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Old 07-31-2011, 10:25 AM   #1
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2002 TJ Doors won't come off

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I just got my first Jeep, and want to take my full doors off. I've taken the nuts off the door hinges but the damn door won't budge. I've spraired WD 40 on the hinge several times and tried to beat the stud in the hinge up without messing up the threads but not even a 1/16 of movement.

Any suggestions?

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Old 07-31-2011, 10:43 AM   #2
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I have hear people putting a 2x4 along the bottom of the door and then using a floor jack to slowly lift it. The 2x4 will help distribute the pressure. If you do a search on the forum this topic has been discussed several times.

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Old 07-31-2011, 10:47 AM   #3
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PB blaster, swing and lift at the same time. There seems to be a sweet spot about 60* on mine.... Once they come out, clean the pins and grease them well before replacing.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:13 AM   #4
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PB Blaster on the way, thanks for the comments
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:10 PM   #5
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Also, don't beat on the hinge pins. They are permanently attached to the upper hinge/door, and will NOT come out. They stay in the door when you lift it off.

Roll the window all the way down and get a good grip on the top and bottom part of the main door, then apply upward pressure while swinging them slowly through a full open/close arc. They'll let go eventually. Make sure you're ready for it; sometimes they pop right up and out without warning, and are HEAVY...
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:43 PM   #6
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:39 PM   #7
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PB blaster + 2x4 + floor jack works wonders, but jack it up slowly.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:12 PM   #8
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Yes a floor jack and pb blaster will definitely work,I just had to do it to mine and it saved the day.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:08 PM   #9
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When I got my jeep a few months ago the doors were being little bitches. But PB blaster worked like a charm. Just gift spray a ton and work it back and forth with some upward pressure.

Word to the wise on the doors, be care when putting them back on that you do it perfectly because if the pins scrap the inside you'll shave down the inside and the door may not want to go back on. It'll take some scraping with a screw driver to get it to go back in.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:35 PM   #10
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OP, I also have a 2002. When I first tried to take my doors off, the passenger door was stiff. Eventually it came off after applying plenty of WD-40 and a little lifting and swinging the door back and forth. The driver's door wouldn't budge no matter how much I lifted or swung the door back and forth. I had to use a 2"X4" and a jack to "coax" it out of the hinges. ;-)

Definately be ready when your hinges eventually let go of the pins. Then use some Anti-seize or Never Seez compound in your hinges and on the pins.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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Well I gave the jack and 2x4 a try, with no give whaqt so ever. I only sprayed the hinges a couple of time with PB Blaster. I was actually worrying about bending the hinges when I had the jack and board trying to lift it. Don't know what to do next except take it to a dealer.
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Ya won't have to take it to a dealer. I would try to stay away from the jack bc ya could bend the hinges. And there is no comic back from that. Just keep working with the PB blaster. Took 2 days for me.
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Back and forth... Back and forth......Back and forth...... While lifting. Very tiresome but it will work. Keep your eye on the hinge pins. Use the Force.
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Place the jack under the door as close as you can get to the door pins...jack until the Jeep starts to lift up off the suspension (not up in the air, just until the body starts to rise a couple inches). Hold onto the door and be ready for it to pop out cuz it will go quickly and you don't want it to slam into the side of your Jeep or crash to the ground and break something. Have a partner hop inside the door sill. It WILL pop out. Repeat for other side. Don't even THINK about doing this alone...you'll either break something in the door, screw up your paint, or pull a muscle.
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Mines a 2003 and it just took some effort. The previous owners never took them off. PB blaster an muscle work just fine.
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Screwed my back up big time trying to get my doors off last summer. Was already off work due to back injury, and still am as of now (been off for almost 14 months now). I had the windows open and doing the swinging the door thing. Already had a new set of pins purchased from a site posted on here in a thread I was replying to back then. Was also a pain getting those old wire mesh type bushings out so I could replace with new pins.

Can take my doors off with one hand now although I don't because it hurts!!

PB Blaster and a heck of a lot of patience, is what is required!

I wouldn't use a jack either, myself.
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Yea. Using a jack is just asking for possible trouble. Just be patient.
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Spray them, swing them, then put 2x4 under door closest to the pins as possible and jack a couple pumps, easiest way to free them. Worked on mine in literary minutes.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #19
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Oh Ya! Don't forget to take off the nuts on the bottom of the pins.

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Old 08-02-2011, 08:29 PM   #20
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Nuts are off, and I keep spraying. I can lift the door until the jeep body goes up a couple inches, but will be persistant.
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Yeah sldghmr, be persistent.

Great advice about using the jack: as close to the hinges as you can place it, and only a little lift at a time. This is exactly what I did (one hand on the jack, one on the door) and when I saw the pin start to slide out of the hinge, I grabbed the door with both hands and lifted with my knees.

I put some Anti Seize on the pins and in the hinges, and now the doors come off effortlessly.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:26 PM   #22
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Finally got them, had some help from an experienced Jeep guy we used a floor jack and board and they came right off. Just needed to man handle it, I was a little leary since it was my first time.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:47 PM   #23
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Congrats! I got my doors off last night - thanks to the comments from everyone else on this thread.
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I'm glad I found this. I just bought my tj a few days ago. Went to take the doors off yesterday, pulled the nuts off, forget about it. They're wedged on there so tight. I've had Hoppes Bore Solvent soaking on them over night. I figure if it'll take rust and baked lead outta my 12 ga, it'll help me get the doors off. Trouble is now, I don't have a floor jack. Just some buddies that aren't gonna want to help me with this. We'll see how it goes!

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