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Old 12-23-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Door hard to shut

Anyone else with a 2014 or 13 having an issue with closing the diver side door? I have to slam the thing shut..I was thinking it was because its a hard top , i had a soft top and the doors were easy to close.

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Old 12-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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It is normal...you will get used to it.

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Old 12-23-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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You don't necessarily have to slam it, but you need your hand on the handle and push it closed unless the windows are cracked or top off.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #4
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That's because they are meant to be hanging in your garage.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:22 PM   #5
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That's because they are meant to be hanging in your garage.

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Old 12-23-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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It's been like that since 07. Normal. When you get in grab the handle as far to the rear as possible and pull.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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On my '14 you also have to slam the fronts pretty hard. Used to have a '98 TJ and don't remember it taking as much force to close.

Also, I did notice that the driver side door gasket wants to come out of the indentations around the upper corners on mine, so might check that?
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:05 PM   #8
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Mine (14 JKUR) were all hard to close - unless a window down. Then this week it is down in the low teens - 13 degrees out. They seem to close much easier when this cold. Amazing that a Jeep with all the openings, roof, firewall, etc...would be hard to close due to being air tight.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:34 PM   #9
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Same here..Like trying to close the door on the fridge with a pound of bacon resting too far outside the middle shelf.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:05 PM   #10
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I have to crack my window a little bit to shut the door without slamming it. 2014 JK Sport
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:35 PM   #11
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First time I closed my door with the top 'off' I thought I broke something I slammed it so hard. With the top off it closes much easier. The weather seals are great (and tight). -thats what she said...
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:37 PM   #12
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I have a 13 jku hard top and mine were like that I have 6800 miles and the just started getting easier to shut
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:05 AM   #13
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The main reason is because your Jeep like ours is air tight. That is a good thing.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:33 AM   #14
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:41 AM   #15
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Same here..Like trying to close the door on the fridge with a pound of bacon resting too far outside the middle shelf.
That is quite the specific experience to be comparing it to.




On that note.....mmmmm....bacon.....
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #16
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Close it like a man. What I told my grandson. He has no problem closing it now.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:06 PM   #17
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The main reason is because your Jeep like ours is air tight. That is a good thing.
Agreed, same here for my hardtop JK- my wife's soft top JK is much easier.
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...try it at -30 Fahrenheit...
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Love all the responses ...my soft top I never had an issue with the door ...this hard top is a lot harder...Bacon
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My rear passenger side door was really hard to close when I first purchased it. I removed the doors and it was really gunked up. I cleaned them all up and used lithium grease. Now they are butter smooth.
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For a week or so when I got my 13' I was almost always having to shut the door twice. I thought there might be a problem with the latch but you just got to use a little extra force. I don't have any problems now.
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Someone said earlier it was a air pressure thing. I believe he is correct and the issue is resolved with a window open or top off. My 2013 does the same thing with windows closed but with a window open or the top off, it's far easier.
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Someone said earlier it was a air pressure thing. I believe he is correct and the issue is resolved with a window open or top off. My 2013 does the same thing with windows closed but with a window open or the top off, it's far easier.
It's exactly that coupled with new owners not being used to doors that really don't weigh all that much makes it seem like an issue, but it's not. Just a learning thing.
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Have a 2013 Rubicon 2dr with premium soft top and 11k miles of door shutting effort experience. Just did a 400 mile trip in a buddies 14' JKUR with hard top and constantly had to shut the door twice cause I wussed out on the effort. Not sure if it was HT or new seals (or combo) but it definitely took a much harder slam to get the doors to shut.
Fortunately the human body is a wonderful thing.....you learn quickly to adjust your slam. Just be careful when getting in the wifes car. I get the evil eye when I forget and give it the real man jeep slam.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:12 PM   #26
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My 'Oops' moment comes in the summer when I take my own top off and have to remember to stop slamming my own door.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:20 PM   #27
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Yup you def have to pay attention to close it. I came from a car where I avoided shutting the doors to be careful so the first week I had the jeep I found myself shutting the door 3 or 4 times sometimes lol you will get used to it
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:24 PM   #28
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same here... i also havea 2014 JKU sport. and i wondered the same, but apparently everyone experiences it with the newer JK models.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:50 PM   #29
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I was about to head back to the dealer a couple weeks ago, to have them fix the driver's door. I'd try all the other doors, and they would close just fine, but then I'd go close the driver's door and it wouldn't close.
Thing is, the driver's door was open while testing all the other doors!
Came to this forum, quick search mentioned the pressure thing, tried with windows down, no problem.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:58 PM   #30
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For a vehicle that is literally put together with removable pieces and bolts it's amazing that they're so air tight ..
The dealer that I bought mine from calls them 'Lego' vehicles ...

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