2006 Civic 2 door

Let's get this over with before you say it. You should not have been backing up with the door open.
When backing out of my garage, the driver's door caught the grass
catcher on my riding lawn mower. The impact tried to open the door too far. There is no visible damage, but now when the door is shut it makes a grinding/clunking noise. The door still shuts and locks properly. I think I can fix the problem with an adjustment to the hinges and/or the latch. How do I go about making these adjustments?
TIA
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Null wrote:

IF you don't see any damage to the sheet metal (not too likely from your description)you can assume that the hinges are "sprung"
In such a case you DON'T want to try to adjust the hinges by loosening the bolts.
I watch a very good body shop adjust the driver's door on a car that I owned which had been in a minor crash.
Get yourself a couple of carriage bolts (maybe even more than a couple of different sizes. I'd start with 3/8 or 1/2 and go from there. Remove the heads of the bolts and if you have a drill press, drill a small hole through the bolt into which you can insert a piece of solid wire. Using this bolt and wire, place the bolt between the hinge leaves. You want the bolt thick enough that you can spring the hinge in the correct direction.
If the door is rubbing on the bottom, you'll want to spring or bend the lower hinge. If rubbing at the top, the top hinge. If this is confusing, just look at the door and where it's rubbing and think about the problem. It'll come to you.
As I recall, the body man placed the bolt in place and sort of "rocked" the door against it with some force but not a lot. It didn't take a whole lot to get it right.
This is a trial and error fix and while it's fairly easy to bend the hinge so as to increase the distance between the leaves (your goal) the reverse is definitely NOT true. Sneak up on it!
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Thanks. I'll give it a try.
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Just thought I would follow up. The design of the hinges allowed me to place a 3/8" bolt in the leaves held in place by the head of the bolt over the top leaf. I placed the bolt in the bottom hinge first and gently applied pressure by closing the door. The door stopped about six inches from closing. I repeated the process for the top hinge. The door works great! I took me longer to locate a bolt to use than to do the repair. :-)
Thanks again.
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Null wrote:

Great news. Glad that your "damage" was such that it worked for you.
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