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Drivers side door wont seal,

Door appears to hang properly, the second latch mechanism doesn't seem to pull the door tight to creat seal

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Latch has probably broke internally if you can slam door and dosent close replace latch maybe 15 dollars from a scrap yard and takes about 25 min max tools needed star screw driver and flat blade to take door panel off

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