Driver's side door's hinges are not tight as they used to be. Door was at a slight angle, but the door could previously close after slamming the door.
Now, the latch appears stuck in the lock position and won't give an inch to allow the door to close. Door is at a worse downward angle than before as well, but still won't latch when lifting the door to line up the pivot and groove.
Pivot in door doesn't appear to move when unlocking the doors either by button, auto-unlock keyfob, or manual key.
Can't hold the door as closed as possible all the time.
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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).
spray penetrating oil into door latch mechanism, all angles and holes, up and down and keep working door open and close. It is dry and gummed up. a good maintenance procedure for all doors, hinges, and especially tailgate mechanisms. once you have a poorly latched tailgate open going down the road, and loose your cargo, you will learn to notice when things are not latching properly!
Hi John, If the latching mechanism is in the locked position, does it open when either of the handles are pulled? If it is not opening you may need clean and service the linkages and the latching mechanism or replace the latch. The locking mechanism inside the latch is is an off center sort of horse shoe shape. If it is closed you will see a bar which will be in an almost vertical position, and it should release when either of the door handles is operated. If it is failing to lock, (which I am suspecting), the latch will be at an angle of about fifty degrees. If that is the case, using a Philips (star screw driver) push the latch back to find out if it is latching. If it does, use either of the handles to release it again. If it fails to hold in the closed position, the linkages from the release handles may be fouled, damaged or disconnected. If everything is correct in those areas, the latch may need replacement. Check that first, let me know how you get on and if we need to go further and carry out a replacement, which will mean removing the door panel, and the mechanism let me know so we can go through it together. Regards John
Remember that there is a little play in the hinges, even new ones, enough that just a slight degree of play at the hinge axis will result in several fractions of an inch movement at the latching end of the door. The key here (assuming the lower hinge is still mounted at factory height with respect to latch) is to adjust the angle of the hinge's axis such that the latching mechanism is 1/2 inch higher than the stiker plate BEFORE tightening down the hinge's mounting bolts, then when you remove your support holding up the latch end of the door it should sag back down approx 1/2 inch and line up perfectly with the latch plate. I used to do this on an old '79 Monte Carlo I used to have and even being the smallest of the Monte's, it still had fairly long, heavy doors for back then even and could get the doors to shut/latch perfectly. I own a VUE now-a-days and its door's are featherweights by comparison so they should be fairly easy to adjust and you shouldn't have to tighten the @#$% out of the mounting bolts during the adjustment, just make sure you tighten them good when the alignment turns out correct upon final inspection.
If your adjustment sags again after shutting the door a few times, then you didn't tighten down the hinge mounting bolts enough and will have to go through the adjust procedure again making sure to tighten things up better the 2nd time around.
These things can be a pain, cause I have one... Have you adjusted the striker mechanism? Your adjustments are basically the striker and the door hinges. It is possible that you have worn door hinge pin(s). You may need to adjust the hinges. Rick
sure :while not hearing of any going bad on something that new(08)
ford allways has had a problem with door hinge pins wearing
and not allowing latch to line up hence it does'nt close tight and rattles
simple sat. day fix for you and a buddy
obtain new hinge bushings (brass) from NAPA
or other store have buddy raise edge of door tap out old bushings with pin punch and hammer ALL FOUR) tap in new ones use a plastic punch if possible to save dammage to new ones
take red crayon and put a line on top and bottom of latch pin shut door and open again What crayon line is missing
top line loosten bottom door hinge move up slightly tigthen bolts
Bottom line missing adjust bottom hinge down then repeat test
till both crayon lines are still there
door is now centered
it won't rattle now
closes easyier too
Most car doors are adjustable to some degree.
I assume from your description that the latch is misaligned so the stationary part is too high.
That part is normally slightly adjustable.
If you loosen the screws holding it to the door frame, you'll find that it can be shifted in all compass directions.
Frankly, Ford had a commercial years ago showing a production line behind the speaker that stuck forever in memory.
I recall that it was a Mustang of the era and the worker had a 2X4 under the lip of the door postioned at about 45 degrees, with the other end resting on the lower door frame and he was prying up and trying the door as he worked.
It looked pretty primitive and not something I would have let the outside world see.
If, after you can adjust the stationary latch so the door closes properly, check the alignment of the door when closed.
If it is too far out of alignment, you might try the hinges to see if they too have some range of adjustment.
If it is not well-centered in the opening, you may have seals that aren't tight any more.
Supposedly, modern vehicles are so precisely built that such slop shouldn't be necessary.
Maybe it isn't . . . on Toyotas.