Squeaking noise of the car door is one of the most annoying things one could ever experience throughout their journey. Because you have to deal with this noise every time you get in. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest automotive maintenance problems. You can get rid of it easily.
It is also very easy to repair because you don’t need any tools. You just need to give your noisy hinge some grease.
But first, you need to know why your car door squeaks. Then we will discuss how to fix squeaky car door.
If your car door squeaks while driving and also front door makes popping sound then it needs lubrication. In order to slide them effortlessly, the hinges of your car were coated in grease when you bought them. But that wears away over time and picks up dirt. The jam into the mechanism causes noisy friction. The noise starts when the grease is gone. Because the metal of your car door rubs up against dry metal.
Find The Location Of Creaking Sound
Search and find the exact location from where the noise is coming. It could be the hinges, the seal or the door. Check all possible areas.
Clean The Following Area
First, you should clean the specific area from where the noise is coming. Then, clean it properly. Sometimes, cleaning reduces the squeaking sound. Because it removes rust and dust. If there is still noise then use high-quality grease. To clean dust you can use commercial dust blowers which are easy to find online. In case of grease, it’s advised to use wipes. But be careful of using wet wipes in places where forming rust is a possibility.
Types Of Lubricants [works best]
There are many types of lubricants. You have to know which one is best for your car. Some lubricants are for metal parts and some are for non-metal parts. Some give high coverage. On the other hand, some lubricant gives very light coverage. Here are some basic information about different lubricants. Take a look.
Non-metal parts can be lubricated by this one. It gives light coverage. You can use this on plastic, nylon etc.
Dust and dirt can damage the locking mechanism. This lubricant keeps dust and dirt away. [more about graphite Lubricant wiki.]
How To Fix A Squeaky Car Door Hinge:
If you want to get rid of this problem then follow these steps.
Open the door that squeaks. Then Lift the open car door upwards so that you can make sure the hinge is not wobbling. If the car door hinges are broken or weak then the pressure they will apply on the hinge pin of the door will be imbalanced. For the case of the compromised hinge, the most obvious symptom seen is misalignment. In this case, you can the door can’t be easily closed
You must know in which area of the hinge the squeaking takes place. To know this you have to swing the door of the car back and forth. There are usually two hinges on a car door. They are the upper hinge and lower hinge. You should lubricate both hinges even if only one squeak.
It is very important to shake the can of white lithium grease. Do it very well and then place it into the sprayer.
There will be two points of contact on the upper and lower hinges where the car door hinges meet the hinge pin of the frame. A proper spray of those points is advised. Often a slight gap between this connection can be found where the tube of the spray used can easily fit into. Spray the grease on the top and bottom of each hinge contact. For example, the upper hinge will have an upper and lower connection for the top part of the hinge in addition to an upper and lower connection for the bottom part of the hinge. The same manoeuvre is applied to the bottom hinge.
There’s a metal bar that is positioned between the upper and lower hinges called car door stop. Carefully spray that doorstop.
Swing the car door repeatedly to pass the grease inside. You can apply more grease if needed but don’t forget to swing again.
Repeat this process for the other doors as well. All car doors need to be lubricated. Even if they are not squeaking anymore, repeat it. If other doors don’t squeak that doesn’t mean they are properly lubricated. They just don’t get used often.
Is It Possible To Prevent It From Coming Back?
Lubrication is not a permanent solution. You have to lubricate your car door hinges now and then to keep it noise-free. If you don’t want squeaky door hinge problems to be a chronic one then you must follow some steps. You must avoid exposition the car door or hinge to moisture. Do not keep your car door open for a long period. Snow and rain can damage your car door. So, keep your car door close when it’s raining or snowing.
A squeaky car door hinge can irritate you very much. But it is easy to fix it. You can do it yourself. Sometimes, some parts of the car need to be replaced. Rusted car door hinges are one of the common issues. You may clean it if there is a little amount of corrosion. But if the amount is huge then it should be replaced.
Another culprit of the squeaking car door is bushing on the door. Check them often and if they seem loose, tight them.
When Do Car Doors Need Lubrication:
Symptoms of door hinges in need of lubrication include:
The car door squeaks while driving
Makes popping sound
Couldn’t open the door easily
Couldn’t close the door easily
You can use a hairspray to eliminate the squeak. Also, you can rub a bar of soap. Both of these work well.
The door hinge is an important part of your car. It is actually the part that closes and opens the door. Without this, you can not use your car. The hinge can be rusty over time. Thus, this needs proper lubrication from time to time. So, it can not make any annoying sound.
So now, you have noted the process and know how to fix the squeaky car door. All you can do is try this out as soon as possible and get rid of your squeaking car door. Also, let us know if this is enough useful or not. Share your thoughts on our comment box.
Hi, I am Rogers Weber, the man behind of the Solvesonic. I am a mechanical engineer. I use many kinds of tools almost every day at my workplace. I love to write about tools, home improvement, and DIYs. I enjoy helping people to solve their problems through my website.