How to Fix a Sagging Car Door

February 20, 2024

Over time car door hinges can get loose and the door starts to sag. Initially it might not seem like a huge deal but when the problem is ignored it can become a safety issue because it could cause the door to fly open while driving. Fortunately, fixing a sagging car door is an easy task that can be done in your own garage with a few simple tools.

Mostly it is the driver’s side door that gets this problem because it’s the one that’s opened and closed the most. The reason for this problem is worn out hinge pins and bushings. Luckily this is something that can be easily fixed by replacing the hinge pins and bushings.

First thing you need to do is open the door part way and have a friend support it. Then with a flashlight check out the hinge area and the lower and upper pins and bushings. It is common for the lower ones to wear out but in most cases the upper ones also need to be replaced.

Next you need to remove the bolts that connect the hinge to the door frame. Then you can start to work on the pins and bushings. Replace them with the new ones and you should be good to go. I recommend you use the GM hinge repair kits that include everything you need to do this job without removing the door panel. They are a great option to save yourself the most amount of time and effort.

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