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V4 Mad

United Kingdom
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Posted - 01 Sep 2020 :  20:28:13 Show Profile Reply with Quote

Any tips on getting the hinge pin out - never removed one before.

Ideally would like to leave the main part of the hinge attached to the car although I appreciate I may need to get it off to 'press' the pin out.

Was thinking about heat and a tap from the bottom?

Lots of play in the door part of the hinge - solution suggestions welcome! Oversize pin? Door part sleeved? Perhaps the pin is worn, not the hinge so could be replaced with a like for like part?

Thanks in advance!

V4 Guru

United Kingdom
3150 Posts

Posted - 01 Sep 2020 :  21:01:14 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Wow, that looks bad! Never taken one apart, I would try (heat,) hammer and punch first. Just sent you an email.

For others' reference, these are the replacement pin sets I bought for my 95, but haven't tried yet (they'll need to be cut to length):

Iirc the standard pins are either 8mm or 5/16", the holes may need to be reamed to size for replacement pins. If the wear is in the cast parts ("leafs"?), sleeving with oilite bushes or similar would be a good option I would think.

Keep us posted, my 95 still need this job doing and I'd like to improve the hinges on my 96 as well at some point.
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Posted - 02 Sep 2020 :  05:48:15 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The pin was worn and also was the hinge part which is connected to the door in my car. Standard pins were 8mm and I replaced them with VW kleinbus 8.2mm oversized pin. I used 8.2mm drill ream the holes larger.

VW kleinbus pins are longer, so those have to be shortened. Old pins can be removed by punch and hammer, but it is easier to do the it if the hinges are removed from the car. But those hinge fastening screw are usually rusty..

Edited by - AnttiK on 02 Sep 2020 05:51:27
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V4 Mad

United Kingdom
826 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2020 :  19:56:25 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thanks for the tips.
We are moving house in less than two weeks (sooner than expected) so spent last night throwing panels on so I can drive the car!
Will revisit when moved in and report back.
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