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Volkswagen EuroVan: 1992-2003 (T4) Difficulty shutting sliding door


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Sanchez86

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Difficulty shutting sliding door
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 2:28 PM
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I recently purchased a 2002 Eurovan Weekender. I am having difficulty with the sliding door shutting tight. I am able to shut it, or so it appears, but once I begin driving the rear will pop open a little. The door is still latched at the handle and will not slide open. I have found that the harder I try to slide it shut the more likely it is to not shut tight. Any ideas?
Indian

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Re: Difficulty shutting sliding door
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 3:26 PM   in response to: Sanchez86 in response to: Sanchez86
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Is the weather cold there? If so take the car inside and it will work again. Try to lube the latch when its dry.
TomB

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Re: Difficulty shutting sliding door
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 8:10 AM   in response to: Sanchez86 in response to: Sanchez86
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Yes - if the latch at the back of the door gets dry or sticky (tends to happen in cold weather) it won't want to latch tight. Likely a spray with WD40 would free it up.
Sanchez86

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Re: Difficulty shutting sliding door
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 8:57 AM   in response to: Indian in response to: Indian
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It is extremely cold here right now (below zero). That may be the problem. Thanks!
euro2003

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Re: Difficulty shutting sliding door
Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:54 AM   in response to: Sanchez86 in response to: Sanchez86
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I am no expert but I own a EV WE 2003 and I find the side door must be lubed well once a year. I will give you what I have found. There are a lot of spots to lube it. Upper roller, Middle roller, Latch in rear-difficult to get to, latch in front. As stated, the rear latch tends to stick especially-probably due to its hard to get to, therefore never gets well lubed. Many times folks don't even realize there is a latch there. I live in eastern Pa and the cold is tough on the lubes, and this year has been terrible, as has the snow and now ice!!! When you have trouble, as you slide the door shut, apply pressure to the rear of the door, this generally works well until you can get to the lubing, As far as what lube to use, that becomes a real question. Any work temporarily, but none work great. I have tried WD40- very short lived, Two that seem to do better are BoeShield- very pricey but worked reasonably well, and PB (Blaster) Dry Lube-didn't work quite as well but better than most. The main thing is using it every FALL before the cold season. Wipe off the excess drips and use the snorkle tip, and work the door while its still wet- a bit messy and the dry lube leaves a white residue, but it cleans up fine. The Latches may be better with a different lube but I use the Boeshield T-9 overall best and longest lasting, but still not what I would like. Like I said till the weather breaks, pressure on the rear of the door works. Anyone else have a better solution?
Phil
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Re: Difficulty shutting sliding door
Posted: Feb 5, 2014 11:13 AM   in response to: euro2003 in response to: euro2003
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The bottom rollers are best lubed with motorcycle O-ring chain lube. sprays out as an extremely thin liguid and enters the smallest cracks and spaces and then solidifies to a high quality grease.
Try it. It works on door latches and hinges too.

Edited by: Indian on Feb 5, 2014 11:14 AM
Sanchez86

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Re: Difficulty shutting sliding door
Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:23 AM   in response to: Sanchez86 in response to: Sanchez86
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Warm weather and T-9 Boshield seemed to solve the problem. Thanks for the help!

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