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Old 10 Jan 2010, 11:43 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Over the past couple months, I've noticed that the driver's door on my
2000 Camry LE has started to sag. The gap between it and the quarter
panel is uneven (Starts wide at the top and gets smaller as you go
down) and if you are looking at it from the outside, the chrome trim
from the front to back door doesn't line up. Also the top of the door
doesn't match the rear. I tried pulling up on the door and there seems
to be quite a bit of 'play' in how high the door can go. I tried
looking for an adjustment screw or something on the bottom hinge but
couldn't really find anything. The door still operates fine but I
don't want it to get any worse as the front quarter panel is getting
pretty close. If there is anyone out there who has heard of this or
has had this happen, a response would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11 Jan 2010, 06:38 am   #2 (permalink)
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camryguy wrote:
> Over the past couple months, I've noticed that the driver's door on my
> 2000 Camry LE has started to sag. The gap between it and the quarter
> panel is uneven (Starts wide at the top and gets smaller as you go
> down) and if you are looking at it from the outside, the chrome trim
> from the front to back door doesn't line up. Also the top of the door
> doesn't match the rear. I tried pulling up on the door and there seems
> to be quite a bit of 'play' in how high the door can go. I tried
> looking for an adjustment screw or something on the bottom hinge but
> couldn't really find anything. The door still operates fine but I
> don't want it to get any worse as the front quarter panel is getting
> pretty close. If there is anyone out there who has heard of this or
> has had this happen, a response would be greatly appreciated.



The hinges are either worn or their mounting bolts have loosened. At
that age it probably needs new hinges if it's been used a lot. Check the
bolts first.
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Old 11 Jan 2010, 11:45 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Leftie wrote:
> camryguy wrote:
>> Over the past couple months, I've noticed that the driver's door on my
>> 2000 Camry LE has started to sag. The gap between it and the quarter
>> panel is uneven (Starts wide at the top and gets smaller as you go
>> down) and if you are looking at it from the outside, the chrome trim
>> from the front to back door doesn't line up. Also the top of the door
>> doesn't match the rear. I tried pulling up on the door and there seems
>> to be quite a bit of 'play' in how high the door can go. I tried
>> looking for an adjustment screw or something on the bottom hinge but
>> couldn't really find anything. The door still operates fine but I
>> don't want it to get any worse as the front quarter panel is getting
>> pretty close. If there is anyone out there who has heard of this or
>> has had this happen, a response would be greatly appreciated.

>
>
> The hinges are either worn or their mounting bolts have loosened. At
> that age it probably needs new hinges if it's been used a lot. Check the
> bolts first.



Huh? A 10 year old car, and a Toyota at that should not suffer from
sagging door hinges unless you have been stressing it by hanging on the
open door. My 1995 Camry doesn't sag. I'd bet on the bolts working loose.
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Old 12 Jan 2010, 08:35 pm   #4 (permalink)
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spsffan wrote:
> Leftie wrote:
>> camryguy wrote:
>>> Over the past couple months, I've noticed that the driver's door on my
>>> 2000 Camry LE has started to sag. The gap between it and the quarter
>>> panel is uneven (Starts wide at the top and gets smaller as you go
>>> down) and if you are looking at it from the outside, the chrome trim
>>> from the front to back door doesn't line up. Also the top of the door
>>> doesn't match the rear. I tried pulling up on the door and there seems
>>> to be quite a bit of 'play' in how high the door can go. I tried
>>> looking for an adjustment screw or something on the bottom hinge but
>>> couldn't really find anything. The door still operates fine but I
>>> don't want it to get any worse as the front quarter panel is getting
>>> pretty close. If there is anyone out there who has heard of this or
>>> has had this happen, a response would be greatly appreciated.

>>
>>
>> The hinges are either worn or their mounting bolts have loosened.
>> At that age it probably needs new hinges if it's been used a lot.
>> Check the bolts first.

>
>
> Huh? A 10 year old car, and a Toyota at that should not suffer from
> sagging door hinges unless you have been stressing it by hanging on the
> open door. My 1995 Camry doesn't sag. I'd bet on the bolts working loose.



