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knocking door.... HELP! by pft_217
Started on: 08-10-2003 12:08 AM
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Last post by: maryjane on 08-10-2003 01:54 PM
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Report this Post08-10-2003 12:08 AM Click Here to See the Profile for pft_217Click Here to visit pft_217's HomePageClick Here to Email pft_217Send a Private Message to pft_217Direct Link to This Post
the problem: the door on the driver side makes an unbearable BANG each time i hit a small bump

what i did: i changed the pins, the bushings and the roller on the bottom hinge... with no result

the noise apparently comes from the bolt on which the door handle mecanism grips

any ideas, anyone?

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Report this Post08-10-2003 12:54 AM Click Here to See the Profile for maryjaneSend a Private Message to maryjaneDirect Link to This Post
The bolt that the door latches to wears in time. here is supposed to be a nylon or rubber covering on it, but they frequently 'disappear'. it can be replaced, by tape or other means. I'll have to look but
I believe the bolt has a little adjustment in it. How is the rubber weatherstripping around the door? If it's gone, the door will bump as you describe too, but it sounds as though the latch is out of adjustment.
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Report this Post08-10-2003 02:11 AM Click Here to See the Profile for batboyClick Here to Email batboySend a Private Message to batboyDirect Link to This Post
Some of the striker bolts are adjustable on Fieros and some aren't. On my 87 it was adustable. I loosened it up and was able to move it in a little more. The door latch might have some wear on it too.
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Report this Post08-10-2003 03:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for SeanpaulClick Here to Email SeanpaulSend a Private Message to SeanpaulDirect Link to This Post
I've had the same problem in every fiero...Replaced the hinges and striker bolt...and still it feels like it's gonna fall off...
I have no adjustment on the striker, is there a way to adjust the hocking clamp...?

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Report this Post08-10-2003 07:48 AM Click Here to See the Profile for DavidStremerClick Here to Email DavidStremerSend a Private Message to DavidStremerDirect Link to This Post
I have been working on the same problem. I did all above and it am now at same poinr you guys are...from what I can determine, it is not possible to adjust the latch w/o taking it out of the door. Removing the latch appears to be a big job, so we might as well look at rebuilding the latch or replacing IT if we go through the bother of removing IT.

ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT REBUILT OR REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR THE LATCH MECHANISM. OR, PRICE FOR LATCH ASSEMBLY AT SALVAGE YARD?

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Report this Post08-10-2003 10:30 AM Click Here to See the Profile for pft_217Click Here to visit pft_217's HomePageClick Here to Email pft_217Send a Private Message to pft_217Direct Link to This Post
i just thought of something... would it be possible to find a bigger striker bolt out of another GM car that would also fit the fiero... i'm thinking firebird or camaro?
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Report this Post08-10-2003 11:12 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PhilClick Here to Email PhilSend a Private Message to PhilDirect Link to This Post
You can adjust the striker bolt but you may have to elongate the hole in the door frame with a dremel or the like. The captive nut for the striker bolt does have some wiggle room.
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Report this Post08-10-2003 01:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for batboyClick Here to Email batboySend a Private Message to batboyDirect Link to This Post
I think I heard about someone elongating the door latch holes to allow a little adjustment.
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Report this Post08-10-2003 01:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for maryjaneSend a Private Message to maryjaneDirect Link to This Post
Perhaps this will help: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Archives/Archive-000001/HTML/20020208-2-012181.html

There is also an article in Ogre's cave.
You may also use the search button at the top right of this page. Type in door adjustment, use entire post-archive TD&Q. You will find your answer.

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