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Old 03-13-2008, 01:03 AM   #1
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Location: Delaware County, Ohio
2005 2.5RS Wagon
Regal Blue Pearl

Default Driver's Side Door Has Become Hard to Shut

I'm not sure if this is related, but I'm throwing it out there because the timing is suspicious. We recently had 20" of snow. During which, I managed to get the car stuck in a drift about 36" deep. To get out of the door, I had to force the door open with quite a bit of muscle and then when I later tried to close it, it was full of snow and wouldn't shut until I realized what the problem was and cleaned the door frame out.

Now the snow is gone and I've noticed that the door is harder to shut than it used to be. Not hard to latch, it still latches just fine. It's just that the last 1-2" right before it latches seem to be stiffer or have more friction than they used to. It's leading to me almost, but not quite, shutting the door behind me every time I walk away from the car. The door doesn't make any funny noises or feel rough or anything.

Any idea what's wrong and how to fix it?
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:19 PM   #2
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Location: Pittsburgh
'12 Forester
'17 seeing eye Outback


The Forester had the passenger door "hang up" right before it closed recently. I put lithium grease on the hinges, melted it with Castle Thrust. Wiped off the excess, then hit with Primis gel. Opened/almost closed twenty times (or so) times, it's good.

Hope this helps, we had a rough winter too.
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:59 PM   #3
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I had this problem a few months ago and I used some white lithium grease on my hinges. It definitely helps. =)
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