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Old 05-07-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Ghaaa! Doors Won't Come Off!

Anyone else have issues getting their doors to detach from the hinges? I stood outside hauling on the doors like an idiot for 15 minutes and they won't budge. And yes, I removed the bolts first. Anybody have any tips on getting the doors off? It sucks having this awesome weather and not taking advantage of it.

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PB Blaster, a block and mallet and some serious patience. Have faith, you'll get it.

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Anyone else have issues getting their doors to detach from the hinges? I stood outside hauling on the doors like an idiot for 15 minutes and they won't budge. And yes, I removed the bolts first. Anybody have any tips on getting the doors off? It sucks having this awesome weather and not taking advantage of it.
My doors are suck too! I hate it I pulled on them so much and they won't budge!
I heard of using a jack and like a towel to pad the jack under the door to help push up. Try it out
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My doors are suck too! I hate it I pulled on them so much and they won't budge!
I heard of using a jack and like a towel to pad the jack under the door to help push up. Try it out
I heard that as well. The idea seems sound but I don't have a jack. I priced them at CT but I loathe spending money on one just to take my doors off. I might have to find someone who has one and just borrow it. I thought of hammering the doors but i'm scared of damaging them. I expect the hinges are crudded up with leftover salt and whatnot from winter.
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I'm in FL (read no salty winters) but my Jeep is far from perfect. PB Blaster (lots of it) constant pressure while opening and closing the door did the trick. I went as far as spraying more PB every time I made some progress and dropping the door back in (with the same open/close motion) to help the PB Blaster penetrate. The first door took me a good 30-45 minutes. The second one about half that.

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Old 05-08-2013, 12:38 AM   #6
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I've done it! Without a jack! Once I unbolted the door's hinges. I loaded them up with WD-40 and the tried to lift. I had the door at 90 degree angle and I was on the inside side of the door. I bent my legs so that my thighs were under the bottom under the door so I could put pressure on the bottom with them. I pushed up on the door with my thighs while also pulling up with my arms. ANI may have done a wiggle motion. But after a few seconds of that it popped up and was out. I did this by my self, and I'm not that strong. Your turn to try!
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I've done it! Without a jack! Once I unbolted the door's hinges. I loaded them up with WD-40 and the tried to lift. I had the door at 90 degree angle and I was on the inside side of the door. I bent my legs so that my thighs were under the bottom under the door so I could put pressure on the bottom with them. I pushed up on the door with my thighs while also pulling up with my arms. ANI may have done a wiggle motion. But after a few seconds of that it popped up and was out. I did this by my self, and I'm not that strong. Your turn to try!
I ran out and bought some PB Blaster yesterday and I'm gonna try taking them off today. I would have tried yesterday but I dug up the front yard and I just didn't have it in me lol. I'll get one day of doors-off cruising in this week or die trying!
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Soooo...still having problems. My Jeep's going in for PM next week so I'm gonna have the guys there look at it and figure out wth is going on. At least the weather looks like crap around here until it goes in so I won't feel like I'm missing out too much... :-/
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Mine were very tough the first time to. I ended up just getting taking a metal punch or a spike type thing ( I assume a big strong nail would work too) with a flat end that fit up into the spot where the bolt came out of and just whacked it straight up with a hammer until there was a gap, and then wiggle wiggle wiggle, and it came out. No problem since. I keep it in the tool storage area now though just in case.

One door hinge was just slightly bent on the inside it turned out. But like I said, once they were in and out once, its been easy going since.

Just watch out because when you wiggle it and lift it out, once it goes, it goes, and your door will go flying straight up..
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Just watch out because when you wiggle it and lift it out, once it goes, it goes, and your door will go flying straight up..
That's what I'm worried about. With the amount of force I've been using trying to get them to budge I'm afraid they'll shoot up like pop-tarts and I'll be playing outfielder with a 50-lb baseball.
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Ask the dealer if you can try it on one of theirs. Not sure what will be left but it will be great fun!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #12
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Military grade remover/loosener, C-4.

Ask the dealer if you can try it on one of theirs. Not sure what will be left but it will be great fun!
If I wasn't living in a cold climate, I'd consider it. Not sure if my heaters could handle that much output otherwise.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:37 PM   #13
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Just have to keep working at it, pulling up while opening and closing the door a little bit. I had my window down while doing it and pushed up on the lower part of the door with one hand and the upper sill with the other. It took me awhile to get mine off the first time.

