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Old 02-15-2014, 05:51 AM   #1
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Doors are stuck on.

So I just bought my second TJ. This one like my first one has never had the doors off of it so they are stuck on. Once again this puzzles me because i can see the entire hinge pin spinning in the hinge but it wont lift out. On my last one I remember it got to be such big balls that I took the jeep to the body shop and had them put on new hinges. Has anyone found any tricks or secrets to getting them off?

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Old 02-15-2014, 05:58 AM   #2
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There have been a few threads in the past about this. It generally is a PIA but can be accomplished. PB Blaster, Kroil or any other cleaning/ cutting good lubing oil will work. The 2 mentioned are the "preferred" best for this. Spray each hinge on a daily basis and while holding the door about half open, lift and swing back and forth. Plan on several days. It is obviously easier if you have half doors. I have also read about people using a hydraulic jack and a block of wood, but that is something I would only do if in a hurry. Spring is still 5 weeks away!! Good Luck!

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Old 02-15-2014, 06:13 AM   #3
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As recommended in the other threads, I used a floor jack and a 2x4 under the door (close up to the body) and put a little pressure on the bottom of the door while rotating it back and forth very slowly. Popped right off. Once I had the door off I used a piece of emery cloth to clean up the pins and have never had a problem since.
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As recommended in the other threads, I used a floor jack and a 2x4 under the door (close up to the body) and put a little pressure on the bottom of the door while rotating it back and forth very slowly. Popped right off. Once I had the door off I used a piece of emery cloth to clean up the pins and have never had a problem since.
Agreed. Only takes a minute. Just be prepared to catch the door.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:20 PM   #5
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May sound silly but did you remove the nuts on the bottom of the hinge pins?
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:25 PM   #6
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May sound silly but did you remove the nuts on the bottom of the hinge pins?
Keep it stupid simple right haha
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Keep it stupid simple right haha
Youd be surprised...
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:28 PM   #8
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when i bought my first TJ the hinges were seized on good for the doors. What did i do? Tried heat and pb blaster, no luck. Tried hammering it out , no luck. I ended up take a grinder, with a cut disk on it and sliced the Pin between the metal where the two cylinders meet on the hinge. then hauled the door of in seconds. had to replace the pins though of course lol
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:32 PM   #9
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PB blaster and have someone else work the door open/closed while you lift from close to the hinge. Be ready to catch it if it jumps. Put anti-seize on the pins when you put the doors back on and it'll be easier next time.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I've always had better luck with fluid film instead of PB blaster as a penetrating oil but I keep both on hand. I better start soaking them now. Unfortunetly here in Erie PA we have much more than 5 weeks of winter remaining. I also have a hi-lift jack that I may be able to put on the bottom stud of the pin and give it a push up.
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I'd be careful about putting the hi-lift jack on the bottom bolt and lifting without equal pressure on the top bolt as well. That might bend the bottom hinge or warp the door. I've removed both full and half doors just by applying upward pressure on doors while at the same time swinging them back and forth. The first time it takes some effort and time, just keep at it. Much easier next time. I replaced the OEM hinge inserts on mine last year with nylon inserts. Now they slide like glass.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:06 PM   #12
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To avoid using a jack and potentially bending the hinges, lift up from the bottom of the door like you normally would and have someone step into the door frame (or side steps if you have them on). Works like a charm on mine. Their weight will push the jeep down while you're pushing the door up
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I have had to do the jack trick once. The door inserts on hinges are bad. Need replaced.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:23 PM   #14
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I had to use the jack trick as well (I used a normal floor jack) to get my doors off the first time. A little silicone spray and grease in the hinges before I put them back...now they come off with ease every time.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I've always had better luck with fluid film instead of PB blaster as a penetrating oil but I keep both on hand. I better start soaking them now. Unfortunetly here in Erie PA we have much more than 5 weeks of winter remaining. I also have a hi-lift jack that I may be able to put on the bottom stud of the pin and give it a push up.
Heyyy a fellow Erie Jeeper!
Perhaps maybe using a 1x1 block of wood(or possibly smaller, not sure what will fit between the door and body) directly under the bottom pin and put a little upwards pressure on it? Hopefully enough to break it free. Could probably work it back and forth once you have pressure on the pin. A few days of penetrating oil would help a lot though.
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I used a long pry bar. I put the metal end on the concrete and put the plastic handle under the lower hinge. I stood on the door sill and rocked the door open and closed till it came off. Cleaned pins and used anti-seize now they come right off.
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du du du du dubya d 40, to the rescue, for real, wd40.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:57 PM   #18
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Take a small flat head screwdriver and wedge it in between the top and bottom hinges where they touch. The metal and rust tend to make a "bond" somehow. Try to break most of it up. Take a jack and a black of wood( and a towel on the wood for added protection) and have the door open about 2/3 of the way so you'll have to slip off the limiting straps. Jack it up alittle to give it pressure and wiggle back and forth a hair. Should start coming off very slowly. Works 99% of the time. WD40 or PB Blaster will help some too.
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Had same problem with my '05 TJ's full doors. I soaked hinge pins for a couple of days with PB Blaster. Then took a 3 ft 2X4, with one end resting on the bottom door sill and the rest of the board sticking out under the door. With the door about half open and moving the 2X4 to the front edge of the door bottom, so it was as close to under the hinges as I could get it, gently lifted the opposite end of the board, lifting up the door. I was surprised how easily each door lifted out of the hinges and came off. If you're by yourself, be prepared to catch the door cause full doors are kinda heavy.
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The guy hit the nail on the head a couple posts up. The doors aren't that heavy, no need to rig up a macgyver 2x4 get up. Spray hinges with wd40, roll down the window, with the door open put arm through window from the inside and grasp the bottom of the door with that hand. Wedge your knee under the bottom of the door too and push up with your knee and lift with your hands all the wile be rocking the door back and forth on its hinge, not much. A couple inches back and forth will do all while applying steady upward pressure.
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Take the nut off & run it sideways into a tree. Works every time. It'll also break loose anything else rusted. It's a twofer!
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Take the nut off & run it sideways into a tree. Works every time. It'll also break loose anything else rusted. It's a twofer!
Ohhhh yeah or you could put it on top of a tall building thats about to be demolished and let it drop that has always been my fav!
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Ohhhh yeah or you could put it on top of a tall building thats about to be demolished and let it drop that has always been my fav!
Yeah but... how would you even get it up there
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Yeah but... how would you even get it up there
Well you obviously attach a crane to the door since we know it wont come off lol
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Well you obviously attach a crane to the door since we know it wont come off lol
Yes, perfect, problem solved.
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Well you obviously attach a crane to the door since we know it wont come off lol
If it's a Rubi, you just drive it up.
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If all else fails, I hear dynamite has a tendency to loosen stuck parts!
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Park in St.Louis overnight.
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Park in St.Louis overnight.
Ya then u can drive around on cement blocks! They have the smoothest ride! Much better than mudtires!
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Ya then u can drive around on cement blocks! They have the smoothest ride! Much better than mudtires!
and smoother than a YJ!

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