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Old January 5th, 2015, 04:02 AM
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Doors don't always close properly

Hi there folks,

Got a question. The doors on my '85 D90 don't always close properly. 60% of the time they latch firmly on the first try. Rest of the time, they don't latch fully, but end up in the semi-latched state where they can't fly open but rattle precariously. Usually a second slam (preferably with a firm touch) gets them closed tight. This applies to both the driver and passenger side doors.

There is a good amount of play in the hinges. I can lift the back of the door and wiggle it half an inch. I'm new to Defenders so I'm not sure if this is normal or not (it would be a problem in any modern car that is not a 30 year old land rover!)

Is it time to replace the hinges or is there some sort of adjustment I can make either at the hinges or the latch?

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Old January 5th, 2015, 04:48 AM
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Is it a soft or hard top? With or without bulkhead behind the seats. Conversions to soft top or sloppy bulkhead removals can leave the door jam "soft" and flexible. Be sure your door jam is solid then start looking at other stuff. There is usually some adjustability left in the latch striker and you can move it outboard to make latching easier, however you don't want to do it do much that the door doesn't sit flush.
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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:09 AM
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It's a hardtop SW (OEM metal top with a drop down tailgate). The doors are one-piece full height doors. I'd say it's been configured this way from the beginning. It's got the bulkhead behind the seats (spare wheel came mounted there - I took it off)

I'll check again tomorrow but I'm pretty sure the door jamb is rock solid. Thanks for tip about the latch striker. I'll take a closer look at it.

One more thing - occasionally the passenger side door catches on something when one tries to open or close it lightly. You've got to give it a quick firm tug or slam. Again I suspect this is connected with slop in the hinges. Would a new set of door hinges eliminate the slack, or is that to be expected even with new hinges?
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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:58 AM
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My 85 had weird issues. I never opened the door panel but I suspected it had something to do with the door locking mechanism. You'd be best to at least remove the card and take a look
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