Difficulty with sliding door bolt that keeps loosening

Difficulty with sliding door bolt that keeps loosening

Postby blendergasket [OP] » April 2nd 2020, 12:57am

Hi!

I have a 1994 Astro and the bold that the sliding door latches onto when it closes keeps loosening. It's gotten so bad that one trip down a bumpy road causes the bolt to nearly unscrew itself.

The length of the bolt seems to be just too big for me to use my socket wrench, but the space the bolt lives inside is too small for a deep socket wrench.

What solutions have you all come up with for accessing this bolt to tighten it down? I have some lock tite, and I was hoping to just use a wrench, but that is proving difficult also.

Thanks in advance for any tips!
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Re: Difficulty with sliding door bolt that keeps loosening

Postby TBLBill » April 3rd 2020, 2:21pm

Do you have a picture of the bolt you're talking about? I'm imagining the part with the Torx head on it.
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Re: Difficulty with sliding door bolt that keeps loosening

Postby tungtide » April 3rd 2020, 4:08pm

Allen or Torx replacement bolt. Then blue lock title.
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Re: Difficulty with sliding door bolt that keeps loosening

Postby blendergasket [OP] » April 19th 2020, 6:53am

It's more the pin that the back of the door grabs. I may have misspoken about what the specific thing was called. I ended up locktiting it, but I worry that it is not tight so my door still is sort of slightly open in the back (but it still latches. I am wondering if I need a replacement for that bolt but I can't seem to find it online.
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Re: Difficulty with sliding door bolt that keeps loosening

Postby Astrofarian » April 19th 2020, 2:54pm

Loctite should hold it...as long as it isn't damaged in some way? You COULD also try adding a thin "shim/washer" onto the threaded part if it still comes loose on you; this would alter the relationship between the shoulder of the strike bolt and the sheet metal, allowing it to be torqued tight.
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