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Old 06-05-2006, 03:25 AM   #1
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How To Adjust Your Hard To Open Door

As I have seen many threads about why their doors open so hard I figured I'd investigate, and I have solved the problem. Upon examining the door locking mechanism I noticed and adjustment bolt that over time loosens. When this happens the door becomes increasingly harder to open. Below is how to fix the problem. Tools needed: Just a 5/32 allen wrench.

Take the plastic cap located in the below picture off to expose the adjustment bolt.




Insert the long end of the 5/32 allen wrench into the hole carefully.





Once you have insterted the allen wrench turn the bolt clockwise. This is going to require some force as I had to turn it as hard as I could, it may seem like you are over-tightening it but you aren't. Make small adjustments and keep checking the door by closing it and trying to open it. *Make sure you have your window down so that you may open the door on the inside if you need to.




Once you have adjusted your door to the desired setting then replace the plastic cap and you're all done, enjoy your now easy to open door.


*Please note that I am not responsible or liable for anything you do to your car.*
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Old 06-05-2006, 04:43 AM   #2
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*The above post is for doors on the driver's side. Doors on the passenger side you turn the allen wrench counter-clockwise instead to tighten the bolt.
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Old 06-05-2006, 04:48 AM   #3
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wow...there is still something new i have never read about... thanks!!

btw... what exactly does this adjust? the tighter it is.. the easier the door "clicks" open? or...??
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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Sweet find! Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:08 AM   #5
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im gonna try this
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:21 AM   #6
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I'll check TIS when I get home.. but sounds good so far!
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Old 06-05-2006, 05:03 PM   #7
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Need to try this when I get home, i've got countless stories of females being unable to open the doors (nothing sexist)

-"The doors locked!"
--"I'm sure I've unlocked it"
-"Nope its locked"
--I walk around and magically open door
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Old 06-05-2006, 05:24 PM   #8
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I'll put a few more pictures up later showing an inside view.

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Old 06-05-2006, 07:12 PM   #9
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you are the man! I've been experiencing the same issue on my new to me 330CI - glad it's such an easy fix - can't wait to go home and do this
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:07 PM   #10
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im not too sure exactly what this is for. does it make it easier to unlock the door. or is it an adjustment for how heave the door feels when you are trying to open it?
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:20 PM   #11
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This is for people who have have to pull very hard to get their car doors open. There as an adjustment bolt that loosens over time. If you door opens fine then there is no need to do this.
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Need to try this when I get home, i've got countless stories of females being unable to open the doors (nothing sexist)

-"The doors locked!"
--"I'm sure I've unlocked it"
-"Nope its locked"
--I walk around and magically open door
This happens every week with my car too!

This is a GREAT DIY!
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hmm - got home and tried this, unfortunately it did not work for me
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Old 06-06-2006, 12:57 AM   #14
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I had to put a lot of force into turning it, i had to put a deep socket on the end of my allen wrench just so I had more leverage, if you have a ratchet with a hex socket that'll reach into there that would be sufficient. My door would only open if I put my body weight into it, afterwards it opens with my pinky. Maybe you just didn't turn it far enough?
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You're awesome. My door was very hard to open, the stealer quoted over 200 bucks to fix the prob. At first this did not work then I loosed the screw by turing it counter clockwise and then tighting the screw, now my door wooks like new. Thanks so much
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:31 AM   #16
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Need to try this when I get home, i've got countless stories of females being unable to open the doors (nothing sexist)

-"The doors locked!"
--"I'm sure I've unlocked it"
-"Nope its locked"
--I walk around and magically open door
I like watching people stand outside of my car in the heat trying to open my door. If they pull the handle off, I'll make them pay for it.
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I tried to this today before work. I think I need to mess with it somemore cause it didnt do anything so far
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:33 PM   #19
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sweet, too bad no one had this before i tore my entire door apart lol
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Does anyone else have any other ideas to try? I followed the instructions in the TIS program and my door handles are still hard to pull. Tried loosening the screw, then re-tightening with no luck.

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