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Old 08-31-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Sliding Door maintenance

Anyone got any tips on how to keep the sliding door in our 2005 AI working smoothly.
It seems we have to slam it hard every time to close it. Wondered what the best lube should be ? I know WD40 is more of a cleaner than lubricator and to attracts dirt.
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:12 PM   #2
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Actually, that's a standard feature of Sprinters; you do have to close the door with authority to make sure it compresses the rubber weatherstripping.

It seems to take a bit less effort to close the door tightly if a window or the roof vent are open. I've actually seen the tip-out window on my sliding door "burp" air if I have the rest of the van closed up when I close the sliding door.
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:56 PM   #3
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I was going to say open a window but Protagonist beat me to it. Opening the roof vent works and even the bathroom vent will help.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:24 PM   #4
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Also pushing in on the rear of the door while sliding it shut helps.
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Speaking of the slider... Is there a way to disengage the auto-lock so when I drive to town for fuel? An annoyance, nothing more.

Also... Is there an electric slider closer like those in minivans? More curious than anything.
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Local upfitter has a power slider but it's about $4K installed. I'd like to have one but just a little steep for me.

I wished the auto-lock would unlock when you put tranny in Park the way most vehicles on this side of the pond do.
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Think I can do without the electric slider. A bit rich. Thanks for the heads up, tho.
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There are definitely adjustments that can be made. The last time in for service, the dealer made some after commenting on the need to slam the door to get it to close. After the adjustments, it closes with just a slow sliding effort; no more slamming.

I'm not exactly sure what was done, but I believe adjustments were made to the 'strikeplate' and the 'trackarms' that hold the door.


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There are definitely adjustments that can be made. The last time in for service, the dealer made some after commenting on the need to slam the door to get it to close. After the adjustments, it closes with just a slow sliding effort; no more slamming.

I'm not exactly sure what was done, but I believe adjustments were made to the 'strikeplate' and the 'trackarms' that hold the door.


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Thank you, I'll look more into it and see if I can do those myself.
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