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gplayer12
post Mar 14 2012, 11:41 AM
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I have searched every way I can think of and didn't find an answer. My drivers side door NEVER wants to stay open even on level ground. Is their a way to fix this problem?
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post May 1 2012, 02:06 PM
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Now THAT's a question I can't say I've ever seen...

Open the door all the way - you should see a corrugated rubber hose - this carries your wires and such to the door. Above that (going off of memory here) should be a metal "bar" that attaches to the door and kinda disappears into the body. It should have a divot in it - probably not readily visible but inside the body itself. Inside the body is usually a spring-loaded bearing that "falls" into this divot to hold the door in an open position. It's possible that this spring mechanism broke or is stuck.

That being said, I have NO IDEA how to go about replacing it if it's broken - I don't even know how to access the thing besides through that small opening. I imagine it's deep behind the dash as I'm pretty sure it's not visible from under the hood. Maybe down beneath the windshield cowl?

If you can SEE the spring and it appears to be in tact, you could try hitting it with some white lithium grease to free it up. Oh and it's also possible that the rod I'm referring to with the divot is misaligned, broken, bent, or missing.

Dunno if any of this helps - grab some pictures of the door hinge area and slap 'em up here if possible.
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post May 8 2012, 01:02 PM
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QUOTE (gplayer12 @ Mar 14 2012, 11:41 AM) *
I have searched every way I can think of and didn't find an answer. My drivers side door NEVER wants to stay open even on level ground. Is their a way to fix this problem?


Mine does same thing. Bad bushings is what i guess mine is. It is annoying
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post May 8 2012, 04:09 PM
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I know the door checks on the Strats are replaceable because I had one of the ones in my car replaced ynder warranty when it was still new. They bolt onto the door on one side and are held into a clamp on the other side by a pin that pulls out. Startus coupes have huge, heavy doors though, so if the car is ever on too much of an incline the door will never stay open on it's own without some kind of assistance
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post May 8 2012, 06:39 PM
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QUOTE (whiteout @ May 8 2012, 06:09 PM) *
I know the door checks on the Strats are replaceable because I had one of the ones in my car replaced ynder warranty when it was still new. They bolt onto the door on one side and are held into a clamp on the other side by a pin that pulls out. Startus coupes have huge, heavy doors though, so if the car is ever on too much of an incline the door will never stay open on it's own without some kind of assistance


I've begun to just get used to it. My girlfriend has a 97 and an 02 eclipse and I wish my doors stayed open half as well.
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