Originally Posted by freejack5555
How do I remove this pin to check. It Doesn't seem like its bent but I guess it is. I'm afraid if I try and bend it back that the head of the vertical shaft will pop off. ugh. Here are a few more views if its helpful.
Straighten the split pin,and that will fix the problem.
You also have a bad groove in the striker bolt, which will make you force the door inwards, so that you can open it, as the striker bolt is hanging up on the striker pocket, which also may be bad, along with the hard to see brass shim that's in that pocket.
The groove in the striker bolt, is what cause the split pin to bend, because your forcing the handle, but it doesn't want to move because of the groove, that's hung up on the striker pocket. As a result, you will bend the pin, everytime.