The driver door is dropping when opened, because the frame structure that the door hinge is on is cracking.

Last Saturday, my driver door starting sagging when I opened it. Since then I have been crawling out of my passenger door anytime I have to get in or out of my car.

Took it to the local Nissan dealership for them to fix an A/C recall. While it was there, they looked at the door. They had never seen anything like it and sent me to a local body shop.

At the body shop, once they inspected it. They stated that it is cracked, due to the weight of the door. The doors are just too heavy for the structure. So they can go in and "rig" something up and HOPE that it works or I'm just pr

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This is a serious issue. If you are the original owner and thus can vouch for "no prior abuse", "no collision damage" and so forth, obviously that means one of two things: it is a manufacturer defect or a design defect or, of course, a combination. I would recommend filing a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That can be done at their website. In addition, you should contact Nissan Customer Service and seek reimbursement, or assistance, regardless of warranty status as it’s absurd to have a door hanging off a vehicle like that. As far as technical repairs, it should be possible to weld sufficient material in that pillar "area" to back up the door hinges such that the door is adequately hung. I couldn’t guess at the cost, but it is technically repairable such that the load of the door will be adequately supported. So that you don’t go from the frying pan into the fire, my advice is be selective about who does the work and that means get multiple opinions until you find somebody who you are confident in. Ask for an explanation, indeed a drawing, of what is proposed; if they won’t give you one and they seem to be inclined to "wing it", definitely look elsewhere. Welding is an art and the mechanics of the fix have to be thought through and planned. Not all shops are going to be able to do that, at least not to your liking, so it is worth doing some research before you have it done. In the meantime, contact Nissan and NHTSA. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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A door can drop because its hinges have got loose. First, check all the hinge screws to make sure they`re still tight. If a screw won`t tighten properly, you might need to replace it with a larger size or plug the existing hole with matchsticks.
A popping or groan type noise may occur when opening or closing one or more of the vehicle doors. This may be caused bu insufficient lube on the lower hinge roller axle. Applying a small amount of grease between the roller pin and the inside surface should correct this concern.
Worn hinge pins and bushings: If your car door sags more dramatically (i.e. is visible to the naked eye), it`s likely the hinge pins and bushings are worn or damaged, which can be caused by frequently slamming it shut or simply from wear and tear from the elements.
The noise you are hearing is most likely the blend door actuator attempting to move to its default position but is not able to do so. This repair usually requires the blend door actuator to be replaced.
As humidity levels rise, the door absorbs moisture, causing it to swell and expand. Conversely, during drier months, the moisture evaporates, causing the door to contract.
Loose hinges can cause a door to drop

Over the years, screws will naturally work themselves loose. You`ll probably notice that your dropped door issue is because of loose hinges if your door drags along the floor slightly. This is easy to fix, and all you need to do is tighten the screws using a screwdriver.

Loose hinges can cause a door to drop

Over the years, screws will naturally work themselves loose. You`ll probably notice that your dropped door issue is because of loose hinges if your door drags along the floor slightly. This is easy to fix, and all you need to do is tighten the screws using a screwdriver.

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The driver door is dropping when opened, because the frame structure that the door hinge is on is cracking.
ANSWER : This is a serious issue. If you are the original owner and thus can vouch for "no prior abuse", "no collision damage" and so forth, obviously that means one of two things: it is a manufacturer defect or a design defect or, of course, a combination. I would recommend filing a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That can be done at their website. In addition, you should contact Nissan Customer Service and seek reimbursement, or assistance, regardless of warranty status as it’s absurd to have a door hanging off a vehicle like that. As far as technical repairs, it should be possible to weld sufficient material in that pillar "area" to back up the door hinges such that the door is adequately hung. I couldn’t guess at the cost, but it is technically repairable such that the load of the door will be adequately supported. So that you don’t go from the frying pan into the fire, my advice is be selective about who does the work and that means get multiple opinions until you find somebody who you are confident in. Ask for an explanation, indeed a drawing, of what is proposed; if they won’t give you one and they seem to be inclined to "wing it", definitely look elsewhere. Welding is an art and the mechanics of the fix have to be thought through and planned. Not all shops are going to be able to do that, at least not to your liking, so it is worth doing some research before you have it done. In the meantime, contact Nissan and NHTSA. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Door unlocked alarm, no power window or door lock on driver door only, interior light comes on with L turn signa
ANSWER : Hi there. In general, wiring harnesses are sold by the manufacturer as a whole harness; not individual wires. It is much easier, cost-efficient and safer to replace the entire harness if it’s determined that it is faulty and the source of your alarm / door issue. It would be best to have one of our mobile mechanics come to your location and complete an electrical problems inspection though, as it’s possible that this issue is related to an error code trapped in the ECU. If this is the case, simply clearing the code will resolve the problem. If the issue is determined to be the wiring harness or an exposed wire, they can recommend and most likely complete the repairs as well.

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ANSWER : The reason is the driver’s door lock actuator is not working properly and will need to be replaced before anything else is tested. I recommend having a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, come and replace the door lock actuator and check the latch for you.

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ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having issues with the door switch which activates/shuts down both circuits. This is going to look like a peg in the door frame next to the hinge. The peg that is designed to make contact with the switch behind it may be at fault, or the switch itself may be faulty. It is best considering the circumstances that you replace the entire unit, as they are typically sold as an assembly. It is a rather straight forward repair if you are looking to do it yourself. Simply remove the old switch and reconnect it to the new one. Make sure to unplug the battery before hand. With that said, you can also contact our service department to schedule an appointment, and we can resolve the issue for you.

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ANSWER : The drivers door inside panel will need to come off to reconnect the latch handle control arm. Sometimes the plastic clips that hold the rod on break and rod fall off and jams the door shut. The latch rod can be released by using a locksmith kit and lifting up on loose rod. Have a locksmith get the door open then a mechanic like one from YourMechanic can remove the door panel to get to and fix the broken clip or handle.

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ANSWER : Hi there. I’m not sure how these doors have "snapped", but given the age of the vehicle, you’re not likely to receive assistance from Chevy. You can try calling their corporate customer service number to see if they can provide any help. For a repair like this, you’ll like need to go to a local autobody repair shop in order to have this scoped out and repaired properly.

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ANSWER : Hi there. These door issues are common on this vehicle. Most of the time the main issue is the master door lock switch on the driver door. It sounds like you already replaced that. As for the sliding door problem, most of the time, this is a failure within the door module or it can be a connection issue.

I typically take the door apart and check the connections on the module and inside of the door just to make sure that there is nothing apparent in there. If the connections and the wiring are fine, then I use a scan tool to check the module to see what the inputs and outputs are doing. If you need to have this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your door problem and recommend a repair.

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