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Old 04-02-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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NEED HELP!!. driver door latch wont shut

i've been having problems with the latch itself, not any of the pullys or levers, but where the striker pin physically goes into the latch an the latching plates latch shut. they werent clicking shut so i took it apart and they randomly started working as i was cleaning it out so i figured it just needed a good cleaning, once i got it cleaned up and put back together, the latched worked a few times and then all at once stopped working again. its like there was nothing to make them stay shut and i dont know what to do. i Need this fixed pronto. if you guys have any ideas it would be much appreciated.

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Old 04-02-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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nobody has any ideas??

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Old 04-02-2012, 10:41 PM   #3
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Sounds like something mine does sometimes too. I just squeeze the the latch plates together to their closed position and when I close the door they catch fine. It seems like they stick worse when it's cold.

I can get some pics tomorrow when it's light out if you need.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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Sounds like something mine does sometimes too. I just squeeze the the latch plates together to their closed position and when I close the door they catch fine. It seems like they stick worse when it's cold.

I can get some pics tomorrow when it's light out if you need.
the problem with mine is that the latch plates dont catch. i took it apart again (4th time tonight) and finally found that the back plate that you cant see that the two latch plates have to catch on with sometimes get stuck in the open position if the handle is pulled too far, only problem is, the way the main latch assembly is put together you can't open that part up, i think i will have to play with getting the pull arms connect at the right length as to prevent them from pulling that plate too far but just far enough to open.

didnt want to do it tonight as i have been much to irritated to want to deal with it anymore, finally got it shut (sort of) and strapped closed. i'll have to deal with it more tomorrow.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:44 PM   #5
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It sounds like the striker pin is out of adjustment. You can loosen it and adjust it to the proper position. I'm curious if you've recently changed doors from FULL to HALF doors or did this just happen over time with the same doors? And, also curious how the body lines look once you actually get the door to shut properly (along the bottom, is the body line pretty even?). There are a lot of adjustments that can be made, but it's a bit important to know what the body lines look like in order to know what really needs the adjustment (hinges or striker pin).
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:29 AM   #6
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It might be that you have your doors on? XD but in all seriousness my old Dakota I used to have had the same problem I took a pipecleaner and tried getting all the junk out and then some wD 40 fixed it
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:07 PM   #7
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flushing

You might try flusing it out real good with brake cleaner. Take a screwdriver, or something similar and use it to latch the door. Then unlatch with the door handle. Work it many times while flushing it.

When you get done, lube it with an actual lubricant, not WD40. See if that works. If not, then it is something physical.

Need to check the part that does the latching and see if it is worn or out of alignment.

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Old 04-03-2012, 09:11 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice, i found the problem, the back latch plate that actually locks the front(visible) latch plates in place will sometimes stick if it is opened as far as it can go. i cleaned it the best i could, its hard though because that assembly of the lock mechanism is put together with pins that can really be removed and reassembled. I think i have it fixed by adjusting the pully arms so that they open the latch just enough to release the striker pin.

My next problem is that i got a new striker pin cause the last one was cracked and bent, but this new one when mounted is too far away from the door latch. it will latch on to one plate one click, but not fully and i dont know how to adjust it anymore.

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