It's difficult when your door starts to age and sag, it makes opening and closing it a noisy and trying chore. Many people immediately think that they have to replace the entire door, which is a costly replacement if there ever was one. The thing is that all it takes is a quick switch of your door hinge bushings to get that door up to par again. You might think it an easy thing to get considering how small they are. But here are a few things to look at.
Size and Shape
There are many different diameter sizes for bushings depending on both the load they have to bear and the location they are to cover. When picking out bushings for replacement, match the inner diameter and the outer diameters perfectly. Anything less or more will not fit at all.
It's important to look for bushings that possess at minimum the following qualities:
- Strength. If you can, find out the compressive strength capability of the bushing you want to get.
- Durability. Apart from being strong, it should resist fatigue.
- Thermal Conductivity. This is its ability to resist friction and heat.
- Anti-Corrosion. Resistance to rust is always an important option.
All these properties are usually indicated in catalogs or on online list, so do the research. It will save you from the very real danger of having the door fall off!
You can find bushings lower than $5 a piece-these aren't of reliable quality. Higher-quality bushings are actually very affordable and you can find one for between $10-15. What's a few dollars more for guaranteed quality?
Better still, if you shop online, you can even find full sets for the different hinges on the doors of vehicles of a specific make or model. Apart from being more affordable, these sets save you the trouble of having to measure and match each one.