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Need help, door latch adjustment

So on my 2008 the driver door is a little off alignment, and it is not flush with the rear door. So I went ahead to adjust the latch striker and to my surprise there is no way to adjust the latch striker, it is at a fixed position. So I was wondering how is then the door adjusted?

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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

you can get a new hinge from the dealer, could have bent from a gust of wind
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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

I do not thing the hinges are the issue, cuz the door is flush with the roof and on the front, is just not flush with the rear. In all my previous cars you could just adjust the Latch striker in or out to get the door flush, but in this car there is no adjustment.
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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

2007 WK Manual

Front Door
ADJUSTMENT
NOTE: It is recommended that you adjust the rear door before adjusting the front door (Refer to 23 - BODY/DOORS - REAR/DOOR - ADJUSTMENTS).

Door adjustment measurements should be taken from stationary or welded body panels like the roof, rocker or quarter panels.
During adjustment procedures, it is recommended that all the hinge fasteners be loosened except for the upper most fasteners. Adjustments can be made using the upper bolts to hold the door with final torque of the fasteners occurring after correct door positioning is achieved.
A suitable body sealant should be used when removing or moving the hinges.



FORE/AFT




NOTE: Fore/aft (lateral) door adjustment is done by loosening the hinge to the body fasteners one hinge at a time and moving the door to the correct position.


1. Support the front door with a suitable lifting device.
2. Loosen the five bolts (3) that secure the front door hinges (1 and 2) to the A-pillar.
3. Adjust the front door to the correct position (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).
4. Tighten the upper bolt of the upper hinge to the A-pillar to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).
5. Tighten the upper bolt of the lower hinge to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).
6. Tighten the remaining hinge bolts to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).

UP/DOWN




NOTE: Up/down door adjustment is done by loosening either the hinge to the body fasteners or the hinge to door fasteners and moving the door to the correct position.

NOTE: When the up/down adjustments are done correctly, the top of the door is positioned over flush to the roof (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).


1. Support the front door with a suitable lifting device.
2. Loosen the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) to the b-pillar.



NOTE: When adjustment of the door requires the loosening of the door to hinge fasteners, it will be necessary to separate the epoxy bonded washers with a chisel or other suitable tool.


3. If necessary, loosen the four nuts (4) that secure the door hinges (2 and 3) to the front door.
4. Separate the epoxy bonded washers (1) from the hinges with a chisel or other suitable tool.




5. If necessary, loosen the five bolts (3) that secure the front door hinges (1 and 2) to the A-pillar.




6. Adjust the front door to the correct position (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).
7. Tighten the four nuts (4) that secure the door hinges (2 and 3) to the front door to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).




8. Tighten the upper bolt (3) of the upper hinge (1) to the A-pillar to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).
9. Tighten the upper bolt of the lower hinge (2) to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).
10. Tighten the remaining hinge bolts to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).




11. Tighten the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) to the b-pillar. Tighten the bolts to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).

IN/OUT




NOTE: In/out door adjustment is done by loosening the hinge to door fasteners one hinge at a time and moving the door to the correct position.


1. Support the front door with a suitable lifting device.
2. Loosen the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) to the b-pillar.



NOTE: When adjustment of the front door requires the loosening of the door to hinge fasteners, it will be necessary to separate the epoxy bonded washers with a chisel or other suitable tool.


3. Loosen the four nuts (4) that secure the door hinges (2 and 3) to the front door.
4. Separate the epoxy bonded washers (1) from the hinges with a chisel or other suitable tool.
5. Adjust the front door to the correct position (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).
6. Tighten the four nuts that secure the door hinges to the front door. Tighten the nuts to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).




7. Tighten the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) to the b-pillar. Tighten the bolts to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).
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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

REAR DOOR

ADJUSTMENT
NOTE: Door adjustment measurements should be taken from stationary or welded body panels like the roof, rocker or quarter panels.

During adjustment procedures, it is recommended that all the hinge fasteners be loosened except for the upper most fasteners. Adjustments can be made using the upper bolts to hold the door with final torque of the fasteners occurring after correct door positioning is achieved.
A suitable body sealant should be used when removing or moving the hinges.



