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For cars manufactured 2005-2007 (ish?) the top hinge on the driver's door is a sealed Mercedes design that can't be lubricated. Unfortunately, it seems to be prone to a failure that causes it to "clunk" when opening and closing. While it doesn't appear to actually cause a failure to open and close the door, it's pretty darn annoying. For 2008+, the hinges were changed to an open (exposed spring) design. I finally got fed up with the clunk and decided to replace the old hinges with the new ones. They recommend that you replace both hinges, even though only the top one is defective (the simple pivot hinge on the bottom is usually still fine). With the new design, the spring mechanism is the lower hinge and the simple pivot is the top hinge.

Old hinge on the left, new hinge on the right.


To remove and replace the driver's door hinges, you'll need to remove the front fender. There are 10 bolts that hold the fender on, and it will require you to remove the wheel well liner to get to some of them. By leaving the door closed and only replacing one hinge at a time, you shouldn't run into alignment issues.

Parts required:
new top hinge, part # 55113469AD (left side, front door, top hinge)
new bottom hinge, part # 4575749AG (left side, front door, lower hinge)
Mopar touch-up spray paint, 1 can (5 oz) - easily enough to paint 4 hinges

Tools required:
10mm socket
13mm socket
various socket extensions
13mm combination wrench
1/2" combination wrench

Time:
about 2 hours (including figuring out where all the bolts are, not including painting). YMMV

Difficulty: 4
Intimidation factor: 6 (I'm removing body panels! What if my door doesn't align correctly!)

Start the day before by painting the hinges. No need to be perfect on these but unless you have a black car you probably want to get them the right color. Let the paint dry at least overnight.

Here's a diagram showing the locations of the 10 bolts you'll need to remove. Sorry about the order of the numbers; I numbered them as I found them.


Start by jacking up the car and removing the driver's side front wheel. Be sure to put a jack stand under the car.

Disconnect the ABS sensor by pushing downward on the top of the silver clip and pulling the connector out.





Remove the wheel well liner. There are a little over a dozen of the plastic panel clips holding it in, plus two plastic panel rivets. The regular panel clips just pop out (it's really easy if you have a panel popper tool, but a small flathead screwdriver works just fine). The plastic rivets will have to have their centers pushed in with an awl, and doing so destroys them. You can replace them with regular panel clips during reinstallation.



Once all the clips are out, maneuver the wheel well liner out and set it aside.


Now it's time to remove the bolts. Important note: they're almost all different, so be sure to keep track of which ones go where. All of the bolts holding the fender on use a 10mm socket but you'll need various extensions to reach each one.
Bolts 1-5


Bolts 6-10


These are out of numerical order but probably make sense to do it this way.

Bolt 1 - front corner, from under the hood


Bolt 9 - under the front corner, from inside the wheel well. You actually remove the nut from the bolt and leave the bolt in place.



Bolt 4 - bottom front corner, from wheel well


Bolt 10 - bottom front corner, next to bolt 4, from wheel well



Bolts 7 and 8 - you'll need to pull back the plastic cover at the bottom rear of the fender edge. The plastic cover is riveted to the side skirt (rear) and has a clip that pops out towards its middle. Don't pull too hard; just enough to pop the clip free.


Bolts 7 & 8 - under the plastic cover. You'll need to pull back on the cover while you remove these.



Remove the foam pad that's tucked in inside the fender just behind the door hinges (it just pulls out) but be careful not to tear it. Set it aside for now.




Bolt 5 - this is by the bottom door hinge. You can get to this one from behind the fender using your 10mm wrench with extensions or from the door jamb using an E7 (star) socket. You might be able to get away with just loosening this instead of removing it, but I removed it anyway.




Bolt 6 - same as bolt 5 but next to the top hinge.





Bolt 2 - front, from under the hood


Bolt 3 - by hood support, from under the hood



Now we're ready to remove the fender. IMPORTANT! You're going to have to slide the fender about an inch towards the rear of the car to get past the protrusion next to bolt 1 with the driver's door open. There is very little clearance and you don't want to scratch the paint on the driver's door. Hang a towel over the driver's door, just in case. First pull the rear of the fender away from the car a few inches, then slide the fender back to release.



Once the fender is off, set it aside on a blanket to prevent it from getting scratched.

Put the wheel back on and lower the car. You want the car resting normally on all 4 wheels for the hinge removal and re-installation. NOTE: it may be necessary to drive the car a short distance to get the suspension to sit normally. I found this out after completing the job and finding that the door wasn't perfectly aligned later, even though it was perfectly when I installed the hinges.

Now for the easy part: replacing the door hinges. The hinges are each held in place with 4 bolts. They appear to be 14mm but two of mine seemed to be 1/2" - use whichever wrench seems to fit best, since you don't want to damage the bolt heads. You'll need to use a combination wrench to reach one of the bolts.

Top hinge. With the driver's door closed, loosen the 3 bolts and one nut. Once all are loose, remove them. The door will remain in place, held there by the remaining hinge and the door strike.


The old hinge should be able to be wiggled out. Grab the new top hinge and wiggle it in. If you can't get it to fit past the fender support, remove one of the bolts and loosen the other to rotate the support out of the way. Note: the bolt holes on the support are slotted to allow for adjustment. Make sure you'll be able to put it back where it used to be (you probably have rings of dirt around where the bolts were, which makes it easy). Install the hinge and bolt it into place. Torque to 21 ft lbs. Test open and close the door a few times to make sure it's still aligned correctly. If you had to loosen the fender support, put it back into position now and tighten.

