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So, a while ago, I realized that my drivers door had some play in it up and down. When open, I can move the door about 1/4" at the end of the door, which is exessive in my mind. Recently, I have noticed a popping sound coming from the drivers side over bumps. I thought it was something in the suspension, but narrowed it down to the door.

This seems odd to me that a 5 year old truck would have this problem. It definatley needs to be adressed, but it looks like the only way is to get a whole new hinge. The pins don't look replaceable.

So, anyone else had this problem? I thought i read something about it a while ago, but couldn't find the thread. Any suggestions where to get the parts? Any tips on replacing the hinge? I really dont think this is something that should go wrong at this point, and I cant remember the door ever opening fast or anything that could cause the damage.
 

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bump! Anyone? I can't be the only one
 

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I lube my hinges every oil change. I had a 99 Tahoe that literally ate door hinge pins and I learned my lesson. If you keep the hinges lubed, they last a long time.
 

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The hinge shouldn't be difficult to replace. Page 39 will give you a good idea for what's involved. Check the torque on the bolts to make sure they are correct.
 

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Yes! I have the same problem on my '00. I looked at the hinges and while they "appear" easy to replace, I don't think that they are.

There is a nice bead of color-matched caulk around them which may help with dirt, rust, so I am loathe to get rid of that. Plus the hinges themselves probably need to be color-matched.

In fact, this problem caused damage on my door as the metal above the latch mechanism struck the striker one time, chipping the paint and bending the metal. It's a bummer and freaks me out!

Should have lubed them all of the time, but too late now.
 

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Well I can say that I haven't religiously lubed my hinges, but I have done it at least 5 times since I got the truck in '06. It really seems too soon for a problem like this to arise IMO. But, they are worn and have to be replaced so I have to suck it up.

Does anyone know if just the pins can be changed? It looks like the old ones would have to be drilled off, but maybe they make some sort of replacement? I guess I'm probably gonna just have to get whole new hinges.
 

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all I know is that when we get a heavy rescue call and have to cut a car apart or cut the doors off...it's far easier to cut the pins with a HURST tool than remove them in one piece.

but seriously, if you end up replacing the whole hinge I would say do it with care. I would imagine it would be hard to get a door that weighs that much lined up perfectly. Again, that comes from the experience of cutting doors OFF, they're a lot heavier when the hinge isn't holding them up.
 

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but seriously, if you end up replacing the whole hinge I would say do it with care. I would imagine it would be hard to get a door that weighs that much lined up perfectly. Again, that comes from the experience of cutting doors OFF, they're a lot heavier when the hinge isn't holding them up.
Good point. Think about hanging house doors!!! Harder than it seems, most likely. Mine are definitely loose. The other day while I was offroading, I had the frame tweaked pretty good and wanted to take a picture but, the door literally would NOT open because of the twist.:D I figured it was because of the hinges giving play....
 

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my 2006 did it. looked and looked lubed and everything. found to be the 2 nuts on the front of the door were popping when closing the door. check the 2 nuts on the middle front end of the door may look tight, but were loose. the bar from the frame to door.
 

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Its definatley loose in the pins themselves. I went to toyota and talked to the service manager and he said he had never heard of loose hinges on a Tundra. I also talked to the head tech, and he highly recomended I bring it to a body shop and that it was something even they would rather not do. I wouldnt have had them do it anyway but thats beside the point.

So, I went to the parts dept and ordered the hinges at $43 a piece. I am probably going to get a can of spray touch up, paint them, and bring them to my body guy and let him deal with it. I dont think he wants to mix paint(im sure he would for the right price!) for such a small part, so the touch up paint should work fine.

Someone also told me about universal hinge pins that come in different sizes. I guess you would have to drill the factory ones out then replace them. Sounds like more of a pain to me, I would just as soon do the whole hinge anyway.
 
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