FORE/AFT




NOTE: Fore/aft (lateral) door adjustment is done by loosening the hinge to the body fasteners one hinge at a time and moving the door to the correct position.


1. Support the rear door with a suitable lifting device.
2. Loosen the five bolts (1 and 4) that secure the rear door hinges (2 and 3) to the b-pillar.
3. Adjust the rear door to the correct position (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).
4. Tighten the upper bolt of the upper hinge to the b-pillar to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).
5. Tighten the upper bolt of the lower hinge to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).
6. Tighten the remaining hinge bolts to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).

UP/DOWN




NOTE: Up/down door adjustment is done by loosening either the hinge to the body fasteners or the hinge to door fasteners and moving the door to the correct position.

NOTE: When the up/down adjustments are done correctly, the top of the door is positioned over flush to the roof (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).


1. Support the rear door with a suitable lifting device.
2. Loosen the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) and the shim (3) to the C-pillar.



NOTE: When adjustment of the rear door requires the loosening of the door to hinge fasteners, it will be necessary to separate the epoxy bonded washers with a chisel or other suitable tool.


3. If necessary, loosen the five nuts (4) that secure the door hinges (2 and 3) to the rear door.
4. Separate the epoxy bonded washers (1) from the hinges with a chisel or other suitable tool.




5. If necessary, loosen the five bolts (1 and 4) that secure the rear door hinges (2 and 3) to the b-pillar.




6. Adjust the rear door to the correct position (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).
7. Tighten the five nuts (4) that secure the door hinges (2 and 3) to the rear door to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).




8. Tighten the upper bolt (1) of the upper hinge (2) to the b-pillar to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).
9. Tighten the upper bolt (4) of the lower hinge (3) to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).
10. Tighten the remaining hinge bolts to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).




11. Tighten the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) and the shim (3) to the C-pillar. Tighten the bolts to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).

IN/OUT




NOTE: In/out door adjustment is done by loosening the hinge to door fasteners one hinge at a time and moving the door to the correct position.


1. Support the rear door with a suitable lifting device.
2. Loosen the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) and the shim (3) to the C-pillar.



NOTE: When adjustment of the rear door requires the loosening of the door to hinge fasteners, it will be necessary to separate the epoxy bonded washers with a chisel or other suitable tool.


3. Loosen the five nuts (4) that secure the door hinges (2 and 3) to the rear door.
4. Separate the epoxy bonded washers (1) from the hinges with a chisel or other suitable tool.
5. Adjust the rear door to the correct position (Refer to 23 - BODY/BODY STRUCTURE/GAP AND FLUSH - SPECIFICATIONS).
6. Tighten the five nuts that secure the door hinges to the rear door. Tighten the nuts to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).




7. Tighten the two bolts (1) that secure the striker (2) and the shim (3) to the C-pillar. Tighten the bolts to 28 Nm (21 ft. lbs.).
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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

wow, that seems like a lot of trouble. Why Jeep did not make the striker adjustable, now a 5 minute fix, becomes an hour fix.
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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

does that help you see what you need bro?
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does that help you see what you need bro?
I have an idea now. thanks for the info... where did you get it? It'll be good to see the illustrations.
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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

2007 service manual.

try google, there used to be some on line. i imagine MY doesnt matter.

if I feel ambitious later ill try to do it. its a pain as I have to save them, then put in photobucket. then links from here...........
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Re: Need help, door latch adjustment

Ok, so I found the service manual, and here is where is get weird, on the illustration it shows that the Latch striker has adjustment (see image below), but on my b-pillar the holes for the screws are fixed, no adjustment. Only the bottom one has adjustment and is only up and down, the top one is fixed which makes the adjustment impossible... What I did was just to put the bottom screw and adjust the latch to fix the gap in the door and now the door is perfect.. but I'm unable to put the top screw. What I plan to do now is take the latch striker and machine the top hole to allow it to match the hole in the b-pillar.

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