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Re: [T3] Creaking door hinge

On Wed, 2006-05-10 at 11:09, Jim Adney wrote:
> On 9 May 2006 at 23:36, Virginia & Peter wrote:

> It may help to wait a few days, then repeat and "exercise" the hinge by 
> swinging the door open and closed a few (5-10) times.
> It's important to keep these from freezing up, because the stress from a seized 
> hinge will sometimes break the hinge plate off the door frame.
> I don't know about trying to drive out the hinge pin. I've never done it and 
> I'm not even quite sure how to go about it. I know that there are specific 
> directions on how to do this on beetles (you have to drive them out in a 
> specific direction) but I don't know if type 3s are the same. You also have to 
> be careful not to damage other things while you're driving out the pin. I think 
> VW also had a special press for this, but this might have just been for 
> beetles.
> Have you done this, Russ? I guess I've always just been afraid to try.

The pin comes out thru the top, but you have to be careful that you
don't bend something in the door, or the post. Yes, VW had a tool, to
press the pins out of bugs, and it worked on T-3's also. It was similar
to their pivot point ball joint remover, used on late T-1's. 
One thing that will help get oil into it is a little heat, but then you
might scorch something. Also shocking it will help get oil into it.
Shocking it as hitting it with the ball of a ball peen hammer.
If it freezes up too much, you can spring the door or the post, and then
the door won't shut right.
My parts car is that way.

Russ Wolfe
'71 FB AT
'66 FB MT
'64 T34 (not running)
'65 T1 (not running)
'05 KIA Sorento SUV

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