Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-07-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
mjeffrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Monroe, WA
Posts: 310
Doors latching

How hard do you have to slam your Ford barn doors for the upper latches to really latch?

Both my side doors and rear doors need a solid slam (of the first door of the pair), while holding the door at the top, in order for them to latch tightly. Otherwise, there's play in the doors and they rattle when I'm driving. I took the van in to my local dealer, who adjusted the alignment of my doors under warranty (they weren't lining up together), but they seem no better than before. Of course, I was told, "that's just the way they are." :/

Are your doors the same? Or do they close nicely, without a hard slam?

Cheers!
Mike.
__________________

mjeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: Doors latching

My side door needs to have the first one slammed to get it properly latched. The rears are ok.

Mike
__________________

__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
pjpvi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Posts: 873
Re: Doors latching

Mine need to be closed firmly otherwise they do not latch fully. Took me a while to learn that.

Phil
__________________
Phil

- 2005 EB50 6.0PSD - SMB 4x4
- 2012 JK Wrangler Rubicon - 2 door
pjpvi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 07:11 PM   #4
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 9,437
Garage
Re: Doors latching

On my van The first door that must be shut needs to be firmly closed but not slammed and the back doors are the hardest to close overall. I can usually push the second door closed but it's difficult to do that. I have to make sure the first side door is closed. There are times when I am driving around with it partly open
__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 07:22 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Aldercrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 461
Re: Doors latching

I have to swing the left hand side door to get it to fully latch. On the rear, I either have a sticky retention bar or hinges, so just swinging the left door is difficult... yet another item on the to-do list.
__________________
2002 E350 EB - Voyager top - 7.3 - Quigley 4WD
Aldercrest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2010, 02:44 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
mjeffrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Monroe, WA
Posts: 310
Re: Doors latching

Thanks! Sounds like mine isn't too far out of the ordinary. It's a pain, but I'll live
mjeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2010, 08:10 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
yvrr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Newark, CA
Posts: 795
Re: Doors latching

Quote:
Originally Posted by mjeffrey
I took the van in to my local dealer, who adjusted the alignment of my doors under warranty (they weren't lining up together), but they seem no better than before. Of course, I was told, "that's just the way they are."
I suspect the alignment thing is common due to the weight of the storage box on the side door (if you have a storage box there such as the 50 design). Charlie told how to align the doors here:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1420&hilit=door

I've had to do ours once already...
__________________
Jack
'01 Ford EB50p Quigley 4WD
yvrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2010, 10:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
LeadDoggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Posts: 290
Re: Doors latching

"that's just the way they are"
__________________
07 E350, Custom and Lifted
98 Harley Davidson Classic
09 KTM EXC 450
LeadDoggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2010, 09:26 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
jage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Franktown, CO
Posts: 7,561
Re: Doors latching

My side door closes and is not tight- in the sense that if you push on it, moves. When you shut the 2nd door they both flex, but I've always thought that is the way they are- I don't expect them to be like the front or even rear doors where they are rock solid when shut properly.

I think it's a pretty easily confused subject- there is shutting properly and being tight but not appearing tight, and not shutting properly and not being water or dust tight, and/or not aligning properly.
__________________
and then
everything changed
jage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2010, 10:35 AM   #10
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: Doors latching

Quote:
Originally Posted by jage
My side door closes and is not tight- in the sense that if you push on it, moves. When you shut the 2nd door they both flex, but I've always thought that is the way they are- I don't expect them to be like the front or even rear doors where they are rock solid when shut properly.
When I gently close the 1st side door, that is exactly what I get. When I slam the 1st door it is solid. Grab the 1st door and shake it. If it moves, open and close harder and voila: it is tight.

At least on my van.

Mike
__________________

__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.