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 Post subject: Door Hinges
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:54 am 
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I was wondering,,I did a search,and found alittle on the door hinge.My problem is that it swings out/in smoothly,BUT when it closes,,it raises up just a little.It does feel funny when the door meets the Body(Latch) So i think maybe the hinges.ok,,can a newer Metro(1995+) work or are they different hinges? I do keep them lubed,But i think it is time to take care of the problem.There is alittle play when moving the door up/down when opened,But i didnt know if replacing the pins would do the job.The Service manual doesnt really talk about this(just talks about removing door)I miss the easily closing doors that I had in the other Swifts/Metros :( I see that a Nissan Pathfinder hinges will work,Now should I just replace the hinges or the pins??

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If you can feel some play when you lift the door up and down (whilst the door is ajar), then it's time to replace the hinges, or at least the pins and or bushings. (Not a hard or expensive job by any means).

If they have no play, but lift up on the door catch when you close the door, all you need to do is adjust the hinges. Unbolt them from the pillar a little, have a buddy lift up on the door, retighten, drink beer. (This is key).


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mojojoeyjojo wrote:
If they have no play, but lift up on the door catch when you close the door, all you need to do is adjust the hinges. Unbolt them from the pillar a little, have a buddy lift up on the door, retighten, drink beer. (This is key).


on n1tro's car the hinges were adjusted correctly ,but the striker was off. so dont over look that also. :)

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If the bushings are worn you can replace them using ones from a Nissan Pathfinder. They are sold thru Motormite or Help!

I think the ones I used were for a 91-92 Pathfinder.

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Check the upper hinge (and the pillar that it is bolted to) for RUST. The GTi's drivers side door felt like it 'pulled up' when it hit the striker every time I closed the door, and I made a mental note to fix it. However, driving down the road the other day, a tinging noise started coming out of the door jam near the heater vent when I hit bumps. When I got to the shop, I found the culprit: RUST. The upper hinge apparently had rusted before, because it had large slags of weld up against the hinge and the body.. However it didnt' help much, because the metal pillar was so thin that it there were rips in the metal around the horrific welds, letting the hinge fall 'outward', and letting the other end of the door fall 'down' just a hair. I am not using this body anymore (found tons of other 'unknown' rust), and am swapping everything to a new chassis, so I just needed the door to work for 6 more days. I scarred up the old rust and the pillar out about 3" around the outside of the welding (did I mention it was horrible?) and welded until it looked like it would stay for 6 days.


Anyways, inspect your hinges and the pillar. They may be failing on you.



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Does anyone know if the 1995+ Metro hinges will work??I have no rust there,,I take it you have to drill out the hinge for a bushing,,correct??I'd just rather get a good hinge instead.

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No drilling required. Remove the hinge, remove the clip and tap out the pin. Remove the bushings and replace. Some reeming may be required to fit the new bushings.

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as far as i can tell the 2 door hinges are the same as the back door hinges on a 4 door and the rear door should have a lot less wear


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Crvett69_0 wrote:
as far as i can tell the 2 door hinges are the same as the back door hinges on a 4 door and the rear door should have a lot less wear

:goodpost: Thanks for that info!


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