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Old 03-24-2012, 08:45 AM
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Door Alignment

Both front doors on my '12 are out of alignment. See the picture. This is the driver's side at the top hinge, and the front fender is on the left side. Alignment at the bottom hinge is OK. I noticed this when I bought the car, and it was not evident in the others. Mine's a V6, and all the others were V8s.

Does anyone else have this problem?

It appears that if I shim the hinge out I can correct this. Is there another method?
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:11 AM
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Re: Door Alignment

Yes, exactly my issue. Showed my dealer during first oil change. He claimed I needed a separate body shop appointment to address this as a overly-simplistic alignment might affect the necessary front-to-rear overlap (minimizing wind noise). Seemed a good argument.

I planned to wait for spring to roll around in case I had any other body/paint issues to address. Spring has SPRUNG, no new issues (knock wood). Time to arrange an appointment.

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Old 03-24-2012, 09:42 AM
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Re: Door Alignment

I had similar issue with my 2011 JGC. Dealer had body shop they use fix it, no questions asked. I just drove it to the shop and it was done within 1/2 hour.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:59 AM
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Re: Door Alignment

I think I'll take it in then. There are some scratches on the hatch handle that I pointed out to them at the sale and they promised to fix. I'll get it all done at the same time as my next oil change.
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I think I'll take it in then. There are some scratches on the hatch handle that I pointed out to them at the sale and they promised to fix. I'll get it all done at the same time as my next oil change.
Just be sure to prepare them for the body shop task, or you'll fall into the same traps as me. Oil change crew should not be working on body shop jobs.
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Just be sure to prepare them for the body shop task, or you'll fall into the same traps as me. Oil change crew should not be working on body shop jobs.
Definitely. I'll call them and make an appointment for both tasks, as well as get my rental ready.
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Re: Door Alignment

I went by our dealer to see what if anything should be done with the front and back passenger-side doors being out of alignment by 1/8" or so where they intersect. Problem is, the fixed upper chrome trimline intersects perfectly, for whatever reason, while the beltline fixed trim and body panels are all off slightly. Adding to complication is that door-body gaps are slightly nonparallel, but the opposite of what you'd expect. So trying to remedy door-to-door horizontal misalignment would result in gaps being more, rather than less, out of parallel -- not quite touching, but close.

They're perfectly willing to do what they can, but it's not a case of adjusting one or the other or both doors to establish proper alignment and all is well. The upper trim piece that's fine now would be 1/8" off if the rest were lined up, and door-body gaps would be even more out of parallel.

IMO, something fundamental is off -- perhaps the unibody itself was manufactured slightly torqued. So, bottom line, we'll live with it.
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Re: Door Alignment

I had same problem with driver side doors. Body shop tried to fix them but not 100% fixed. Well...
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Re: Door Alignment

Thanks, Panda -- nice, sorta, to know I'm not the only one.

If you've seen production videos where each enormous unibody gets attacked by a mess of robot welders, then only after that do they attach doors, hoods and so on, it's pretty amazing that it all comes out as well as it does.

In ye olde days, each Detroit factory had a special after-assembly room, hidden from prying eyes. There, ripped WWF type guys with thick gloves and beefy mallets would yank, kick, bang and pull doors and panels that were out of alignment so they would fit properly.

I guess they don't do that any more!
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Re: Door Alignment

Mine is really out of align also, quality control is still bad with Jeep. It would have surprised me if it was perfect
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Re: Door Alignment

I have the same issue. Waiting for some spare time to adress that and the QL not feeling right after an initial shock replacement ( squeaking bushing ).

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