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Re: Driver side door latch rubs on the door post latching...
The bushing on your hinge (usually upper) are notorious for wearing out, that is the reason your door is sagging and causing and interferance with your latching post. Adjusting the post is merely masking the problem. You can buy replacement bushing and a spring compressor pretty cheap. I would go for the real problem.
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Your door ajar system is tied into the door latch mechanism. if the door still appears to close tightly, and the door latch works properly, then you may need to adjust or replace the latch, though ford has listed a cleaning procedure for the latch that involves using a tool to test latch position and manually closing the latch (while door is OPEN) using a screwdriver 10-20x and monitoring to see if the latch consistently shows CLOSED and OPEN when it should.
If pushing the door closed after its already closed causes the lamp to turn off, an adjustment of the latch may help, or cleaning the latch contacts may also help. If the door never shows latched regardless of how hard it is pushed, it may be a defective latch, or a wiring problem (Door wires sometimes break in the door harness between the door and the side of the dashboard when the harness enters the vehicle).
Check the latch itself (on the door) is in the open position, ans didn't accidentally flip to the closed position. This has to be open so it can fit over the stud in the door jamb, where it flips over the stud to latch the door. If so, while holding door handle (as if you were trying to open/unlatch door), flip latch open, with a finger or a screwdriver.
It may be the sensor switch. I replaced one on an Audi which was built into the door latch and I vaguely recall at the time that VWs are similar. If you don't have a visible switch somewhere along the door frame, it's probably built right into the door latch and it appears they wear out fairly often. If that's the case, you'll need to pull the door panel off, remove the latch assembly and replace. You may need to replace the entire latch assembly if the switch itself isn't replaceable.
It is possible to adjust the door however you need to be sure that there is no play in the hinges. Open the door and look at the latch and striker (where the latch goes against). If there is wear on either part then the hinges are probably worn. Lift up on the door and check for excessive play. If play is present the hinges should be checked and replaced if necessary. You may be able to adjust the door to the correct position if there is little to no wear in the hinges. The hinge attaching bolts need to be loosened but left snug. A floor jack with padding can be installed under the door for support. Move the door to the desired position and retighten the bolts. It may tke several tries before you get in right. It helps to make the hinges before moving them so that you have a refernce point. Good luck.
This is caused by the door not being properly adjusted to close all the way. When you open the door of the car there should be a stud or U-stud on the door jamb that the door latch latches to. It should be secured by star head bolts. Loosen the bolts and gradually, a little at a time, move the stud towards the inside the car until the light goes out. This will also ensure a proper weatherseal around the door, so there will be no road noise. Also, you will not lose any heat or air in your vehicle when you have the windows up, and running the heat or a/c.
hi dan. on the sliding door,if you look at the art of the door frame where it latches,you will see 3 or 4 screws that hold the latch in place. with wear these will either become loose,or even though feel tight,will allow te latch to shift positions. loosen the screws,adjust the latch forward or back until it latches. then remove the screws and apply loc-tite to the threads to keep this from happening again.
usually the door latch will go bad when the door hinge bushings are very worn. Inspect the door hinge by holding the door a grab the outside door handle and the door shell firmly. Now lift the door up vertically and see if there is any play in the hinges. If the slightest movement is found replace the door hinge pins and bushings. your door latch may work great again If not replace that too
take a look at the latches, make sure they are grease good and all working,sometimes one of the latches freezes up, so the door is not completely latched,also you can adjust the striker to lock tighter,this is located on the body, at the top and bottom of the left side door,take a look and see if all latches are latching, use a screw driver to push them locked and see if latec will stay latched in the lock postion. good luck.
You may need a new latch assembly. Tr y prying a screwdriver in the old lock to see if it will fully closed upon forcing it. If it does latch you do need a new one. They generally wear out if the door hinges need attention or replaced. If the hinges are not tended too in about a year the latch wears out too
Have a close look at the door latch and see if it is in the lock position. If it is, pull the door handle like your going to open the door and place a screw driver or a pen in the latch and pull it open and then try to close the door and see if the latch holds the door close. The chances are good since most GM products are interchange able, the salvage Yard should answer that for you and can tell you better short cuts then any body on how to replace parts. Good luck and hope this helps, keep me posted. Be glad to help.