What to do with sagging car doors?

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A sagging door is an unpleasant phenomenon characteristic of all specimens of the product family. Be it a car door or an entrance door. The problem is that when the door sags, not only does it not look aesthetically pleasing, it's primarily impractical. Constant suspicion related to a too loose fit or incomplete closing, as well as difficulty opening or closing the door, is annoying. If the car door is locked, then he comes Locksmith Stuttgart help. A professional locksmith will open the car door without any damage and all you have to deal with is the door sagging.

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Signs of sagging doors:

  • Great effort when opening or closing the door.
  • If there are bumps, sagging doors can produce thuds, friction and creaking.
  • Leakage, leaky closure, water ingress into the cabin.
  • Optically perceptible misalignment or sagging of the door.
  • Scuffs on the sills and deep scratches in some places.

Reasons why the door sags:

  • Severe wear on the hinges or bolts.
  • Loose fasteners or hinges.
  • Problems with the fasteners (crooked hinges, cracks in the door body).
  • Sagging due to impact (accident) or improper installation/adjustment.

What is necessary to eliminate sagging doors?

1. First, determine the cause of the sagging. Run a little test that will help you understand why the door sags:

  • Grip the lower part of the door with both hands, check the play in the vertical plane by shaking it slightly. The hinges should ideally have no play.
  • Hold the door with your hands from above and below and try to turn it slightly in a horizontal axis. The door should be "snug".
  • Perform a visual inspection of the points where the hinges attach to the body. Also compare the hinges of the sagging door with the hinges of the intact door. Find the differences.

2. When the cause of the sagging is identified, you can begin repairs. If the car door sags due to excessive wear of the hinge pins, replace the failed pins with new, working ones. If there are signs of wear on the entire door mechanism, the best thing to do is to completely replace the hinges. This is cheaper and better than putting some new parts in with used ones. However, it can be easier and less strenuous to do one directly Fitter to order.

3. When replacing defective parts, the closed position of the door must be adjusted. This is done as follows (no car door):

  • Remove the relevant part, this will facilitate the adjustment process.
  • Close the door and try to visually determine the best vertical position.
  • If the line of the door is parallel to the wall, while the door itself has a shift down or up, it is necessary to slightly loosen the fastening of the upper and lower hinges and raise or lower the door.
  • Then fix the position with the fixing screw.
  • If one corner of the door, the end of which is equipped with a lock, is slightly below the required height, while the hinges are working, you need to unfasten the lower hinge fastener.
  • After that, align the position of the door by placing thin metal plates under the hinge.
  • If one edge of the door (on which the lock is located) is sharply pulled up, then in this case you need to unfasten the upper hinge fastener. Accordingly, adjustment plates should also be placed under the hinge.

4. After the settings described above, the door should close easily again. If this is not the case, the adjustment work described above should be carried out again.


  • In order to increase the service life of doors, as well as their mechanisms, it is necessary to control the condition of components, rubber seals and lubrication of joints and locking mechanisms. Occasionally it is also necessary to check the fit of the threaded connections. Try not to lean your elbow on the door when it's open, and don't leave it open unnecessarily long.
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The following note is essential: For safety reasons, tuningblog recommends all repair, inspection and maintenance work exclusively to be carried out in a specialist workshop! Although our information is summarized to the best of our knowledge and belief, we cannot assume any liability for the content. All information is therefore "without guarantee".

Of course, that wasn't the end of it!

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