I have a 1972 Ford LTD Station Wagon and the 5th door is very difficult to
open. This is the mode where door opens as a normal door (swings out) and
not as a tailgate door (swings down). It takes 3 heavy pulls before it
opens. It's almost as if the the door is locked. Does this mean something
needs adjusting. What can I adjust. Do I need to have the dealer do this.
Would anybody there know about this may be a better question.
I assume you mean it's difficult to UNLATCH the door, arrived at by "as if
it was locked" as opposed to 'difficult to open once unlatched' This is
usually caused by wear somewhere in the latch mechanism, same as any door.
I suggest you take it to a competent Body mechanic, not necessarily a
dealer... and probably a guy who is older than 20.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
You might be right, but I don't *think* that's what's meant. Those doors
are HEAVY! Extremely heavy. I think the problem is much more likely that
the door hinges are worn and the door itself is dragging in the frame. I've
seen that several times in 80 something Crown Vic/Grand Marquis wagons. The
72's door is even heavier.
It doesn't seem that the door is dragging on the frame. If that were the
case I assume I would hear a scrapping sound. This thing takes 3 heavy tugs
and then it opens and no scrapping sound. And it closes with no scrapping
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