Door not closing

The driver's side door will not close properly. I think there is something wrong with the bottom door hinge, and the door needs to be rehung.
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Hi there, if the hinge is damaged it could throw off the alignment of the door and not allow it to shut properly. You should have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the hinges and latches for damage to locate the cause of the door not closing and get the door back to working condition. Always be gentle when closing your doors as they are heavy and can cause a lot of strain on the hinges and latches.

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Look for signs of abrasion on the edge of the door and for uneven gaps between the jamb and the door. If the door binds on the hinge side, the hinges may be too deep. If the door binds on the knob side, the hinges are too shallow. Resetting the hinges can correct those problems.
The hinges may be worn down from regular wear and tear, damaged by corrosion, or even warped or dented from an impact of some kind. If the hinges look a little rusty or clogged with dirt, you can try cleaning them off with WD-40 and other cleaning supplies.
Adjustments on soft close hinges

On some types of soft close hinge there is an adjustment at the back of the hinge. There is a little lever that when you turn it effects the tension on the damper that slows the door down when it closes.

The main component is the latching mechanism. Located inside the door assembly, it engages a door anchor, or striker, that is attached to the body of the vehicle, to keep the door closed. Operating the inside or outside door handle releases the latch from the anchor, allowing the door to open.
Sometimes when it seems like the door is misaligned, it`s actually an issue with the latch not meeting the strike plate. The strike plate may be too high. Moving the door latch up is not possible. But you can move the strike plate incrementally (1/32-inch or so) with a hammer and screwdriver.
Repair broken door hinges that hang loosely off the door by replacing the hinge pin or filling the stripped screw holes and reattaching the hinges to the door. Replace hinges that are totally broken, with bent pin barrels or knuckles, with new hinges that are similar in size.
How many soft-close cabinet hinges do I need per door? In general, one soft-close hinge is enough to provide dampening for cabinet doors. Heavier cabinet doors may require two to handle the added weight.
To adjust the friction, using either a Flat Blade Screwdriver or similar turn the screw in a clockwise direction 1/4 turn. Please then check the window operation for desired resistance. If you wish to reduce the friction further, again using the Screwdriver turn the screw a further 1/4 turn in a clockwise direction.
They are available in three different types: lockable thumb-turn, single and double. For the single cylinder, the lock has a key barrel on the outside, and the inside has a thumb-turn. The lock can easily be opened from the inside if an intruder has access to the thumb-turn.
A soft-close hinge is a type of hinge that features a hydraulic mechanism built into it. When you close the cabinet door, the hydraulics take charge and ease the door closed in complete silence in somewhat of a gliding motion.

With time and frequent use, there are high chances your door hinges may begin to loosen, hang crookedly or sag. Sometimes the problem may be simple enough to fix with a little retightening of the screws.

All you have to do is loosen the door hinge (one at a time) and slip cardboard between the hinge and the frame until the hinge is sitting properly. Then tighten the screws and your problem should be fixed. You can do this for the top hinge, middle hinge and bottom hinge if needed.
While it varies, considering a wide range of factors, an average lifetime for a door hinge is around 10-15 years. However, provided they are properly maintained and used in accordance with their specification, some hinges can last double that time.
The best option for any interior door is ball bearing hinges. That`s because they generally provide smoother, quieter opening and closing, and reduce friction, perfect for any door that`s going to get a lot of use.
Self-closing hinges are able to close automatically by using a spring. They have a spring within the knuckle that pulls the connected object. When you open a door connected with a self-closing hinge, the enclosed spring will stretch.
Pushing or pulling the door open at the hinges is always difficult because there is no distance between the axis of rotation and the point of application of force, and as a result, there is no torque. In order to make it simple to push or pull open and shut the door, the door handles are placed away from the hinge.
A general rule is to use one hinge per 30 inches of door. If a door is 60 inches tall, you may be able to use two hinges with it. Doors taller than 60 inches, however, will likely require three hinges. You should still take into account the door`s weight and whether it`s an interior or exterior door.
In order to reliably keep the water out, they have relatively thick rubber seals that need to be compressed when the door closes, to create a continuous seal all around the edge of the door. Compressing that seal requires some force, which is best done by lightly slamming it.
Lubricate the metal parts, regularly, with machine oil, concentrating on the pivot points. Friction can be increased or decreased by adjustment of the turning screw (see FRICTION SCREW below) Turn in a clockwise direction to increase friction. Take care not to over tighten.
In order to reliably keep the water out, they have relatively thick rubber seals that need to be compressed when the door closes, to create a continuous seal all around the edge of the door. Compressing that seal requires some force, which is best done by lightly slamming it.
Knob locks are the most common type of door lock available and the chief security method for most doors. The lock cylinder is located in the knob itself instead of the door. Thus, knob locks should not be used on external doors, as they can be easily broken into with basic tools like a hammer or wrench.
In order to reliably keep the water out, they have relatively thick rubber seals that need to be compressed when the door closes, to create a continuous seal all around the edge of the door. Compressing that seal requires some force, which is best done by lightly slamming it.

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