By Jody L. Campbell
How to Fix a Squeaky Car Door
By Jody L. Campbell
OverviewMany reputable oil lube stations and service repair stations will lubricate the car doors as part of a maintenance oil change service, but not all of them will do so. Most often, the driver’s side door is the most commonly used door, and is therefore the most likely to develop a squeak. Here’s how you can get rid of this annoying–and embarrassing–problem.Step 1Open the squeaking door all the way. Lift upward on the open car door to make sure it is not wobbling on the hinge. Weak or broken car door hinges will apply improper pressure to the hinge pin of the door. Obvious symptoms of a compromised hinge is a misalignment of the door. It would be hard to close, and would drop down a little when released from the door frame.Step 2Swing the car door back and forth to determine the area of the hinge where the squeaking occurs. Most car doors use an upper and lower hinge on each door. Whether one or both are squeaking, they should both be lubricated.Step 3Shake the can of white lithium grease very well (see Resources). Place the tube into the sprayer.Step 4Spray the contact points of the upper and lower hinges where the car door hinge meets the hinge pin of the frame. There is often a slight gap between this connection that the tube of the spray can will easily fit into. Spray the grease on the top and bottom of each hinge connection. For example, the upper hinge will have an upper and lower connection for the top part of the hinge in addition to an upper and lower connection for the bottom part of the hinge. This will apply to the bottom hinge as well.Step 5Spray the car door stop. This is a metal bar usually positioned between the upper and lower hinges.Step 6Swing the car door back and forth to allow the grease to penetrate. If necessary, apply more grease and repeat the swinging motion.Step 7Repeat this procedure for all the other car doors, even if they are not squeaking. Hinges require lubrication, and if the other doors are not squeaking yet, it does not mean that they are properly lubricated; it may just mean that they’re not used as often as the driver’s door.skill2ingredientWhite lithium grease spray with tubeingredientsWhite lithium grease spray with tubetipLubricate car doors every time you get an oil change to avoid squeaky car doors.tipsLubricate car doors every time you get an oil change to avoid squeaky car doors.warningAlways use white lithium grease. Regular penetrating oil like WD-40 or PB Blaster may work temporarily on a squeaking car door, but do not provide the thick, gel-like lubricant necessary to properly lubricate the hinges.warningsAlways use white lithium grease. Regular penetrating oil like WD-40 or PB Blaster may work temporarily on a squeaking car door, but do not provide the thick, gel-like lubricant necessary to properly lubricate the hinges.keywordcar door squeaks repairkeywordscarkeywordsdoorkeywordssqueakskeywordsrepairResourcesreferenceSqueaky Car DoorresourceServicing Car DoorsresourcePurchase White Lithium Grease
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