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Hinge Repair Horror Stories

November 15, 2012

We’ve all seen it, a door hinge with welded in pins, makeshift shims, dry wall screws… You name it, it’s out there.

We want to hear your stories, look at your “see it to believe it” pics, and we’ll even share some of our own. I know we have a few already. So feel free to ask questions on anything.

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Here is a door hinge from a 2005 Chevy 2500HD. They used different sizes washers to shim the door up to correct the sagging. Now you cant put the bolt in to keep it from being lifted off the hinges.

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Here are some hinges from a Chevy Tahoe. Someone took there welder and welded the pins into the hinges. Now the pins are rusted. :lol:

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The hinge doesnt even have a bushing in it. The pin isn’t lined up correctly.

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These are a pair of door hinges off a 2007 Chevy 2500 (newer body style). Someone took pieces of metal and stuffed it behind the hinge to try to shim the door straight. The person ended up bending the hinges trying to fix it. :roll:

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2003 Chevy Tahoe door hinges. They first welded the pins in the hinge. Plus they spray painted the welds white to try to prevent rust.

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This is a hinge from a 2005 Chevy Express Cargo Van. The image is of the Side Cargo Door. What happened is the door hinge seized up. Then they tried to pull the door open and it broke the hinge. Now you have a very costly repair. They could have prevented this issue by installing a Total Automotive Greaseable Pin Kit (GMHK08).

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Here is a picture of a competitor hinge kits trying to be installed in a 2000 Chevy Truck. One of our customers tried installed the pin and it snapped off trying to draw the pin into the hinge. Plus here is another image of a different pin that stripped out trying to draw it into the hinge.

The customer got fed up with this issue so they now use our deluxe hinge kits and don’t have to worry about that problem every again.

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DO NOT REMOVE ANYTHING FROM THE DOOR SIDE HINGE ON THE 99-07 GM TRUCK/SUV

Here is any example of the door side hinges on a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD . If you are using a competitors hinge repair kit and there instructions say to remove the door side hinge bushing STOP! Also some people will call it a door side sleeve. If you remove the bushing you will have to replace the entire door side hinge and that gets VERY COSTLY! The bushing keeps the arm in place, keeps the door alignment correct, and allows you to put the 10mm bolt back in which holds the door to the pillar.

The only bushings to be removed from your hinges are on the body/pillar side only.

Upper Hinge with Door Side Bushing & Arm Removed- DO NOT DO THIS!!!
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Lower Hinge with Door Side Bushing & Arm Removed- DO NOT DO THIS!!!
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Door Side Hinge with Arm & Bushing- This is the way the Door Side Hinge Should Look
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2003 Chevy Silverado with 2 door hinge issues. These are a couple of images that a customer sent us.

Issue #1: The 2003 Chevy Silverado Driver Front Door was repaired by a cheap knurled style pin kit. Circled in red is the lower pin. The pin is now loose in the hinge and the door is sagging again. Plus you can see the nut provided was stripped out trying to install them. To fix the door problem you will need the Total Automotive Deluxe Hinge Kit and oversized bushings.
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Issue #2:This Silverado has a 3rd Door Hinge Issue. The 3rd door is loose and sagging when opened. Circled in red is the door pin. You can see that the pin is loose in the hinge. You will need to replace the pins and need may oversized bushing to correct this issue.
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