Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The driver door is dropping when opened, because the frame structure that the door hinge is on is cracking.

asked by on

Last Saturday, my driver door starting sagging when I opened it. Since then I have been crawling out of my passenger door anytime I have to get in or out of my car.

Took it to the local Nissan dealership for them to fix an A/C recall. While it was there, they looked at the door. They had never seen anything like it and sent me to a local body shop.

At the body shop, once they inspected it. They stated that it is cracked, due to the weight of the door. The doors are just too heavy for the structure. So they can go in and "rig" something up and HOPE that it works or I'm just pretty much stuck with not using my driver door.

Is there anything that can be done about this?

My car has 59000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This is a serious issue. If you are the original owner and thus can vouch for "no prior abuse", "no collision damage" and so forth, obviously that means one of two things: it is a manufacturer defect or a design defect or, of course, a combination. I would recommend filing a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That can be done at their website. In addition, you should contact Nissan Customer Service and seek reimbursement, or assistance, regardless of warranty status as it’s absurd to have a door hanging off a vehicle like that. As far as technical repairs, it should be possible to weld sufficient material in that pillar "area" to back up the door hinges such that the door is adequately hung. I couldn’t guess at the cost, but it is technically repairable such that the load of the door will be adequately supported. So that you don’t go from the frying pan into the fire, my advice is be selective about who does the work and that means get multiple opinions until you find somebody who you are confident in. Ask for an explanation, indeed a drawing, of what is proposed; if they won’t give you one and they seem to be inclined to "wing it", definitely look elsewhere. Welding is an art and the mechanics of the fix have to be thought through and planned. Not all shops are going to be able to do that, at least not to your liking, so it is worth doing some research before you have it done. In the meantime, contact Nissan and NHTSA. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  • Home
  • Questions
  • The driver door is dropping when opened, because the frame structure that the door hinge is on is cracking.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Transmission Lurching Issues?

The lurching is not caused by a fault in the transmission. Rather, the misfiring is probably the cause as the engine periodically gains and loses power as the misfiring occurs. Diagnostic Trouble Code P0301 means that Cylinder No. 1 is...

Q: After changing the throttle body do we need to reset computer

Hello, thank you for writing in. There is a reset procedure for the throttle body for Nissan. It will include cycling the key "On" (not to start) for 2 seconds, and off for 10 seconds. Repeat this three times. Leave...

Q: Truck loses power and tries to stall

Hey there. This is a common sign of a faulty ignition coil. Ignition coils are coated with a varnish-like insulation that becomes brittle over time after being stretched then contracted repeated as the copper beneath them expands and contracts at...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.