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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:32 AM
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So last night I opened the front passenger door for the first time in probably 2 months. I then found it would not close no matter how hard I tried.

I adjusted the striker out to the point that I have a 3/4 gap to get it to stay latched. There has to be a better method or way as that draft is freaking cold.

Any and all ideas greatly appreciate.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:39 AM
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So last night I opened the front passenger door for the first time in probably 2 months. I then found it would not close no matter how hard I tried.

I adjusted the striker out to the point that I have a 3/4 gap to get it to stay latched. There has to be a better method or way as that draft is freaking cold.

Any and all ideas greatly appreciate.
Buy a Toyota?!?...So whats changed with the truck while it was sitting...seems odd. Did you lose some shims? are/were any of the components loose? Maybe the catch mechanism is failing and needs replacing. On mine is was a mix when that happened...multiple of failures at once.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:45 AM
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Mine do this sometimes when cold. Lubricating the latches should help a bit.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:49 AM
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This sounds like a lack of lubrication/grease in the latch mechanism. Degrease it, then spray it liberally with lithium.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:54 AM
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did you change door seals or something?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:58 AM
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Avoid lithium. Use a dry lubricant like Silicon esp on latches.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:38 AM
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Didn't change a thing with the door. The temp has dropped significantly here though so lubing them sounds like a real good place to start.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:41 AM
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Didn't change a thing with the door. The temp has dropped significantly here though so lubing them sounds like a real good place to start.
Do you still have the nylon bushing on the catch?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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A long shot and you've probably already thought of this, but if you catch the latch on something while opening the door, the latch will flip open and you need to wiggle the inside door handle to get it to shut.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 05:32 PM
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Are you sure this was not a 007 vehicle in times past and the door is actually an "ejector door" ??

Seriously, silicon spray the piss out of it with the straw it comes with. The organic volatiles with soften or melt the old greases up too.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 05:41 PM
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I would change the latch and replace the striker with one with good nylon. I had a similar problem and then the latch seized. I ended up having to cut the striker from the inside. Really annoying repair.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 06:11 PM
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My '97 has a plastic part on the striker rod that wears out. The only way to fix it is to replace the striker. Though I have seen on eBay metal units that are made to the same diameter as the plastic component's diameter creates. I think the plastic part is to reduce rattling noise.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 07:06 PM
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Know the feeling

Poor Dan struggled with this during VOT. I sprayed the crap out of it and by the time we loaded the truck back on the trailer for the ride home it was latching again. Haven't had any problems since.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:07 PM
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Do you still have the nylon bushing on the catch?
Haven't seen anything nylon in there at all.

I picked up de-greaser and silicone spray. I tripped the latch with the door open, and the metal slider was extremely slow to close. I'm guessing its barely latching since it moves so slowly. Time to lube the shit out of it. Thanks guys
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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:26 PM
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On the catch there is a nylon bushing. Sometimes they crack and fall out. This reduces the diameter of the catch and can cause issues.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:17 AM
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I had a similiar issue yesterday. Here is how I solved it. The door seal in the area of the striker has a rubber insert in the seal. It is 2-3 inches long The cold temps recently make this rubber very firm, making the door hard to close. I made a slice in the seal and pulled the insert out, cut it in half length wise and re-inserted it. Door now closes like it did last week.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 05:04 PM
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I did the degreasing and used half a can of spray silicon lube. Now they all open and close nice and smooth. Oddly they even open better from inside.

Thanks guys!
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