Having problems with your 1987 Nissan Pickup ?

A tight fitting car door ...

\015 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 \015\012 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable\011{mso-style-name:''Table Normal'';\011mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;\011mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;\011mso-style-noshow:yes;\011mso-style-parent:'''';\011mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;\011mso-para-margin:0cm;\011mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;\011mso-pagination:widow-orphan;\011font-size:10.0pt;\011font-family:''Times New Roman'';\011mso-ansi-language:#0400;\011mso-fareast-language:#0400;\011mso-bidi-language:#0400;}I have a Nissan Navara D21 1988 and thedrivers door was a bit worn out on its hinges so the door hanging low and notclosing smoothly, being jolted up a notch as it engaged the latch on the bodyon shutting unless you lifted it a tad.So I fixed it. Well I changed the hinges, bushes and pins it swings on andmounted it so it's fits right and snug, it's all aligned visually quite well,swings in at the right height is flush with the body panel with appropriatesized gaps front and back (comparing with the fantastic passenger side door).So what's the catch? It sounds good, and so it should be. The catch is what I'm trying to diagnose and am at a creative dead end for nowso thought to ask for some creative input in case there's any experience outthere. The symptom is that the door does not shut cleanly of its own. Let it swingshut and it will stop before it engages. The passenger side just closes andlocks on a gentle swing. The door I just fixed however you have to slam. if youslam it, it shuts fine, and visibly all is in order. Well almost, it will tendto protrude a little from the body still at the latch end (back). It will beclosed securely and I can lock it and unlock and drive around like that. Still,to fix it is easy and comes almost second nature in the week since I repairedhe door, and involves one of two strategies being 1) slam it with extraconviction, and voila it's shut completely or 2) just tap it firmly with yourrear end after slamming it and it'll click another notch in and be seated well.My point of observation is that there seem to be two steady state lockedpositions available, and I'm not sure of the mechanics of the lock inside thedoor, if it has two secure latched positions or of it's to do with engaging thetwo successive bars in the D latch on the body the door latches to. That's aside musing however. The real question is, what is fowling? It seems harder than rubber seal, morelike metal elasticity at work and so two metal parts fowling and the mostpowerful candidate seems to be at the hinge end of the door if the door as itenters the cavity in the body is for example mounted a little too far forwardthe door may touch the body and press on it there. If the inference is small aheavy slam could elastically deform the panels to make them meet.So I'm armed with a theory even. A second too alas. Namely that the dooris deformed slightly through the abuse of an accident or simply mal-care formthe previous owner (who let the hinges sag so badly). In that case there couldbe a vertical snag somewhere. Typically in my experience the top of the windowframe contacts the body in the final minutes of arc on closing just before thelatch, typically around the middle or a bit lower, engages, and the windowframe then deforms elastically until the door engages. Hmmm, I hope it\342\200\231s not that as fixing thatwould be harder than simply aligning the door. But still to proceed I need todiagnose the cause, be it theory 1, 2 or another cause again. But as the door is closing, visibility ofthe various point diminishes rapidly to zero and nothing can be seen. The doorcertainly doesn\342\200\231t lo visibly deformed and the window slides beautifully anddown revealing no shape issues. So I lean favourably away from theory 2. Now a diagnostic path that springs to mindis to coat the inside of the door or body with some reasonably thick putty likeblu-tack, slam the door shut and then check to see if it's been forced aside toexpose an metal anywhere and if that lends clues. Alas Bu-Tack would be hellishlymessy (and not overly cheap either) in this pursuit, and I wonder too aboutthin foams that might hold shape when deformed, to hold between two faces,close and open to reveal where it got squashed, but I neither have such a foamnor any immediate idea what I'd be looking for or where to find it. So there is the question. I could spend awhile just devising diagnostic technologies here, or benefit from someexperience from someone who\342\200\231s been here before. It\342\200\231s a long shot \342\200\246\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 20-09-2021

Answers :

Adjust the latch side on the fdoor jam that should correct the problem. If not then adjust your hinges slightly.
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