Navigator 2WD V8-5.4L SOHC VIN L (1999)
then the front door to the fender
All mating surfaces should be reviewed and, if necessary, refit starting with correcting the rear door to the quarter panel and working forward.
The door should be adjusted to obtain proper seal compression while maintaining a good door fit. An adjustment may be required only at one
hinge. For example: if the top of the door is outboard, causing a lack of seal compression around the upper door frame area, and the fit of the lower
part of the door is good to the adjacent panels, an inward adjustment at only the upper hinge would be appropriate (refer to Step 5). Note that
adjustments to the rear door may require additional adjustments to the front door, and then also possibly to the front fender to maintain the proper
panel fit and alignment.
The rear of the door should be set in/out with the striker to align at the door latch area with the mating panel. If the upper or lower part of the door
doesn't align to the adjacent panel, the amount of door tip must be corrected by adjustment at the hinges in order to get both the upper and lower
surfaces of the door aligned or flushed to the adjacent panels.
The in/out setting at the front of the doors is controlled by the hinge adjustment.
It should be set to obtain the proper amount of seal contact, which can be determined using the 3X5" Card Test or the Chalk Test.
As a guideline, if there is insufficient weatherstrip contact of the door, the hinge(s) should be adjusted 2-4 mm inboard. This is accomplished
by loosening the hinge~to-door bolts just enough to permit movement of the door with a padded pry bar.
Only one hinge should be adjusted at a time. The other tight hinge helps to prevent any drastic door movement (which may result due to the
weight of the door) which will result in a complete door refitting for both up/down as well as in/out positions.
The amount of movement can be determined by outlining the hinge mounting area on the door prior to adjustment, and measuring the hinge
movement relative to this outline after adjustment. A 2-4mm adjustment should be sufficient to return the door to within its nominal operating
Finally, the door closing effort should be checked to be sure the seal compression has not increased so much that a closing effort concern has been
created. If the efforts are unacceptably high, the door may have been moved excessively inward, and should be refitted outward to a location that
balances the seal compression for windnoise with closing efforts. It may be necessary to perform another 3X5" Card Test or Chalk Test to verify
the final seal compression.