Door Hinge Installation Made Easy
A sagging car door can be pretty annoying, not to mention a safety hazard. You'll find it difficult to open and close your car door properly if it's loose and sagging, so you need to check on this problem right away before your door completely falls off or flies open while you're driving. A damaged door hinge is usually the culprit behind a sagging car door. Over time, the hinge may weaken and may not be able to support the door's weight. Replacing the worn-out door hinge with a new one will help fix this problem. You can do the removal and replacement yourself to save money on repair costs. Installing a new door hinge can be pretty easy; it won't take up much of your time. As long as you have the proper tools and hardware, you can get the job done in a snap.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
Securing the car door
First, you need to make sure your car door is properly positioned and secured before doing the task. This will help you do the removal and installation a lot easier. Use a floor jack to hold the car door up, or you may use a heavy-duty rope to prop up its frame.
Removing the bolts
Remove the bolts on the hinges. You may need to take out the bolts that secure the hinge to the door first before working on the bolts that keep the hinge attached to the car frame. A proper-size socket wrench can be used to loosen the bolts. Once all bolts have been taken out, remove the floor jack and gently set your car door down on the floor.
Installing the new door hinge
Align the new hinge with the bolts on the door's frame. Make sure it is positioned properly before installing it and tightening the bolts. Reattach the door to the car's body using new bolts. Check the door's alignment to see if it swings properly. Tighten all bolts once the door is set and aligned correctly.