Hello Everyone, just joined. I've had 4 Jeeps in total, starting with a '76 CJ5, 78 CJ7, '88 Cherokee Laredo, and now a '99 Wrangler Sport which I've had for over a year. They can't be beat! Tried taking the doors off yesterday, and even used a rust Blaster to no avail. I think they've been off before, as the middle part of the hinges are slightly rusted. One reason I want to take them off is to clean them up & paint, then everything I can possibly do on my own will be done. Any ideas? I've thought of tapping the bolt upward, but I'm afraid of bending it. Is this a 2-person job? (full doors). Anyway, glad to be here, not too sure on how to navigate too well yet, but in time.
WD-40 then just swing it back and forth back and forth back and forth.
Should pop right out after a few swings.
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The first time you take off the doors is a major Olympic event. If you have any lubricating spray, spray that on the hinges, and move the door back and forth, spray some more, move the doors back and forth, spray some more, repeat......get the picture? Then release the nylon strap from the inside of the Jeep, and with all your might, lift the door skyward, while moving it back and forth. Mine was a royal pain in the rear to get off. You can even put the nut back on the threaded part, and gently tap it with a hammer, but be very careful not to damage the side of your Jeep.
Once you get the doors off, take some axle grease, or any heavy grease, like that high temp red stuff, and lubricate the hell out of the hinges and pins on the doors. Make sure that you lightly sand off any rust on the door pins first. That way you will never have a problem taking them off again.
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Hey, welcome to WF. On the topic of doors, mine seemed to pull right out. Id have another person to help and soak it well with WD40. Like they said, if you swing it back and forth it should come out eventually.