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Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:51 pm 
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I went away to Falls for my new years celerbations, my car was parked sideways on a steep hill and when i opened the doors it swang open and over extended. Now i can't open the door properly because it hits the front corner panel. What do I need to do to fix it. Its a 98 EL Fairmont.
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Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:52 pm 
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You might have folded the support pillar for the door :| Have a look where the hinges bolt on, compare it to the other side, and if its bent, then that will be your problem. If its the case, you may need professional help?

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 6:50 pm 
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I had a look and it all lokks the same, if I pull the door backwards a bit i can open it easier but it still rubs. Pro help how much is that goin to cost me?
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Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:01 pm 
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Hard to tell without knowing what damage has occured. Any chance of some pictures? Someone may have experienced the same problem and may be able to help you!

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:06 pm 
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Is it just clipping the rear edge of the guard ?
If so try opening the door 3/4 so you can get to the edge of the guard then give it a sharp pull outwards. Mine was rubbing slightly when it opened (and made a terrible noise in the process) and this fixed it in 10 seconds. This was done by a panel beater too :)

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:36 pm 
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Sounds like you have damaged the check strap. Thats the small steel strap between the hinges that stops the door from over extending.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:35 pm 
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I gave it a pull like u said Hyena and it seems to have helped but it still rubs a bit, but not as bad and without the horrific nosie.
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Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:03 pm 
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Mate your hinges are bent, best way to fix them is to undo the locating bolts on the hinges unplug all the wiring and check strap and then slide the door up and off the hinges, then all you need to do is get a big shifter and put it over the hinge and bend it towards the rear of the car, know just refit the door and see if it lines up if it doesnt check what has to be done if it is too low at the back bend the bottom hinge back and if it is too high bend the top hinge back.
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Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:16 pm 
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Problem fixed, i went all out on it. Took the front corner panel off, loosened the hingers and moved it back. Now theres i big grap between the front qauter and the door but I don't care coz it dosen't rub any more.
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