Rear door adjustment and leaks (1 Viewer)

leonard_nemoy

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I am starting down the road of chasing leaks. My most noticeable leak is at the top of the rear passenger door. I just assumed it was from a trashed seal on the door. After finally getting around to investigating the seal it appears to be in good shape. But the water is definitely coming in through the top of the door......

Upon closer inspection it appears the door is not seating properly when closed. The door hinges open and close very smoothly and latches with no problems, but I can clearly see the top of the door is not flush with the body like it should be. I feel like the whole door should shift forward a bit.

This rig has taken some good smacks with big rocks and trees so I am hoping the body and or door aren't tweaked beyond repair. I don't actually see anything bent or dented on the door or roof, but the body under the door has taken a hit for sure.

The FSM has a page on adjusting the rear doors but it is quite vague on what hinges to use and how to do it.

Question #1: Do these door/body lines look like I have bent/damaged the body to much to get a good seal?

Question #2: Do you all think I can adjust the door for a better fit using the hinges and cure my leak?

Question #3: Assuming I decide to try and adjust the door, what is the best procedure?

Pictures:

Seal where water is coming in:
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Passenger door (leaking) closed tight in picture:
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Body damage under leaking door:
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Drivers rear door that doesn't leak:
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Thanks for the input
 
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Clearly looks tweaked. Toe in on the bottom and toe out at the top. My gas tank cover looked similar a couple weeks back. I just twisted it the opposite direction until it was flush. Not sure how to do that with a door. How do the hinges look?
 
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The same door on my rig is tweaked. It was from previous owner and collision. It’s hard to close but doesn’t appear to be leaking. I was going to try to adjust it by loosen the hinges slightly to get exact fit then tighten them back down. Unfortunately my standard Phillips point bits could not budge the screws and I didn’t want to mar them too bad before getting the right sized bits. I did finally get some Japanese spec bits but haven’t gotten around to an adjustment yet.
 

leonard_nemoy

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Damn leaks....

I have also had some water dripping from this spot.

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I tried the weed eater line in the drains and there was zero resistance. Poured some water in the drains and it all drained right out of both sides.

So why am I getting drips from the passenger side ceiling?

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Damn leaks....

I have also had some water dripping from this spot.

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I tried the weed eater line in the drains and there was zero resistance. Poured some water in the drains and it all drained right out of both sides.

So why am I getting drips from the passenger side ceiling?

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This fixed my sunroof leak. I tried everything. Drains were clear but my glass was misaligned with the roof along with the gasket being shrunken over all the years in the CA sunshine.

Get a bicycle tube I believe it's 26"
Take sunroof glass out.
Cut a strip out of the bicycle tube. (Like a giant rubber band)
Work its way between the gasket and the seal.
(That will come apparent when you take it off the vehicle)
When you reinstall the glass you may need a washer or 2 to help shim the glass higher so it seals.

My leak was in the same spot and this was my fix.
 

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