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Door is "sprung" will no close properly. is this something I can repair myself?

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Tell me your definition of sprung.(what is is doing) and I will tell you how to fix it.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

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    Joyce Adams Oct 19, 2015

    door will not close all the way,even if you lift it up,it still won't catch all the way shut,when driving,it will vibrate open,it accidently came open one time when i was turning a corner

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    Joyce Adams Oct 20, 2015

    now the driver's side will not latch at all and it has never swung open to spring the door,

  • Randy Ohler Oct 23, 2015

    Replace the latch inside the door. Also replace the door hinge bushing/pins.

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