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Doors won't stay open...anyone tried this??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jammer, Sep 17, 2020.

  1. Sep 17, 2020 at 7:56 AM
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    jammer

    jammer [OP] 2003 Toyota PreRunner 3.4L

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    Good Morning Guys. Doors on the Tacoma not staying open appears to be a common issue....kinda like the seat belts not wanting to retract. I've lost count on how many times my shinbone has been bruised by the door shutting on it's on. I actually tell my friends it was a dealer installed feature....automatic door closer.
    Anyone tried the $20 kit off of Ebay in the link below? Make sure you scroll down the link to see the instructions on how to replace.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Door-Check...xus-2-doors/293269581542?epid=8028144483#rwid


    Full Replacement
    https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Toyo...words=Toyota+Door+Check&qid=1600353948&sr=8-2
     
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  2. Sep 17, 2020 at 8:23 AM
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    tony2018

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    I mean you can try the fix, toyota sells the check arm for about 30 bucks more so you might be saving some dough but how long will that fix last, don't know.
     
  3. Sep 17, 2020 at 9:21 AM
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    frizzman

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    depends on how worn the arm is. the pads will probably help but only last so long
     
  4. Sep 17, 2020 at 9:33 AM
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    This is on my to-do list of "things that haven't worked on my truck since I bought it 4 years ago", and my truck only had ~24,000 miles on it when I got it. But the doors would not stay open, and the stupid dome light has never worked despite replacing the bulb.
     
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  5. Sep 17, 2020 at 9:34 AM
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    jbrandt

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    My door squeaked when it closes. It got annoying, so I tossed some lube on the arms, and that went away, but I didn't realize I was also removing the factory installed "your door is closing" alarm.

    :facepalm:
     
  6. Sep 17, 2020 at 9:45 AM
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    Dalandser

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    I was thinking about grinding the plastic down and seeing if I can weld material onto it making it thicker
     
  7. Sep 17, 2020 at 10:33 AM
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    Abeyancer

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    weird... my 98 doors not only stay open but they 'click' when they're fully open and i have to give it more force than normal to shut it
     
  8. Sep 17, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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    That doesn't sound normal but I still wish mine would do that lol
     
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  9. Sep 17, 2020 at 11:09 AM
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    I've gotten pretty used to putting the block of wood I carry around in the door to keep it open so I'm sure I'd want to spend $50 on a replacement.

    Maybe I'll decorate the block of wood to make it more attractive.
     
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  10. Sep 17, 2020 at 11:18 AM
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    Definitely not normal lol.. I believe the previous owner tweaked the door when he did this damage :rofl:20200917_111701.jpg
     
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  11. Sep 17, 2020 at 11:44 AM
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    Oooh I see what you mean now, yeah the door is probably slightly hitting the fender panel when you open it all the way.

    I smashed my driver side fender against a dirt wall on a trail once and it pushed the fender panel against the door one, couldn't open it all the way until I took the fender off. Those panels have a very small gap between them when the door is fully open
     
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  12. Oct 19, 2020 at 6:37 PM
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    @jammer, this is indeed a pickle!
    + i had to go back 17 pages to find this lol
     
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  13. Oct 20, 2020 at 9:06 AM
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    ok jammer, you are going to need to school me! on this 'common issue' or whomever else might know a thing or 2

    where do we start :notsure: i just tested my driver door out
     
  14. Oct 20, 2020 at 10:16 AM
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    I don't know-I've always liked the self-closing door on my truck. It has done this since I bought it brand-new and I suppose I got used to it because I know it's not caused by something bad. Just another example of a well-balanced build IMO.
     
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  15. Oct 20, 2020 at 10:19 AM
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    i am envisioning it to be a feather-light-like finger poke on level ground with no wind closing the door when its fully open as far as it will go
    then it is shot :notsure:

    'tis why i need & desire more detailed specifics, examples, analysis, etc, etc...
    do you want it to stay open against the force of gravity and all that jazz

    its all about The Science here :evil:
     
  16. Oct 20, 2020 at 3:19 PM
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    Hey Jay-that is the thing about all 4 doors at least on my truck; yes, one finger and it closes tight...with a window open. But slightly more if all windows are shut.
    If I'm parked at a curb on flat ground, even the slightest maybe 1% drainage crown in the road will close my door for me after exiting...with the windows shut!
     
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  17. Oct 21, 2020 at 5:13 PM
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    I can ship you some roadsalt/brine slush in a couple months. Apply generously to the hinges and stuff some into that pesky mechanism. It won’t ever close on your leg again.
     
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  18. Oct 22, 2020 at 9:29 AM
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    i just happaned to do this!
    should i wipe it off

     
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  19. Oct 22, 2020 at 9:34 AM
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    did you try that ebay repair thing? curious to see if it works.. I don't see any installation instructions on the main page. Not sure if it's easy to slap on there or not
     
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  20. Oct 22, 2020 at 11:41 AM
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    J A Y, is that JB Weld??
     
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