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93 Aerostar side door comes off the track


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SRQFL2
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Jun 8, 2012, 11:49 PM

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93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

1993
Ford
Aerostar
4.0
200000

I cant say when this problem started or how it happened since it was this way when we got it in 2003.
We can manage to put it back on track and close it, it doesn't come off all the time, but more times than one would like.
It has a good engine and is in good condition for its age, It has been replaced recently with a newer van. Now we want to get rid of it. and it could be good transportation for someone short on funds. It is the best van of 4 in our driveway on gas.
The problem is that the bites we are getting on selling it are single mom's with kids or families with kids. It has never jumped off track while driving, but the thought of letting someone have it with kids is not something we want to do without fixing the door first. I am not looking for a quick fix to sell it, I want to know what it would take to fix it for good, where it wont make me have to raise the price to much.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 9, 2012, 4:44 AM

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Re: 93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

You really need a body shop to look at it for a correct repair. Some of those wear out fast if you don't constantly keep them lubed up,

T



SRQFL2
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Jun 11, 2012, 12:56 AM

Post #3 of 8 (1335 views)
Re: 93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

Thanks, I wasn't even sure if this is auto body repair or not. I see auto body and think bondo! :)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 11, 2012, 3:03 AM

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Re: 93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

A door coming off track is almost certainly a mechanical issue or something bent? Body shops are professionals too (hopefully) and good at lining up doors, hoods, along with body damage. It isn't all just filling dents with "Bondo" but many will if you want them to. If done like that without consent or understanding that IMO isn't right.

Regular mechanical shops are an option too for something like this. Rollers, hinges and things worn or out of alignment somehow. It is an area where body and mechanical repair share. Guess is no painting is involved with the fix for this,

T



SRQFL2
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Jun 11, 2012, 3:43 AM

Post #5 of 8 (1320 views)
Re: 93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

no paint damage, no dents of any kind, door doesn't come all the way off the van, just kind of like one side slips out


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 11, 2012, 4:23 AM

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Re: 93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

I first suggested auto body shops as they have some funky tools for obstructions. No painting involved and if parts are just bolted or riveted in vs welded in as needed depending on what is found wrong.

Ford products seemed to be a tad later to weld everything vs some others that bolted parts or fasteners that could be dealt with easier.

The sliding door game is in my experience rollers in tracks, then final close is latched and not counting on rollers to hold door in place or lined up. Dang parts get wet, dirty and worn pretty fast on some and this is now ~ 20 years!

Just get a shop to look at it if one will and suggest what will be the best reasonable fix. Dealt with more GMs and Chrysler sliders than Fords so would have to look at any but would blow out dirt with compressed air then lube with flexible oiler to in point parts and some items spray grease and got some good life out of them for folks. Never owned one but drove several. Like barn doors of the vintage better for dependable long life which this already did so wasn't that bad,

T



SRQFL2
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Jun 20, 2012, 2:59 PM

Post #7 of 8 (1288 views)
Re: 93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

upon closer inspection I do think there is a missing roller or something that should be on the metal post, riding in the track


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 20, 2012, 3:57 PM

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Re: 93 Aerostar side door comes off the track Sign In

My guess is you wont find just the roller but probably the whole device it's attached to,

T







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