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Arch 03-19-2013 11:15 AM

New JK doors hard to close!
I apologize in advance if this is already a topic on here. But I have had my JK for 3 months now and I cannot give anyone a ride without having to ask them to close their door again, as the first time didn't have enough force. I really don't care about this and I am glad my Wrangler is solid, but I am wondering if this will get worked in a bit. The dealer told me after a while the doors will become easier to shut. Personally, I have no problem getting them to close but like I said everyone I give a ride cannot seem to shut them haha

bmidd31 03-19-2013 11:16 AM

Hardtop on my 2013 make a tight seal and mine are very hard to shut as well. My wife has to shut hers twice almost every time...

chipmonk66gt 03-19-2013 11:16 AM

It's the norm, everyone has it to some degree.

Lowerumble 03-19-2013 11:18 AM

Stop giving rides to sissys....

blackrubicon 03-19-2013 11:21 AM

It's a matter of pushing them firmly shut and not "slamming" them. If you push them and follow thru you can shut them from 3-4 inches away.

lolpetewtf 03-19-2013 11:22 AM


Happens to me every day. Girlfriend has to shut the door twice. When I exit the Jeep I make sure her door is closed before mine; it is much easier that way.

Arch 03-19-2013 11:22 AM


Originally Posted by Lowerumble (Post 3523788)
Stop giving rides to sissys....

Haha its funny because all of my friends are big boys who bounce and power lift yet they can't shut my door without two tries.

And yes I have a hardtop as well it must be a tight seal, my girlfriend can never get it closed without two tries

ilikeguns 03-19-2013 11:23 AM

just smash one of the windows.. problem solved.

Arch 03-19-2013 11:24 AM

I just follow through and hold on to the handle until it is closed, works every time. Glad to hear I am not the only owner who's experienced this.

Ponderosa 03-19-2013 11:26 AM

You need to turn off "submarine mode" (on the EVIC).

mollyg 03-19-2013 11:29 AM

All new vehicles have the same problem roll the window down 2-3 " lets the air out of the cab its called air tight vehicle. I see the same thing on new big rigs too , window down does the trick.

Gundad68 03-19-2013 11:31 AM

Follow thru works for me.

Jeeps_and_Boats 03-19-2013 11:32 AM

Yep, well trodden topic. Push firmly, or as others have suggested with a bunch of passengers getting into your Jeep, it's sometimes easiest to roll your drivers window down a bit to ease the closing of all the other doors.

My biggest issue is forgetting that a door is open elsewhere on the Jeep, and still firmly shutting the door unnecessarily.

Mom2one 03-19-2013 11:42 AM

My jeep is almost 2 yrs old and I still have to remind people to shut the doors harder than what they are used to doing. No biggie since you get used to having to tell people.

heinzbean 03-19-2013 12:11 PM

The rubber seals are very thick and probably designed to keep water from coming in the doors when your going through deep water.

TrueNorth 03-19-2013 12:36 PM

Just wait till you put your soft top on.

Everyone that gets into you Jeep will slam the door shut.

Fitnesstec 03-19-2013 12:38 PM

Just take the doors off completely.

Senior Chief 03-19-2013 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by Ponderosa (Post 3523835)
You need to turn off "submarine mode" (on the EVIC).


smokintaps 03-19-2013 01:23 PM

if you are running the hardtop with full doors this is completely normal. A tight seal is a good thing.

Cstew 03-19-2013 03:50 PM

I was having the same issue. I put new door bushings in and my doors close with ease. My bushings were shot and my doors sagged just enough to make it a PITA to close them.

Here's the bushings I used. Jeep Co-Op

Ponderosa 03-19-2013 04:08 PM


Originally Posted by TrueNorth (Post 3524102)
Just wait till you put your soft top on.

Everyone that gets into you Jeep will slam the door shut.

Mine do the same thing with the soft top - maybe not quite so bad, but enough that anyone not familiar with it triggers a door ajar message. That sucker fits tight. The only way to get them to close easily is to crack a window.

drl650 10-15-2014 03:59 PM

I too have had my wife say the door is hard to shut so good to hear that it is a common issue. Im fine with it as it feels solid.

baseballfanz 10-15-2014 04:16 PM

You'll get use to it. There's not a lot of weight with these doors like other cars and trucks. First week of ownership I probably had to do it twice every time I close the door.

RubiconSS 10-15-2014 05:48 PM

If it's a women just say "All Men are Evil" right as she is closing it.

Works every time. :)

Otherwise, get in the habit of dropping your window an inch as the doors get closed, that works too.

MikeK46 10-15-2014 05:54 PM


Originally Posted by Arch (Post 3523821)
I just follow through and hold on to the handle until it is closed

This. The doors are relatively light compared to conventional car doors, so momentum alone may not shut them.

pwain 10-15-2014 06:04 PM

The door seals break-in too. On my second JK I had forgotten all about this phenomenon.

Guns Up-USMC 10-15-2014 06:17 PM

2012 JK and almost every one has to close it twice.I tell them it is a Jeep and not to be afraid to slam the door to shut it.

Carnut12 06-12-2016 05:08 PM

Mine are the same way. That said when I was at the dealer checking them out I noticed some closed much better then others, I think alignment of the doors plays a part as well. They were all brand new and several closed no problem with little effort multiple times, others never shut well.

moto_italia 06-12-2016 05:52 PM

Just roll your window down 1/2" before the passenger shuts her door. Then roll up your window.

KC10Chief 06-12-2016 08:12 PM

Drive your Jeep through deep water sometime that comes up higher than the bottom of the doors. Notice how water doesn't come in? You can thank the seals for that. It's a Jeep. Not a Chevy Tahoe!

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