Ford F-150 Door Hinge
Knowing Ford F-150 Door Hinge Problems and Their Causes
A bad door hinge on your Ford F-150 could cause great frustration to you and to anyone trying to get inside. So before you start getting mad when it makes an irritating noise or when you have to nudge it hard to get it to close, here are some handy troubleshooting tips:
Difficulty in opening or closing doors
If the door of your car seem to sag or drop down whenever you open it, forcing you to lift it a bit before closing, then you might want to check your door hinges. There are two main pieces that could be problematic in your door hinges, so it is important to know which one. The first one is the hinge pin. Be sure to see if it is still straight. If you notice it being bent or broken, then you need to fix it. It is possible to bend it back into place but remember, there is a chance it may not be as strong as it was. If the bend is too severe, then a replacement must be made.
The other piece of the door hinge to inspect is the hinge bracket. Take a look to check if there are any cracks present. If that is the case, then just replace the brackets with new ones, which are easily found. Also, notice if the screws are still tight, and if not, try to screw them back on. If not possible, then replace the screws.
Squeaks and grinds
The other symptom of a faulty door hinge is when you start to hear either squeaking noises or crunching ones when you close or open the door. There are two suspects to this issue: rust and lack of lubrication. In the case of the former, if the rust isn't that bad, you could probably use the part for a while longer, but with more care. On the latter, you have to first determine whether the upper or lower hinge is the one that needs lubrication. Carefully open and close the door and listen carefully where the noise comes from. Once you pinpoint the exact hinge, then it is a pretty easy task applying lubricant to the car part.