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Old 08-03-2010, 01:49 AM   #1
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Doors come off┐?

I just bought a used 2002 jeep wrangler sport tj. I bought a mirror relocating kit too. I took the nuts off the doors but me and my buddys couldnt get the doors to move. The doors have some rust where the bolts sit into the hinge so used some 4D40 on them and still nothing.I know the doors have never been off. Was hoping that someone could tell me what would be the best way to get them off? Then too I cant even loosen the bolts on the windshield bracket to get the mirror relocating kit on. Is there a trick for those bolts too?

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This is my 2002 Im tiring to get the doors off of.
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:57 AM   #3
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WD40 is no more than a lube... use something like PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench to loosen them up.
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Use a floor jack and a block of wood...place the wood between the door and the jack as close as you can get to the hinge and VERY slowly start to crank the jack up. It will not pop right away...so pump it up just a little (you'll start to see it lift the body of the Jeep up off the suspension) and have someone put some weight on the Jeep to flex the suspension while you hang onto the door. Once it breaks free, it'll pop out of the hinges faster than just one person can catch it so always have someone there ready to catch it and keep it from smacking the ground or the side of your Jeep. Make sure you undo the strap inside so it doesn't hang up when it pops out.

Also, keep your windows rolled down...gives you better leverage and less chance of shattering the glass.

Before you reinstall the doors...clean the hinge pins real good with a scotch bright pad or fine grit sandpaper and then smear some all-purpose grease on the hinge pins. The doors will pop right off the next time. Remember to grease the pins occasionally to keep them nice and smooth.
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WD40 is no more than a lube... use something like PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench to loosen them up.
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Or you can make a 50/50 mix of ATF and Acetone. Best penetrant. Evar.
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