Bottom hinge. Procedure is the same as for the top hinge. Again, test open/close to make sure its aligned properly.



Time to put the fender back on. Open the driver's door and again cover the door with a towel to prevent scratching. Maneuver the fender so that the protrusion next to bolt 1 is lined up and bolt 9 fits through its hole. Make sure that the top of the fender (under the hood) sits on the correct side of the sheet metal under the hood.

Re-install the bolts, but don't tighten them yet. I installed them in the following order: 3, 2, 1, 9, 7, 8, 5, 6, 10, 4. With the fender now held loosely in place, CAREFULLY close the door.

If the fender isn't properly aligned you don't want to bend or scratch anything. Nudge the fender as needed to get the gaps just right. Tighten the bolts one at a time, checking alignment and door operation after each one. (I don't have a torque spec on these, so I just tightened them "enough.") I found the following order easiest for keeping the panel alignment right: 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 4, 9, 1, 2, 3. Check the gap between the hood and the fender.

Jack up the car and remove the driver's side front wheel again. Use a jack stand.

Re-install the foam pad inside the fender by the hinges.

Re-install the wheel well liner and secure with the original fasteners. You'll need two additional fasteners to replace the plastic rivets you broke during removal.

Check the ABS sensor socket to make sure there's no debris inside it. Clean the metal clip with a toothbrush if necessary so that it slides down and pops back up easily.


Check the ABS sensor plug to make sure there's no debris inside it.


Push down on the metal clip on the ABS sensor socket, slide the plug in, and release the metal clip. Pull gently on the plug to make sure it's secured.

Re-install the wheel and lower the car.

Finished!
 

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Rear door hinge replacement

I also had a bad passenger side rear door hinge. The door had lost the ability to hold itself open and would randomly close while people were getting in. No bueno. Fortunately, replacing the rear hinges is really easy since there are no panels to remove.

Again, the part numbers have changed since the sealed Mercedes design is no longer used.

new top hinge # 4575750AC (right side, rear door, top hinge)
new bottom hinge # 4575752AB (right side, rear door, bottom hinge)

With the rear door closed and the front door open, remove the top hinge and replace it. The hinges bolt on exactly the same as the front ones do. Test door operation.

With the rear door closed and the front door open, remove the bottom hinge and replace it. Test door operation.
 

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Good to know what is causing that sound, I have been spraying the ccrap out of it to no avail. Also Harbor Freight sells a hand rivet gun and plastic rivet assortment if your doing more than just the 2 lower rivets, used mine to reinforce the mopar splash guards on the rear that kept coming loose.
 

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Awesome description! I'm about to take on the task of replacing the passenger side door hinges on my 06 charger. Do you happen to know the size of the rivets that will need to be replaced? I saw you had a link, but there are various sizes listed.
 

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Sorry, I don't have sizes on the plastic rivets but if you buy one of the panel fastener assortments that they sell in auto parts stores (usually on their "quick fix" spinning rack), you'll probably have a few that will fit and hold it just fine. If you decide you don't like the look of them, at that point you'll have one of the rivets you pulled out and can buy something to match. (Doing those panel fasteners will be a piece of cake after you're all done.)
 

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Top vs bottom hinges

I replaced mine this summer. I replaced the top hinge only, with the new model. It's working perfectly.
So I assume they are interchangeable, no need to change both. It costed me about 70$ including the paint.
I read somewhere on the net about someone that was billed 600$ for the same job (including a few hours of paint, which took me no more than 4 minutes for 2 coats)

The sad thing is I will have to do it again soon. Just bought another Magnum, same problem.

Thanks for the instructions, it did make my job easier !
 

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Hello, Sorry to bring up an old post but iam asking you guys who changed out door hinges how to do adjust the door for alignment? I cant tell which bolts to loosen, the hinge/pillar or hinge/door side? I cant tell which side has the adjustment. I need to move the door up slightly and forward.
 

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Simply unscrew the hinge bolts you just installed, just one turn should be enough, then have a friend pull and hold the door up, a bit higher than where you need it to be, then tighten the bolts again and test. You could need to do it a few times to get the perfect alignment.
 

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Simply unscrew the hinge bolts you just installed, just one turn should be enough, then have a friend pull and hold the door up, a bit higher than where you need it to be, then tighten the bolts again and test. You could need to do it a few times to get the perfect alignment.
The bolts on the pillar or the bolts to the door? I cant figure out which bolts to loosen? Doesn't it matter, iam not sure which bolts can adjust?
 

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Simply unscrew the hinge bolts you just installed, just one turn should be enough, then have a friend pull and hold the door up, a bit higher than where you need it to be, then tighten the bolts again and test. You could need to do it a few times to get the perfect alignment.
The bolts on the pillar or the bolts to the door? I cant figure out which bolts to loosen? Doesn't it matter, iam not sure which bolts can adjust?
Hi Frank, the bolts on the pillar are for the up-down adjustments. The bolts on the door are to get the door closer or further than the car and if you a just them like they were before, using the paint marks, it usually is good enough. So to adjust up-down as described in my post, it's the ones on the pillar.
 

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Hi Montreal! So if I adjust the bolts on the door, aiming to get the door closer to the car, I'm unsure where to or how to position for realignment...loosen the bolts on the door side of the hinge and then what?
 

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Could I put hinges from a 2010 on a 2008?
The lower hinges on the front doors have the same part number, but the 2008 doesn't list a upper hinge for the front doors. Not sure why, but that's what the local dealership's parts website tells me:

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