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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Thu, Jan-11-2018, 04:21:46 PM   #11
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No problem here too with the doors.
If the doors close harder, often the case is a shrinking door gasket, that one can repair DIY, shown here on an E34 based on my idea https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...pping-Seal-Fix
I have just replaced both of my door gaskets ($600) and this problem (with my doors anyway) was unaffected. The striker plate adjustment (along with window tilt) also affects the closing, but mine still aren't "good". They both feel like opening a 1970s dump truck door on my coupe.

IMO, I think the hinge bushings (and while you're in there) door brake could stand an upgrade. They are both wear items. Has anyone done this and can share before/after thoughts?
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My driver's side door is getting harder to close. I have to use more force more and more. What is the cause of this and how do I fix it? Thanks for the help in advance.
What's happening is the striker on your door has a latch that latch seizes up after a while from being dried out from lack of lubricant one of the easiest things to do to fix this problem without removing it off the car and spending lots of money is to buy a can of lithium grease at any auto parts store then spray the latch with lithium grease thoroughly and after use a flat head screwdriver to manually push the latch back and forth back and forth so you don't end up damaging the door and once you see it goes back and forth freely with a flat head screwdriver enough times about 15 to 20 times or so then close your door normally and it should definitely see a difference after that point it should be back to normal if not look around for signs of rusting or if your door is sagging you might want to replace the door pin bushings that could be your second reason but the first is your best option and worst case scenario your Striker could be bad that's if the grease doesn't work or your pin bushings are bad.
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Old Sat, Jan-27-2018, 08:46:27 AM   #13
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No problem here too with the doors.
If the doors close harder, often the case is a shrinking door gasket, that one can repair DIY, shown here on an E34 based on my idea https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...pping-Seal-Fix
A shrunken gasket makes the door close more easily, for obvious reasons.

When I replaced the seals last year, it made the door close much harder untill they were ‘broken in’.
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I resolved my issue. The body-mounted bar needed to be adjusted out towards the door by a millimeter or two. Closes nice now. I was surprised how much adjustment is available on that thing. 2 torx bolts, some trial & error and she's perfect.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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