Stiff Garage Door

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  1. Debs

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    Can anyone advise please?
    The garage door has gradually become stiffer and we wonder how the hinges are supposed to be greased as there's nothing obvious (Les believes that wd40 shouldn't be used).
    Photos att'd - please ignore the grime, been tied up hospital visiting.
    Cheers
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  2. Stealaway

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    Its because its aluminium on aluminium I guess, both have furred up.
    If would be good to remove the plastic covers and try and get some thicker oil down the length of the hinge.
    If you could lift the door of and grease the pivots - even better.
     
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  3. Debs

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    Thanks for this.....Les will have a go shortly
     
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    Grease would be better than oil. If that top cap is plastic and can be popped off I'd get some good old gundgy greasy down there with a grease gun.
     
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    I would work some silicone spray into it------I always keep silicone spray in the van----lube curtain tracks--awning moving bits-locker/door catches plus countless other things
    Nigel
     
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    I had the same problem on locker doors, new hinges were available at £40 a pair ( not even gold plated nor fitting included) so plan B remove doors from van,remove hinges from doors and using copious squirts of penetrating oil, some muscle and a vice managed to free up the hinge movement take apart, clean up oil and replace. Now all sorted. The problem is caused by the reaction between the aluminium hinge body and the brass hinge pin,allied to time grime and no maintenance by the previous owner.
    You need to fix them now because stage two of the problem is for the aluminium hinge to fatigue, crack and fracture!!
     
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    I have had a similar problem on mine. The Hymer handbook says use non-acid grease. I used silicone grease but in order to apply it properly, the door(s) need to be unhinged and the hinge-pins exposed so that they can be cleaned and re-greased. It was a bit fiddly getting the habitation and garage doors off, but worth while. (In fact, I combined it with removing the fly screen door so that I could fit new mesh.)
    I found that trying to force lubricant down the hinges from the top plugs did not work. Also, don't use WD40 or similar as it just makes the problem worse over time.
     
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    WD40 is often suggested for such things then other people come along and say in the long run it attracts water (Never found that myself but will rely on the word of others). I would suggest building a dam out of putty or plasticine around the top of the hinge then filling with 3 in one oil and allow it to gradually work its way through the hinge pin.
     
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    Remove the hinges and separate the parts of each. Clean the pins with emery tape and drill out the plastic lined bodies (5mm from memory but best to check diameter of the pins). Re-assemble with a suitable lubricant.

    D.
     
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    I didn't know you could get replacement fly screen mesh, could you say where from please.
     
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    Most M/H/Caravan dealers stock it or try ebay!
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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    Thanks all for the replies
    Dave could I ask please - specifically how do the pins come out? Do you hammer from the top or bottom please?
    Thanks.
     
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    Pretty much what I did with mine Dave, except I didn't have to drill out the plastic linings.
     
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    This is where I got mine:
    http://flyscreenqueen.co.uk/
     
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    Think they lift up so from the bottom or at least that's how our caravan works.
     
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    Depending on how badly they are seized they may just lift off or may need tapping apart with a hammer, in extreme cases they will be seized solid and replacement is the only realistic option.

    D.
     
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    Sorry to be dim :blusher: but the hinge is about 7 inches long with the pin running the full length of the hinge - this means the door can't lift off, any ideas exactly how you get the pin out please?
     
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    Are you saying that the door don't clear the opening when its open?
     
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    Expensive isn't it ?
    the 1,2m W is 2,20€ linear metre here & 1,5m 2,80€
    Other sizes down to 60cm available.
     
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