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How to Fix a Bent Car Door Frame: Tips & Solutions

If you’re having trouble with your car door frame, you might be looking towards the outside dealer. They can try to fix the door frame for you, but this can cost a lot more than what you’d like to spend. Unsure of how to go about this? Check out our story and video below to learn how you can fix a bent door frame yourself without any prior experience.

How to Fix a Bent Car Door Frame?

Your car door frame needs to be straightened out before you can drive away. The easiest way to do this is to lean against the wall, slide your door gently open and place it back on the ground until the door frame is level. It’s best to use a small, flat, soft object such as a brick to make sure the door is at an angle that will not damage it further.

You can do this at home or at a garage (if you have one). You may need to take a few days off work if the car is out of action. If you think you’re likely to be able to drive again soon, take the car to a garage, or call the primary dealer who might be able to do this for you. The garage should be able to arrange for it to be done.

Otherwise, contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to report it to them: they can suggest a garage or contact you to let you know when they can be expected. If you don’t report it within the statutory period of three years after the date of the incident, then the NHTSA will treat your car as ‘reported damaged’, and the car will not be allowed to be sold in the US market until repairs are made.

 Here are some considerations to be followed to repair the car door frame :

1. Try driving slowly in a straight line on the road. If you hit bumps, try to keep your speed steady.

2. Avoid taking corners quickly, as this may damage the door frame.

3. The door frame is made up of two pieces of wood, one at the bottom and one at the top. The top piece is usually higher than the bottom. Therefore, the lower part is more likely to be damaged first.

4. If the frame appears loose, put a wedge under the lower piece and gently tap the upper part to make the frame more secure.

5. When repairing a frame that appears loose, first check that the frame is straight. If not, adjust it, so it is straight before you begin to tighten the bolts.

6. Do not use a hammer, damage the door frame, or leave the paintwork marks. Instead, drive a long, flat head screwdriver into the wood and tighten the screws until they feel secure. If the frame feels secure, you can now move on to fitting the new door hinges.

7. The easiest way to fit new hinges is to take them from the inside of the car. Simply lift up the old hinges and gently pull the old ones outwards. Remove the car mats, then take the door off and fit the new ones into the door hinges. It’s best to take the door off first because this will give you a clearer view of the hinges.

Then fit the hinges into the door before re-fitting the old hinges back onto the door. Answer: If your car has a loose door frame, you will probably hear a thump as it hits a bump on the road. This may mean that the frame is loose and needs tightening or that it is bent. A bent frame can cause serious damage if it hits something when you drive, or the car rolls over. Therefore, it is very important that the frame is correctly adjusted. Try these tips to help repair a bent frame:

8. Drive slowly in a straight line.

9. Avoid taking sharp corners at high speeds, as this may damage the door frame.

10. The door frame is made up of two pieces of wood, one at the bottom and one at the top. The top piece is usually higher than the bottom. Therefore, the lower part is more likely to be damaged first.

11. If the frame appears loose, put a wedge under the lower piece and gently tap the upper part to make the frame more secure.

12. When you are repairing a frame that appears loose, first check that the frame is straight. If not, adjust it, so it is straight before you begin to tighten the bolts.

13. Do not use a hammer, damage the door frame or leave marks on the paintwork. Instead, drive a long, flat head screwdriver into the wood and tighten the screws until they feel secure. If the frame feels secure, you can now move on to fitting the new door hinges.

14. The easiest way to fit new hinges is to take them from the inside of the car. Simply lift up the old hinges and gently pull the old ones outwards. Remove the car mats, then take the door off and fit the new ones into the door hinges. It’s best to take the door off first because this will give you a clearer view of the hinges. Then fit the hinges into the door before re-fitting the old hinges back onto the door.

Final Words

In conclusion, a bent car door frame can be fixed with a few simple tools and some elbow grease. With a little bit of time and effort, you can have your car door looking and functioning like new again.

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