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Wind noise start annoying me on freeway/highway. So yesterday i inspect the possible cause, all weather-strips are seems ok, I just noticed that the driver side door is slight uneven from the back door (door align to it). Anyone here know how to adjust the door?
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Wind noise start annoying me on freeway/highway. So yesterday i inspect the possible cause, all weather-strips are seems ok, I just noticed that the driver side door is slight uneven from the back door (door align to it). Anyone here know how to adjust the door?
i'm thinking if the striker plate (attached) can be adjusted (up down and left right) so that the door is shut tight.
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If you want to adjust the striker plate it is a good idea to mark around the plate at your starting position as once loosened the plate can move in all directions, and it gives you a reference point if you have to start over. Don't loosen the plate too much , just enough to move it's position inwards slightly. If you are not confident doing it yourself most panel shops will do it fairly cheaply for you, it doesn't take them long.

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good to know that the plate has a clearance to move, coz some cars ford taurus for example (my recent car) dont have this clerance. i'll try later today. thanks.
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If you want to adjust the striker plate it is a good idea to mark around the plate at your starting position as once loosened the plate can move in all directions, and it gives you a reference point if you have to start over. Don't loosen the plate too much , just enough to move it's position inwards slightly. If you are not confident doing it yourself most panel shops will do it fairly cheaply for you, it doesn't take them long.
The plate screw was stock I’m having hard time loosened it. I just bought a long screw driver and spray WD40 many times but still no luck. It there a special tool I can use to move this thing?
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I usually use a square shank large phillips screw driver that I can fit a spanner[ wrench ]onto to help loosen the screws. If you can't get a square shank screw driver, they are hard to get at times, you could do as I used to do and weld a nut to a round shank one. You sometimes have to lean your hip against the end of the driver to hold the head on the screw as you turn the wrench, so be careful. Another method is to fit a screw driver bit into a socket and use that. I wouldn't use an impact driver incase the paint gets damaged. The problem you are having is one of the reasons that sometimes it is better to have a panel shop do the job.

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Try using an impact driver. This is a screwdriver type tool that you wack on the back end with a hammer while putting a torque on it in the direction you want to turn. THIS IS NOT AN IMPACT WRENCH. Very popular tool with motorcycle mechanics. The hammer hit seats the screw bit tightly into the screw, and the tool provides a quick snap to loosen the screw. I bought mine years ago, have used it for many things. Pulsar86 makes a good point- be careful you don't slip and damage the paint. The trick is to be straight on, take your time. My motto is- Do it correctly, do it once. Honest, Pulsar, I didn't steal it from you. My old man was a class A machinist, he drummed that into me at an early age.

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Yes and let us know if the adjustment fixes your window noise, a few of us are still living with this pain.
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