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Old 06-21-2011, 07:24 AM   #1
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Problem with doors coming off?

Previous owner never took the doors off and had the jeep for years..now seems rusted and can't get them off advice please!!!

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Old 06-21-2011, 07:28 AM   #2
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pb blaster or wd-40...soak em a bit. make sure the nut it removed on the bottom side of each hinge, then open the door about halfway and lift and rock the door open and shut (as you are lifting)

once it goes though be careful, it goes from heavy to light in quick once it is loose

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Old 06-21-2011, 07:30 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help this is the best forum!!!
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:32 AM   #4
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take nuts off, penetrant of your choice, swing them back and forth some. floor jack with 2x4 underneath it closest to the mirror and it will submit. best to spray them on a hot day and do it multiple times
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:03 AM   #5
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Is there only nuts on the bottom?? (mine do not have any)
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:14 AM   #6
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yes only nuts. get a good penetrant, spray it alot. swing doors back and forth *while pulling up on the door* and do this for a few minutes.spray, pull, swing, repeat.
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A lot of patients are needed the most. I had the same problem when I took my doors off. Like everyone said you need to remove the bolts on the bottom of each hinge. I would spray the pins with wd-40 for a few days prior to removing them; that is if the paint is coated on there. Swing the doors back and forth while lifting up. Get someone strong to help with the doors. If they are full doors they are pretty heavy.
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Is there only nuts on the bottom?? (mine do not have any)
Yes, they came new with only nuts on the bottom of the hinge pins. In your case it sounds as if the previous owner may have removed the nuts and didn't put them back on. Many (including me) do not put the nuts back on. If no nuts there, then just do what everybody's saying, lube, swing, lift, repeat. I haven't tried the jacking thing, if you jack, make sure the lifting point is as forward (close to the hinges) as you can. Watch that you don't bend the door when you jack. Many swear by this jacking method.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:19 AM   #9
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Be sure to put a good grease on both sides of the hinge before you put them back on. I picked a tube of white lithium that I use. Tube keeps it off my hands.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:32 AM   #10
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Be sure to put a good grease on both sides of the hinge before you put them back on. I picked a tube of white lithium that I use. Tube keeps it off my hands.
yes... grease or anti-seaze. You'd never have a problem with them again.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:32 AM   #11
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Once you get them off you'll wanna put some anti-sieze on the pins or white litho grease!
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:42 AM   #12
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One door off still passenger side to go little harder to do!!
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:53 AM   #13
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take a block of wood and a floor jack and open the door, place the flookjack under the door withe the block on it bout mid way ( not to the end cuz it will put it in a pinch) jack up the jack to where it touches the door, and slowly bump the jack up more, should pop lose
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i have a 2001 tj and the doors where never taken off by the previous owner. what size are the nuts and what is the easyest way to remove them ?
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13mm are the nuts
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If you use the jack method make sure to have a friend waiting to catch the door... I've read that once it releases it'll probably pop right out of the hinge.
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:18 PM   #17
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put your hands as close to the hindges as possible when lifting, for me that helped more than anything else.
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What are you guys using to take those nuts off? I know that sounds dumb, but I have paint on there and don't want to scratch it up. Any suggestions?
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13mm thanks for the info just bought a set of deep well SAE & METRIC .
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i was able to loosen them with a open ended wrench and it didnt ruin the paint
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I'll give that a try and thanks.
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What are you guys using to take those nuts off? I know that sounds dumb, but I have paint on there and don't want to scratch it up. Any suggestions?
touch up paint. I also have a jeep wrench for the door nut but it still will scratch them up.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:33 AM   #23
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I had the same problem! This is goin to sound stupid you will need wd-40 (it wont hurt the paint) 2x4 cut to length and a floor jack. Take the nuts off, Spray the bolts down, swing the doors back and fourth cut the 2x4 to where it will fit between the jack and the bottom bolt on the door. start jacking it up slowly and have just a lil amount of preassure on it swing the door just a lil bit if it has not popped out yet. I know its a redneck way of doing it but it worked for me. If you would like you can put a rag over the top of the 2x4 so you dont scratch your paint.

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