My 2001 E-350's side and rear cargo door hinges are stiff, especially the secondary doors. The side secondary door is the worst. Everytime I open it, it is a terrible struggle AND body panels are flexing around the hinges.
I want to poll iRV2 members with knowledge of the Ford Econoline hinged doors if you:
1.) are experiencing the same issue?
2.) did you fix it? how did you fix it?
The hinge changed with the 92 model year. The previous 75-91 hinges were open in the middle and the pin had a spiralgroove inside it which allowed penetrating oil to enter the hinge very easily.
The hinges on the 92-current vans are closed in the middle and I have no idea if the pin is grooved. On mine, the previous owner drilled the through the hinges just into the pin. Obviously, this was to lubricate the pin. I found no other way to get lubrication into these hinges.
I'm wandering if custom-made stainless steel replacement pins with removable cap nuts would be a viable alternative so that yearly removal and lubrication is easy.
Or, should I just get the hinges replaced?
2009 Palomino Stampede S195 SD (Hybrid TT)
2010 Ford E-350 Super Duty XLT Extended
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