who has replied on this subject, i will be attampting the adjustment tonight..

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 9:44 am Reply with quote Back to top

adjusted the doors......... they shut soooo sweet and easy
now top!!!!
had to get a 12mm allen socket though, had upto 10mm...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 9:49 am Reply with quote Back to top

thats good to hear JW Smile

lucky you dont have to do it on a coupe!!!

the doors on coupes are sooo dam heavy!! and without the pillar and frame to hold Confused
you have to have someone help really Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:02 am Reply with quote Back to top

I have not done this yet, but hope to soon (too much time spent on the throttle body conversion), glad to here it worked for you struikie.

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