This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org seeking help for a droopy Defender rear door.
The colossal weight of my Defender Td5’s spare wheel has resulted in a very poorly fitting rear door. There’s a significantly larger gap at the top left side of the door (viewed from the rear) and a tight fit at the bottom.
When I fitted a swingaway wheel carrier, I also replaced the ageing rusty door bolts with new stainless steel ones and new hinge pins. I had thought I might be able to re-hang the door after changing the hinge bolts - but it’s perhaps even worse now than it was before.
Alan Crossley, Co.Waterford, Ireland
I suggest you slacken off all of the hinge bolts and position the door correctly in its aperture before re-tightening the bolts again. Ensure that the hinges themselves aren’t worn where the brass ball fits between the two halves, because any wear here could result in poor fitting.
Check that both the lock and catch mechanisms are correctly adjusted.
Finally, ensure that the hard-top side is correctly positioned, because it’s this that determines the position of the top hinge.
This workshop advice appeared in the January 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.