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Hi all,
I have been searching the threads here for quite some time and have really enjoyed the info I have gained. I finally decided to sign up and post.

I have a 95 LX 4 door sedan.

The driver's side front door is sagging. I have tried to find a pin/bushing kit but have had no success. The I called the dealer for a price on buying new hinges...almost $160 to do top and bottom, which is more that I want to spend on this right now.

Any Ideas on where to go from here? Do you know of any company that sells a door pin/bushing kit?

Thanks in advance for all the help.
 

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zzyzzx said:
Google search comes up with this possible solution:

http://www.g20.net/forum/showthread.php?t=91490

Thread is complete with pics.

Another solution I like even better, since it actually corrects the problem instead of treating the symptom:

http://www.newcougar.org/forums/how-tos ... epair.html
I agree that the first option that you gave seems to just be masking the problem. If the bushings are warn or cracked, you are not fixing the problem at all, they will still be worn or broke after the fix.

the second option is what I ideally want to do. the problem is that the pin that is in there has a head on the top and the bottom. that means I will have to grind the head off to punch the pin out. I have no problem doing this, but that was why I was looking for a pin/bushing kit to replace it. The pin will no longer be usable. I can't seem to find the kit for my escort.

zzyzzx said:
Oddly enough, I can't find anyone else here complaining about this problem, and I've been here quite some time.
yeah, I did some searching as well and found it a bit strange that i couldn't find anything...dunno
 

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I think the "Help" products have some door hinge pins and bits and bobs that might help out here.
 

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RoadWarrior said:
I think the "Help" products have some door hinge pins and bits and bobs that might help out here.
Do you happen to have a product number? I have looked through a lot of the "help" products and can't seem to find the correct one for my application. I am not sure if others will fit or not
 

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No, you'd just have to measure diameters and look for what's close you could adapt.
 

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The driver door hinge(s) on the silver car are completely trashed. We should have replaced them when we had the car apart for paint but couldn't find them anywhere around here. They were kinda bad when we got the car, but got even worse after I cleaned all the dirt and goo out of them.

The door sags so bad one almost needs a pry-bar to open the door from the outside and one has to shoulder-check the door so hard from the inside it leaves bruises...

I was just going to get hinges from the junkyard next time we go but I am not sure when that might be.
 

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Oddly enough!

I have had worn hinges! But it doesn't happen often.
A set of junkyard hinges would be your best bet..getting them off the junker might be a problem as replacement had me removing bumper and a fender and headlights.

Mine wore out on a 346,927 mile pizza delivery car that I was steady on hitting the hinges (and other lube points) about once a year with some sort of grease.

Even then it had no real problems until hurricane Ike yanked my door wide open.

I would like to know why the top hinge has a large L on it while the lower has an R.

Bruce
 

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LOWETGT said:
I would just find a good set of hinges at a JY.
Will ones off of a newer Escort will work or off the back door will work on the front? I personally would not be inclined to get hinges off another drivers door from the same year Escort. But I doubt that the hinges are Escort specific either.
 

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^^ True, I don't see that working on the USDM cars.
All this hinge talk made me remember that I need to go get a shim or two for the lower on the D/S. It was neglected when door was rehung at the body shop when painted and now at high speeds over 75, the door top seems to get pulled/sucked out and causes an air leak. I can only assume the lack of the lower shims is to blame.
 

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Suspected they wouldn't fit simply because they didn't look right. Wasn't going to take the time to go outside and check to confirm. Figured you guys would figure that out. (as you did)

Regardless the point is, I thought it would pass along the idea about what to look for elsewhere, and what search phrase to use. If the part is being developed for some other vehicle, perhaps there's a chance that someone develops a similar part for this one as well. Personally I ran across this while looking for a strut cap/tower reinforcement plate after a Ford mechanic mentioned it in a parts store. Lots out there for BMWs and some other cars, but none found so far for the 'scorts/mazda 323/tracer.
 
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