How to Get Your Door Back in Shape with a Door Hinge Repair Kit
Is your door in such a bad shape that it is already dangling and about to fall off from your car anytime? Blame it on your hinge pins and bushings that have already worn out. This normally happens over time because of the pressure applied by the recurring swiveling of the hinge to the pins and bushings. Fortunately, you don't have to go through the struggle of lifting the door with your both hands just to get the door closed. With a door hinge repair kit, you can save hundreds of dollars when you repair your door hinge by yourself than having a mechanic do the job for you.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- Door hinge repair kit (including hinge pins, bushings, and clips)
- Door spring tool, pry bar, or screwdriver
- Cold chisel or file
- Dremel tool
Step 1: Protect your car's paint from being accidentally scratched while you are working by placing a masking tape on the door's edge along the hinge side. Tape up also the fender edge next to the hinge side.
Step 2: Support your door with a jack or a wooden block throughout the repair process. Use a screwdriver, a pry bar, or a door spring tool to remove the spring from behind.
*Note: You may ask a friend to hold the door upright while you perform the door hinge repair if you do not have a jack or a wooden block to support the door and ease the weight on the hinges.
Step 3: remove the old hinge pin using a cold chisel or a file. Or pop out the E-ring or cotter pin that secures the hinge pin so that you can push the hinge pin out.
*Note: If the pin is difficult to remove, you may use a cutoff wheel on a Dremel tool to grind it or cut it in half. Ensure your safety by wearing eye protection or goggles.
Step 3: As soon as the pin comes loose, loosen the bolts that attach the inner hinge to the A-pillar of your vehicle. This will remove the hinge.
Step 4: Access the bushings by prying the door away from the hinge. Check the position of the bushings and take note which hinges they go into. This way, you will know how and where to correctly install the new bushings.
Step 5: Using a hammer, pound the new bushings into place gently. The lip of the new bushings should go at the top and bottom of the door hinge arms.
Step 6: Fasten back the inner hinge to the A-pillar. Make sure that the bolts are tight.
Step 7: Get the new hinge pin, line up the holes, and tap it into place.
Step 8: Try to move your door up and down—it should be firm and not saggy as it used to. Close the door and make sure that it is aligned correctly with the fender.
*Note: If the door is improperly aligned, loosen the bolts partially and adjust the position of the inner hinge slightly to make it fit snugly. Then fasten the bolts.