How to Replace Dodge Truck Door Hinge Pins

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Even though hinge pins are one of the smaller components in a Dodge truck, it's essential that they be in good working order. Damaged hinge pins may result in your Dodge truck door squeaking, sagging or even being unable to open and close correctly. If ignored, the resulting poorly aligned Dodge truck door may pull and cause damage to the truck's body. Replacing your Dodge truck's hinge pins is a job most truck owners can do themselves. As of 2010, the hinges for one door could be replaced for less than $10.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack stand or 2 buckets, 5-gallon
  • Old towel or sheet
  • Punch
  • Hammer
  • 2 new hinge pins
  • 2 new lock rings
  • Park your Dodge truck on a flat surface. Make sure the parking and emergency brakes are engaged.

  • Put the old towel or blanket over the jack stand or five-gallon buckets. Open the affected truck door and use the jack stand or buckets to support the door while you replace the hinge pins.

  • Find the bottom hinge pin. (It is the lower long pin that is keeping the door's lower hinge pieces connected and in place.) Locate the bottom hinge pin's tip--it will be pointing down.

  • Place the punch against the tip of the bottom hinge pin. Gently hit the punch with the hammer until the hinge pin is dislodged and easily removed from the hinge. Leave the hinge pin in the hinge for now.

  • Find the top hinge pin. (It is the top long pin that is keeping the door's upper hinge pieces connected and in place.) Locate the top hinge pin's tip--it will be pointing up.

  • Place the punch against the tip of the top hinge pin. Gently hit the punch with the hammer until the hinge pin is dislodged and easily removed from the hinge.

  • Remove the top and bottom hinge pins from their respective hinges.

  • Ensure the hinges are still aligned and in place so the new hinge pins can easily be put in place.

  • Insert the new hinge pins into each of the door hinges. Ensure they are placed in the hinges as the original hinge pins were: the upper hinge pin tip should point up, while the bottom hinge pin tip should point down.

  • Secure each of the new hinge pins with the punch.

  • Place the new locking rings onto the tips of each of the new hinge pins. Strike the locking rings with the hammer to ensure they are tightly fastened onto the hinge pins.

  • Discard the old hinge pins; put all your tools away.

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