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Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Door Alignment in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; My driver door has loose hinges & I think the door is sagging a little bit. It just doesn't seem ...
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    Door Alignment

    My driver door has loose hinges & I think the door is sagging a little bit. It just doesn't seem to close as well as it should. Seems like it hits the striker too hard which makes me think that it's sagging just a little.

    I've looked very closely at the door/striker area while slowly closing the door, looking for any upward movement, but I don't really see any.

    The door does have play though when I lift up on it while it's half way open. Has anyone here adjusted their door's alignment? How hard is it to get proper alignment? I'd like to go ahead & do this until I can find some good used hinges w/o play. And then, of course, I'll have to do a complete alignment when replacing the hinges.

    Anyone have any tips on proper door alignment techniques?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers,
    96 STS

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    Re: Door Alignment

    Hinge alignment has to to with the way the door rests against the body. If the door is aligned when it's closed, you don't want to dink with hinge alignment.

    Always use a step by step process before wading into anything: Of course you can verify that the bolts are tight, but before you start loosening things, first, determine where the slop comes from. From what you describe, it's probally in the fulcrum of the hinge. In the old days, you could replace bushings in many hinges, but I doubt it's that way on today's cars.

    If it's worn hinges, you'll have to align the door. As a starting point, use the old paint scars as a starting point for alignment, then adjust as necessary. The best way to explain alignment is that it's a hit or miss process.

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    Re: Door Alignment

    I just noticed it when I hit the send button: Just to make sure that there isn't a breakdown in communication, the comment about aligning hinges refers to the fact that you are replacing the hinges.

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    Re: Door Alignment

    Does anyone have a procedure or write up for aligning Fleetwood Doors? I had to replace both passenger doors due it being sideswiped but catching hell aligning the front door. Its up as high as I can get it but still hits the striker about an 1/8 to 1/4 in too low. Any direction?

    thanks

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    Re: Door Alignment

    Is the door out of alignment? If it seems straight and the gaps are equal, move the striker.

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