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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:24 AM
danny540bmw danny540bmw is offline
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why do my rear doors have to be slammed to close properly?

Both my rear doors have to be slammed quite a bit harder than the front doors to shut properly, why is this? is something not lining up or does something need oiling? Its annoying as my passengers have to to take sometime two or three attempts to shut them properly.

At first i put it down to them being heavy doors, but i am convinced they are getting harder to shut

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:39 AM
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1. Adjust the door catch (no need to grease it)

2. Lubricate door latch (small amount of grease)

3. Do NOT forget to grease the door hinges.

4. Lastly lubricate door brake stop.
This is usually the source of "hard-to-close" doors.

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:41 AM
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I second that. Re-adjust your door locks
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:48 AM
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Mine does the same thing but all 4 doors need a good push to close them. The rears take just a little more of a harder push to close them I found. Mine has done this since I bought the car at 8000 miles so I believe this is a characteristic. However, maybe yours are out of alighnment.
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:12 AM
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Could be simply that the latch and catch are out of alignment.

But why both rears if its just an alignment issue? Probability of both rears being out of alignment is much lower than just one door.

Maybe the car had been in an accident and the body was twisted?
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:19 AM
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Could be simply that the latch and catch are out of alignment.

But why both rears if its just an alignment issue? Probability of both rears being out of alignment is much lower than just one door.

Maybe the car had been in an accident and the body was twisted?
The usual cause for "hard-to-move" doors: Lack of grease on door brake stop.
Trust me this is the cause.
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:51 AM
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See picture:

1. Adjust the door catch (no need to grease it)

2. Lubricate door latch (small amount of grease)

3. Do NOT forget to grease the door hinges.

4. Lastly lubricate door brake stop.
This is usually the source of "hard-to-close" doors.

When you are done, send me some Xmas gift.....LOL....

Hope this helps.
Excellent information.

However, if the above doesn't fix it, try opening a window a little bit before closing the doors. These cars are very air tight/well sealed to keep the outside sounds and scents away from the occupants. Opening a window gives the air in the cabin a place to go when closing a door. While this may not be the most convenient fix, it's a very easy thing to try.
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:44 PM
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I suggest leaving the striker alone (what's called a "catch" above). The strikers are hard to adjust. I speak from personal experience here -- this was a fools errand for me, but if you are extremely skillful with striker-adjustment more power to you.

Moreover if the slow-door-closing problem is not evident at the moment the door contacts the striker, adjusting the striker isn't likely to fix the problem. Add lube to the hinge pins instead. Still, my doors have a slow/heavy throw and I can't tell why.
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Maybe becoz dey are not used as much as drivers door? Any consolation to you mine are the same
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Old 12-24-2007, 05:27 AM
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I agree that the striker is not that easy to adjust. It can be a fools errand. try the hinges firts and the door brake. A good high temp silicone lube should be good. Be precise with the application and do not over kill it. Then "work" the door. If all esle fails then try to adjust the striker but please make sure you have another set of eyes as a point of reference
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Try living in Canada, when the temp dips below ZERO sometimes the back doors won't close at all!! If this happens you need to take a hair dryer to the outside handle. After about 5 minutes a cable will release inside the door and will close.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:09 PM
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Try living in Canada, when the temp dips below ZERO sometimes the back doors won't close at all!! If this happens you need to take a hair dryer to the outside handle. After about 5 minutes a cable will release inside the door and will close.
i experienced this last winter with my passenger door, it stuck solid and the mainsteeler had to remove half of the dash to remove the door card to fix the problem, had a none opening door for almost two weeks
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