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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, '73 Driver's Door in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Good Morning. I was wondering if someone could tell me how to stop my driver's side door from rattling while ...
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    '73 Driver's Door

    Good Morning.

    I was wondering if someone could tell me how to stop my driver's side door from rattling while the car is moving. The car door closes tightly yet seems to rattle while the car is in motion...almost like it is loose. I was suspecting the rubber around the door, but I was not sure.

    Thanks!

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    Do the hinge pins have any play in them? Is the glass tight? is the interior panel tight?
    There should be some door stops (little 1 in rubber pieces), are they soft?
    The weather strip is a good place to start.
    I'd probably take the panel off and glass out, check that all linkages are tight and drive around, just to make sure it's not in the door.
    You could also probably put an old towel between the door and the jamb and see if it stops the noise.

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    This car only has 56,000 miles. It has been garage kept nearly all of its life. There is no play in the pins at all. And, it is not any component inside the door. It is the door itself. I am going to try the towel...but along the side or bottom!?

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    I would try it in a variety of places to see if you can pin point where the contact is occurring. Is there a place where the paint is showing wear?

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    No. Just a little around the pin on the door jamb. Other than that, most of the paint is intact.
    I did not think it was the weatherstripping, so I was trying to see if could possibly be something else I did not know about.

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    I looked on rock auto for a door stopper for your car and couldn't find one, so I don't know if it exists or not. I have them on my 85 and my 68, so I figured yours would too. They are little rubber pieces maybe 1"x3/8" that are either on the door itself, or on the jamb near the lock striker. Check the other doors to see if maybe the driver's one is missing.

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    Mine are present and accounted for. They were the first things I checked. UNLESS they need replacement.

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    How does the door sit? is it sagging? Does it raise up a bunch when it is closed? It might need a hinge adjustment.
    What is the condition of the weather stripping?

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    Door does not seem to move much up or down. Weather stripping is not torn nor dried out.

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    How does the bushing on the lock striker look? is it more worn out than the other doors?
    Maybe you could try shifting the latch in the door outward. You might have to play around until the door just barely latches.

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    I was able to get the car out this weekend to take a look at the lock strike. I placed a small hand towel (thin...8inx8in) on the lock strike, closed the door and VIOLA! no noise. Door was closed tightly! Now, does anyone know how I can remedy this without the towel!!???

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    A new door lock post is about $30, the lock mechanism might be harder to find.

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    Thanks. I noticed that the lock strike pin is not worn at all. DO you think it would still require a new pin?

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    Re: '73 Driver's Door

    on RockAuto.com, you can get a door lock striker for $10.
    I would first try to see if you can move the latching mechanism in the door. It'll have a few bolts holding it on and once they are loose, it should have some play. you'd want to move the mechanism towards the outside of the door for it to hold the door in tighter.

    If you really need a new mechanism, I'd start by going to the dealership and getting the part number for it. Then google it.

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