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Old 22-05-2020, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Beetle door alignment

Does anyone have any advice on aligning beetle doors. The car was restored however the door gaps were untouched, tthe doors were fitted pre and post painting and fitted well.

The car is bolted to the floor as per the sequence VW advised. I recall a Hot Vws article that covered it but it seems to have been taken down.

The back of the doors seem to drop and need lifting to shut.

Any advice would be grateful.
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First check for wear in the door hinge pins, if they are OK, you could try this:
This is going to sound "Brutal" and a bit drastic, but I've done it a few times, and it has worked for me.orks.
Open the door slightly, grip the bottom rear corner, and heave upwards.
Start gently, and increase force gradually if necessary, you may have to do this a few times. It shouldn't damage any new paint, but the result is usually pretty impressive.
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The hinge pins were replaced prior to paint so should be good. Thanks I'll give it a try.
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Double check there's no play in the hinges. Just cos they were replaced doesn't always remove the play from the wear. It's not just the pins that wear but the face of the lower pivot point. If the new pin doesn't entirely remove play in the pin then you will still get some drop of the doors rear.

If the hinges are all good then the lift and heave method works well
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Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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