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Car door shuts too fast

Two of my car doors swing shut when I have them open and want them open. How do I adjust them so I can solve this problem?

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    Both doors swing shut under they're own weight


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The hinge has anchoring bolt and pin somewhere around the inner arm part of the hinge. tighten the bolt by the closing armature. also a body shop could easily remedy this with one of their wrenches ok?

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