Once you get them off, you can sand the door pins a little if you want to go that far. You can also add a little grease to the pins before you put them back on.
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I heard that as well. The idea seems sound but I don't have a jack. I priced them at CT but I loathe spending money on one just to take my doors off. I might have to find someone who has one and just borrow it. I thought of hammering the doors but i'm scared of damaging them. I expect the hinges are crudded up with leftover salt and whatnot from winter.
Hey Dan, if you're still having problems I'm in O-Town and you're welcome to use my trolley jack. I'm around over the next three days if you want to hit me up.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:21 AM   #15
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Hey Dan, if you're still having problems I'm in O-Town and you're welcome to use my trolley jack. I'm around over the next three days if you want to hit me up.
Not sure if I'll have the time this weekend. I work thurs - sun NIGHTS and I have almost zero downtime in between shifts (I'm at work now - yay!). But otherwise I'd take you up on the offer. I'm on vacation after this weekend so hopefully I can figure something out then. Thanks for the offer though - I really appreciate it.
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No worries, drop me a PM if you need it next week. I'm generally about.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:03 PM   #17
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Everyday, keep using the PB blaster. I heard that it takes time for that stuff to work magic. I don't even know if I want to try taking off my doors since my jeep is 12 years old and I don't think any of the last 2 owners took them off...ever.
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Well if the weather holds up I'm gonna give it another shot. I got most of Monday free so fingers crossed.
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Open door. Lift up and wiggle the heck out of it till it comes up when it does be careful with all your effort lifting up. It's a pain when new but it will get better.
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Well if the weather holds up I'm gonna give it another shot. I got most of Monday free so fingers crossed.
I'm around this afternoon if you want to try the jack and/or need an extra pair of hands.
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I'm around this afternoon if you want to try the jack and/or need an extra pair of hands.
Well, I was going to try today but I forgot I had an appointment this afternoon. Needed to get a nap in before I went (worked last night) so didn't have any time. Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow. Sigh. I need an extra 5-6 hours per day. With sun and a high of 25.
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Got someone coming round to clean my AC tomorrow so will be at home all day, let me know.
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Thanks to woansleftpeg the doors are off and did some cruisin' while the weather is nice! Hopefully now that we got them off I'll have no more problems later on. Real buggers to get off but mission accomplished! Pics to follow for proof :-P
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Thanks to woansleftpeg the doors are off and did some cruisin' while the weather is nice! Hopefully now that we got them off I'll have no more problems later on. Real buggers to get off but mission accomplished! Pics to follow for proof :-P
Cool... I couldn't stand to hear anymore complaining lol j/k How did you guys go about it? I may try to take my doors off for a day just to cruise around Canada day...

I know you used PB blaster, and undid the bolts but did you guys do anything out of the ordinary?
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Was the pin corroded under neath the vinyl sleeve? That was my issue. There is plastic sleeves available online somewhere. They look good?! I have not tried it.
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Cool... I couldn't stand to hear anymore complaining lol j/k How did you guys go about it? I may try to take my doors off for a day just to cruise around Canada day...

I know you used PB blaster, and undid the bolts but did you guys do anything out of the ordinary?
We had to use a jack to get enough leverage to get them to finally pop. sprayed the bolts and sleeves with PBB and hoping that it'll help next time they come off.
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We had to use a jack to get enough leverage to get them to finally pop. sprayed the bolts and sleeves with PBB and hoping that it'll help next time they come off.
Cool Dan, thanks!
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Was the pin corroded under neath the vinyl sleeve? That was my issue. There is plastic sleeves available online somewhere. They look good?! I have not tried it.
Didn't look real close but there is definitely a little rust. Ticks me off being that this is a relatively new jeep. You'd think it would be rust-free for at least a year or two. Might just be because it's a rubbing point but still.
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Didn't look real close but there is definitely a little rust. Ticks me off being that this is a relatively new jeep. You'd think it would be rust-free for at least a year or two. Might just be because it's a rubbing point but still.
Prolly from salt getting in the opening or that area inside is not treated against rust. The PO for my jeep painted part of the hinges and claimed the jeep was rust free when he sold it to me... What an idiot, I saw all that but it didn't deter me much. Actually he did that for several area's on my jeep, but for a 12 year old jeep, its expected but yeah for a new jeep, I would be doubly pissed!

Did you find it awkward to drive without the side mirrors? I'd be abit paranoid driving on the highways without the doors/mirrors but in my case its just show boating in town IF mine come off lol

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