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fatdaddy
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Mar 10, 2013, 10:47 PM

Post #1 of 6 (904 views)
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2000
Mercury Mystique

To open the drivers door from the outside, I have to push the door it in and up with my knee when pulling the handle, or else nothing happens. It isnt a big issue for me, and i actually forgot about it because it has become second nature, but I just failed my annual safety inspection, so i have to get it fixed.
I am planning on taking the door apart and doing some investigating tomorrow, but I wanted to see if anyone had any ideas. Thanks so much.


Hammer Time
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Mar 11, 2013, 3:13 AM

Post #2 of 6 (880 views)
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It sounds like the door may be sagging from worn out hinges. That is a job for a body shop.



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MarineGrunt
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Mar 11, 2013, 12:20 PM

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Definitely listen to Hammer Time on this one and don't try and attempt it at home. I have a buddy who is a mechanic for Caterpillar and also works on cars on the side. He's a very knowledgeable mechanic. There's a spring in there and you need a special tool to compress it. There was one time my buddy was replacing a hinge. I'm not sure what happened but he compressed the spring but it somehow worked out of the compressor. That thing shot across the shop at probably 100+ miles per hour, bounced off the wall, and came flying back and put a nice size dent in my wife's new van that she was getting for Christmas. I had just got the van the day before and was keeping in his shop until Christmas. If that spring would've hit one of us it probably would've been like a gunshot wound. I've always worked on my own vehicles but I don't think I'd mess with that spring. At least not with the way my luck goes!


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 11, 2013, 12:33 PM

Post #4 of 6 (863 views)
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As HT and MG just said this is in the hinge. Seems nobody ever lubes them. Some are easy, some a total nightmare welded in!

Dunno for Mystique but may be cheap parts and still need help so a body shop will be best IMO as they have to deal with that all the time. Some POS cars you can just mess with the striker but that is faking it and by description you'll chip the crap out of the door being wrong,

T



Hammer Time
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Mar 11, 2013, 1:51 PM

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They make repair kits with new pins and bushings.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 11, 2013, 2:52 PM

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Sure do but if out of the bronze bushing youz in trouble on some!

T







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