Ours aren't loose either, but if they get rusty and aren't oiled
they go in a couple of years.
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Old 13 Jan 2010, 10:58 am   #5 (permalink)
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Well, the hinges seem to be firmly attached to both the car and the
door, its within the hinge that there seems to be alot of play, where
the pin that connects both pieces of the hinge together. There doesn't
appear to be any rust on the the hinge mechanism but also appears well
greased. The car has 210,000 kms on it, but I have only owned it for
the past 30,000kms. I'll keep an update to see if the problem is
getting worse or if it has stabilized.
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Old 13 Jan 2010, 10:23 pm   #6 (permalink)
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camryguy wrote:
> Well, the hinges seem to be firmly attached to both the car and the
> door, its within the hinge that there seems to be alot of play, where
> the pin that connects both pieces of the hinge together. There doesn't
> appear to be any rust on the the hinge mechanism but also appears well
> greased. The car has 210,000 kms on it, but I have only owned it for
> the past 30,000kms. I'll keep an update to see if the problem is
> getting worse or if it has stabilized.


Sometimes you get a bad pin that just wears too fast. Or it may have
gotten rust on the pin only, and it was greased after it started to wear
and sag.
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Old 15 Jan 2010, 02:53 am   #7 (permalink)
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"Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
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> spsffan wrote:
>> Leftie wrote:
>>> camryguy wrote:
>>>> Over the past couple months, I've noticed that the driver's door on my
>>>> 2000 Camry LE has started to sag. The gap between it and the quarter
>>>> panel is uneven (Starts wide at the top and gets smaller as you go
>>>> down) and if you are looking at it from the outside, the chrome trim
>>>> from the front to back door doesn't line up. Also the top of the door
>>>> doesn't match the rear. I tried pulling up on the door and there seems
>>>> to be quite a bit of 'play' in how high the door can go. I tried
>>>> looking for an adjustment screw or something on the bottom hinge but
>>>> couldn't really find anything. The door still operates fine but I
>>>> don't want it to get any worse as the front quarter panel is getting
>>>> pretty close. If there is anyone out there who has heard of this or
>>>> has had this happen, a response would be greatly appreciated.
>>>
>>>
>>> The hinges are either worn or their mounting bolts have loosened. At
>>> that age it probably needs new hinges if it's been used a lot. Check the
>>> bolts first.

>>
>>
>> Huh? A 10 year old car, and a Toyota at that should not suffer from
>> sagging door hinges unless you have been stressing it by hanging on the
>> open door. My 1995 Camry doesn't sag. I'd bet on the bolts working loose.

>
>
> Ours aren't loose either, but if they get rusty and aren't oiled they
> go in a couple of years.


Car door hinges have a hardened steel pin which runs in 2 sintered bronze
bushes in the hinge itself./ If there is significant door drop, these bushes
are prolly stuffed.

Jason


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Old 15 Jan 2010, 04:52 am   #8 (permalink)
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camryguy wrote:
> Over the past couple months, I've noticed that the driver's door on my
> 2000 Camry LE has started to sag. The gap between it and the quarter
> panel is uneven (Starts wide at the top and gets smaller as you go
> down) and if you are looking at it from the outside, the chrome trim
> from the front to back door doesn't line up. Also the top of the door
> doesn't match the rear. I tried pulling up on the door and there seems
> to be quite a bit of 'play' in how high the door can go. I tried
> looking for an adjustment screw or something on the bottom hinge but
> couldn't really find anything. The door still operates fine but I
> don't want it to get any worse as the front quarter panel is getting
> pretty close. If there is anyone out there who has heard of this or
> has had this happen, a response would be greatly appreciated.


Here ya go,
http://www.popularmechanics.com/how_...e/1271816.html
I've done this with several cars. And on some really bad cases I've
opened the door about 9 inches maybe a foot and placed a 4x4 or maybe a
2x4 block under the latch end of the door, being careful not bend the
lip of the door or damage the seal, and raised it with a floor jack to
force the door back up so it will align properly. Go easy when doing
this and take small steps until it is back in alignment. You should
find that it will close a lot easier when it is aligned. If you aren't
sure about this take it to a body shop and they should be able to
"stess" it back into proper position in just a few minutes. If the
latch was adjusted down as the door settled you will need to raise the
latch when the door is raised.
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