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      Strange front door alignment issue

      Hello,

      I have a very strange problem with the driverís door alignment on my 2009 XC90. A few days ago there were very strong winds here gusting up to 90km/h. When my wife opened the door, it slipped from her hand and the wind flung it open hard to its stop.

      Since then, the top of the door is no longer flush with the vehicle body; it sticks out a bit. The bottom is fine. As a result, there is wind noise. Itís as if the angle of the door no longer matches the carís body.

      I donít see any adjustment for this; the top hinge would have to be moved inwards, or the bottom hinge outwards, to correct but it doesnít seem possible. The only door adjustment I can see is the striker plate, which has nothing to do with this issue since it was caused by the door being flung open. I donít even see any damage - the hinges donít seem bent at all.

      Any ideas? Could it be the pin inside the hinge for example? Iím baffled by this.

      Thanks
      cinergi


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      That is strange. Do you have a pic? It might be as simple of rolling the window down and pulling the top of the door in.
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      The top hinge is sprung. The way to "fix" it is to put a big hammer head in the hinge and gently close the door on it, hard enough to bend the hinge area back. Unless you're desperate, find someone who has done it successfully before. A good auto body shop should be able to do it for you. Give them a 6-pack if they do it free.
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      Quote Originally Posted by John C View Post
      The top hinge is sprung. The way to "fix" it is to put a big hammer head in the hinge and gently close the door on it, hard enough to bend the hinge area back. Unless you're desperate, find someone who has done it successfully before. A good auto body shop should be able to do it for you. Give them a 6-pack if they do it free.
      Thanks, I will check around. Definitely not something I'd like to try myself unless I can't find anyone to do it...

      Masscomguru - unfortunately it doesn't really show in a picture. You need to have the whole door in the picture, and then you wouldn't be able to really spot the difference.

      Thanks
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      Maybe this will help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFp8WRhSI9o
      Good luck
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      Thanks, I also found this article which is similar:
      https://www.hotrodders.com/forum/bas...ir-147580.html

      I'm tempted to try it myself, seems so simple in principle...

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      Sounds like a job for a body man (or woman).

      Your hinge was bent out of alignment when the door flung open too hard. This is akin to bending your knee the wrong way, and it needing special repair.
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      The hammer is good because you can hold the handle while you close the door on the flat sides of the head.
      Last edited by John C; 11-06-2019 at 01:31 PM. Reason: Clarification
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      Quote Originally Posted by John C View Post
      The top hinge is sprung. The way to "fix" it is to put a big hammer head in the hinge and gently close the door on it, hard enough to bend the hinge area back. Unless you're desperate, find someone who has done it successfully before. A good auto body shop should be able to do it for you. Give them a 6-pack if they do it free.
      This.
      I used this method when the door on my A4 was wonked about 15 years ago.
      It was being backed up with it open and hit a bollard the *driver did not see because they were stupid and not paying attention.












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      Conclusion: The issue was resolved by a local body shop. They first adjusted the hinges (they are in fact adjustable on the door side), then used the wedge trick mentioned in this thread to finish the job. The door is back to normal. The total time required was 10 minutes, and they didn't charge me . I will hopefully not need a body shop any time soon, but if I do, they have a new customer.

      Another local body shop that I initially went to said the door is "bent" and quoted $400 to remove, straighten and re-attach it, with a warning that there would be additional fees if the hinges need to be replaced (which I'm sure they would have "discovered" to be the case ).

      -cinergi

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      Quote Originally Posted by cinergi View Post
      [T]hey didn't charge me . I will hopefully not need a body shop any time soon, but if I do, they have a new customer.
      Give them a 6-pack anyhow. Ask what their favorite style is.
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      Quote Originally Posted by John C View Post
      Give them a 6-pack anyhow. Ask what their favorite style is.
      LOL, I actually will! It's close to my workplace.

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      I think the 6-pack idea is very good.
      Build good relationship with people...

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      Better to bring candy, cookies or donuts, or if in a good mood a few pizzas for the whole crew. Make friends with everyone, not just the guy who helped you.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tommm View Post
      Better to bring candy, cookies or donuts, or if in a good mood a few pizzas for the whole crew. Make friends with everyone, not just the guy who helped you.
      Good thinking!
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