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Old 10-23-2000, 08:37 AM   #1
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My door on the drivers side has always stuck out a little when closed. The window seals fine, but the crease to the body by the door handle side is about 1/6 of an inch out from the body. Is there anyway to fine tune the way the door hangs, adjustments? If so, what screws do what (ex: left screw pulls door up).

Also, I took this to the dealer to look at numerous times. They never fixed it, this last time around they said only a body shop could do it. This is also from the same people on said I had to pay $60 for a new air vent. The vent adjustments looked broken, and could no longer direct air flow. I took it apart, put the little arms back on the adjustment and good as new, no damage, they just popped off somehow....I don't even think they looked at it, the whole thing took me 5 minutes.

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Old 10-23-2000, 08:51 AM   #2
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My door had a similar problem. It was fine from the factory, but opened up after I had an accident. There is a bracket that the door latches to in the door jam. All you need to do is loosen the two screws and push this bracket back toward the car a little bit. Then tighten those screws down tight. The bad thing about this is that these are phillips head screws and you really need to put some torque into them. I used a crank-shaped screwdriver that came with a Craftsman set. It worked ok, but BE CAREFUL not to strip those screws! Don't take the screws out all the way either. I don't know what's on the other side and if it will fall if the screws are removed. You may want to take it to a body shop if you're uncomfortable with doing this. The body shop that repaired my car origionally adjusted the door, but it came out again since they didn't tighten it enough. By the way, my door was about 1/4" ajar. Be careful with those screws! I cannot stress that enough. You may want to see about getting a phillips bit on a regular ratchet, damn I just though of this! Where was my head back when I did my car!
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Old 10-23-2000, 08:53 AM   #3
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k, try this at your own risk... (but know that I've done it to all 3 of the cars I've owned, two of which have much heavier sheet metal than an Impreza)

I'm assuming, just as happened with me, than either the door was thrown open a little hard, or was caught in wind, and either case you wouldn't notice it, so assuming that's what happened, this is what you do

check out your door's hinges, one might have some paint that's stretched or broken, or the metal might just have a little buldge in it, that's why it's sticking out... now to fix it, all you do is take something safe to paint and about an inch wide, like a rubber screw driver handle, or a 1x2 or something like that, and you place it below the hinge and SLOWLY and VERY CAREFULLY! push the door towards closed a little bit, now remove the screw driver and close the door, hopefully it's a little closer to true

now if it's not buldging because of being thown open, this won't help you at all, and I don't know how to fix it but good luck
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Old 10-23-2000, 10:15 AM   #4
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My drivers door has been like this since a deer ran into my rear quarter panel. I thought it might be because of the panel being welded on incorrectly, but the rear of the panel (next to the trunk and framing the rear light cluster) fits perfectly. I'm thinking if the door was thrown open too hard that the front edge would be bent inward slightly (?)
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Old 10-23-2000, 01:05 PM   #5
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because the front end is so much closer to the hinge than the back, the bend won't be as noticable, but you might notice the rear top of the door is a little lower than the roof line, that ususually happens at the same time when the door flys open
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Old 10-23-2000, 01:41 PM   #6
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Try the bracket first. Don't just start bending stuff!
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Old 10-23-2000, 01:47 PM   #7
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Fred, I tried the bracket thing and mine doesn't budge! I even removed it (and no, nothing falls into the quarter panel). Maybe some of the brackets are different? I was thinking of widening the holes in the bracket, but I'd probably need a Dremel.
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Old 10-23-2000, 02:42 PM   #8
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Didn't move at all! Wow. Mine moved pretty easily. Maybe if you loosen the screws and tap it inwards with a rubber mallet?
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