Last Feb, someone backed into my front passenger door. their insurance paid for the repair, but did not offer and recommended body shop. So, i asked around and was referred to a place. The door was repaired, though it creaked a bit when driving and was a tight fit. Most importantly, it would open and close. However, only a few weeks later, the lock jammed in the lock position. I took it back, they haggled a bit, and then 'fixed' it. Two weeks later it is broken. I phone my insurance company, who was not involved in the repair project, and am told they'll call the body shop. Body shop says they'll fix it. I finally schedule this past Friday to get the work done. (Use my car for work) I pick up the car, it works once... not twice. Door won't open. Body shop says: we can't keep fixing this. I say,i paid you 1000. to fix my door, no one else has touched it (it can't open, see.) He bangs at it from all sides (dropping keys... drama in background.) Finally it pops open. Of course, once home, it won't work.
Long story short: How do i get this fixed? Do I bite the bullet and pay someone else? What are my options? Can a body shop be held accountable?
It sounds like one of the locking rods could be binding up, or the locking mechanism is just screwed. If you have worked on small car componets before you might be able to fix it yourself. If you do want to do it yourself, shoot me an e-mail and I will send you pictures of what to do and what to look for.
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The seat will remove easily enough, there will be wires to dis-connect. The doors may be held on by huge phillips screws, in really tight. You may need a large phillips bit that fits a ratchet wrench, impact wrench even better. Make marks to insure the door goes back to the same spot. on the hinge mounts to the body.
That could be a leak around the windshield. Try driving in the rain, this creates suction to the inside of the car, pulling water into it. If water starts filling in then you have a crack somewhere along the edge of your windows seal. It would likely be leaking down behind the dashboard where you can't really see it. I had a Malibu where somebody crashed my passenger door, after that was fixed by the insurance company, I was driving down the highway, and noticed water pooling in the passenger floorboard. I was alarmed, and called the insurance company claiming the body shop they paid to fix the car messed it up more. But I took it to safelight first, and insurance paid for a new window. Then the leak stopped.
It is possible to fix but you need to take it to a body shop with whats know as a frame rack. It can pull the body and frame back to factory specs. Word to the wise it will cost you big bucks hope you have insurance
1. Insure that both front tires are a match. ( doesn,'t necessarily need to be the same brand, but if you have a, P 215/70 R15 on the driver's side front, you want to make sure you have the same tire size on the passenger side. This applies to those who purchase used tires. )
Also, look very closely for even wear on both tires.
2. Make sure that both front tires have the same amount of air pressure. ( Your tire size and iar pressure recommendations should be on the driver's side door jamb, or, some have it on the inside of the fuel door.)
3. Stand on the driver's side of the car, put your hands on the hood and use your whole body to push down several times to see how your shock on that side responds, how much does it move?, now check the passenger side to insure they both respond similarly, if not, you may have a bad shock/strutt.
There are other components under the front end that could cause this issue, but, if you've already had the alignment checked the technician should have already checked them.
I would take the car back. You paid too much to still have problems like this. If they offered you a valve body replacement and you turned down the offer. They should still repair or replace with out too much hassle. If you have to, and you can, park the car out front with a sign saying not a good repair and they will work with you quickly.
Without looking at it be very hard to give an estimate, if it's driveble I take it to a body repair shop or some time's they come to you, also your insurance company should be able to help you with this also.
Sometimes the harness at the front door will get a wire break in it. Try working the window switch on the passenger front door (ignition on of course) while slowly moving the door open and closed. If it starts to work, Jeep has repair kits still I believe where you can replace just the harness between the body a-pillar and door.