How to Fit a Car Door

Written by christopher l. ingersoll
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How to Fit a Car Door
A hydraulic car jack is essential in fitting a door as the door is heavy and hard to manipulate without the jack to support it's weight. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Fender benders, body rust, broken components and vandalism can all cause damage to a car door, and the need for you to find a replacement. New doors can be ordered through your local auto parts store, the manufacturer or if you don't mind a used one, a scrap yard. However you choose to obtain your new door, one thing to keep in mind is that they are heavy, so having an extra person around to help you manipulate it is helpful.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • New Door
  • Hydraulic car jack
  • Socket Wrench set
  • Padded pry bar

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  1. 1

    Mark the outline of the old door hinges with a marker.

  2. 2

    Tighten the hinge bolts that mount the hinges to the door with a socket wrench.

  3. 3

    Lift the door into place with a car jack to support the weight while you and a friend manipulate the door to the right height, so that the hinges line up with the marker outline from the old hinges.

  4. 4

    Secure the hinges to the car or truck chassis with the bolts that should come with the door using a wrench.

  5. 5

    Let the jack down slowly making sure that the hinges will hold up the weight of the door in case the bolts stripped out during their tightening.

  6. 6

    Check to make sure the door closes appropriately. If it does not loosen the bolts on either hinge and adjust it until the door closes properly.

  7. 7

    Retighten the bolts with the wrench.

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