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Loose Bed Compartment Door

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mws4ua, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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    mws4ua

    mws4ua [OP] I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    I've searched but haven't found a solution to my problem that doesn't involve adding a locking mechanism. (I don't care to go to that much trouble.)

    The smaller of the two compartment doors won't stay closed. The latch is really loose and it turns as I drive and the door falls into the bed. I keep a few things in that compartment (just bungie cords I use regularly) and it's annoying to have to stuff them back in all the time.

    Is it just a screw that needs to be tightened or what? I could get off my ass and go look at it, but my truck is parked two blocks away and I just thought about it so I figured I'd post. Besides, if it's not just a screw, I'll need your opinions/help anyway.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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    macgyver

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    Just super glue it closed :D

    j/k I would imagine there is some sort of way to tighten the locking mechanism. otherwise you might need to jus get a whole new door thingy.
     
  3. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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    LeadFootCaliKid

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    Mine used to fall off all the time. The inner pockets used to come out when off roading too. I noticed that the plastic tabs on the bottom of those doors were getting bent and not holding very well. I tried to straighten them as best I would by hand, and it worked, kinda. My small door stayed closed with some tie-downs in the pocket to put some pressure on the door. The big door was more of a problem. I just shut the door on a rope. I still have to re-lock one of the locks every once-in-a-while but it stays closed now.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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    RainDodger

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    Try some thin stick-on weatherstripping around it or something, to add a little pressure so the latch doesn't rotate. Maybe that will work.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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    RCBS

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    bend the metal "catch" on the coverjust a little towards the side facing the bed to snug it up in the slot it turns into.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    Tillers_Rule

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    Yea, just bend the tabs back by hand.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM
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    mws4ua

    mws4ua [OP] I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    I'm disappointed... with a name like macgyver, I expected a solution that involved paperclips, the oil drain plug from a 1998 Ford F250, and the torn-off cover of our Owner's Manual.

    WIN.

    I just bent the metal latch and it seems to hold much better now.

    FWIW - I compared the small door to the large door and noticed that there's a small plastic part of the closing mechanism that's either worn down or broken off. If the 'bend it to catch' method doesn't last long, I'm going to have to buy a new door (or find somebody on here who is giving theirs away :)).
     
  8. Apr 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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    i have the same problem. there is a write up somehwre here, where they have changed it to a better door and it has a lock as well... try cheap mods sticky ..
     
  9. Apr 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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    mws4ua

    mws4ua [OP] I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    ^^^ Yeah, but I was trying to avoid spending any money. I don't want/need a lock on those doors. If it's worth keeping, it's kept in the truck. I keep two bungie cords in that compartment and that's it.
     
  10. Apr 15, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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    i stretch my bungies between two cleats on the bedsides, and one superlong one between the tie downs at the gate.

    my doors are holding for now. i keep my hitch in the driver's side and there's nothing in the small one by the inverter plug.
     
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