Aluminium Fatigue

Birchall

Dick Chown Award 2016
Hi,

Before you do anything expensive, try tightening the bolts that mount the hinge.

These often come loose and cause the door to drop.

The cracked hinge would have to be a significant crack indeed to cause a drop.

Try the following link, it may be a free repair for you (fingers crossed)

[h=1]Tightening the door hinge bolts[/h]
Steve B
 

Doug S

Member
Will give that a go, borrowing some sline bits to try later tonight. might sort out the dropped door. The crack is still there, can even see it flex along the crack when opening the door to its limit and giving it a little bit of pressure beyond that.
With storm Gertrude passing through today its not the best weather for trying to adjust doors outside:)
 

Birchall

Dick Chown Award 2016
Will give that a go, borrowing some sline bits to try later tonight. might sort out the dropped door. The crack is still there, can even see it flex along the crack when opening the door to its limit and giving it a little bit of pressure beyond that.
With storm Gertrude passing through today its not the best weather for trying to adjust doors outside:)

It definitely sounds like you need to resolve that crack (not a rare issue) but hopefully the door has dropped due to loose hinge bolts and not the crack.

You should perhaps consider replacing the door check strap if it is not in top condition, that will make the crack worse.

Fngers still crossed for you

Steve B
 

John H

Member
Hi Doug,

As others have suggested, try tightening the door hinges first. My door went out of alignment last year and that fixed it. As I recall it's not as easy a job as it sounds as you all but need a special tool to get access, and in the end Perth Audi did it for me. I have used Perth Audi for years, they are very expensive, but they are as good a garage as I have ever come across. If your car is suffering fatigue they should fix it for you. I recall that way back in the this thread someone quotes the Audi service bulletin that authorises this work. Look that up and go armed with this, it will help, as I don't suppose its something they get asked often, if at all. Knowledge is power. I'm also in Fife by the way.

John H
 

Philip

Member
I was at my local Audi dealer today ordering some parts - I'd previously contacted Audi UK customer services about the repair to the doors, and when they finally worked out what I was talking about they pointed me at a dealer (i.e. they washed their hands of it).

The staff in the service department weren't interested at all - they were apparently unaware of the cracking problem, but found the technical bulletin and were quick to point out that it wasn't a recall issue. The extract from this thread about the repair confirming that it should be done for free even when out of warranty (was that an internal Audi memo?) was dismissed - they said they'd do it only if I paid, full stop.

Has anyone had any success in getting the problem repaired recently?
 

Colin 540

A2OC Donor
I Had the same experience with my local dealer last year, agreed there was a tear metal fatigue, didn't want to know, no longer covered in 12 year anti corrosion warranty, asked if I could buy the kit to fix myself no answer forth coming, very dissapointed as I was still within the 12 year anti corrosion warranty.
 

Nagah

Member
You do not need to worry too much. My A2 also has those cracks in the door. But even when someone broke my door by using a power lift while it being open nothing happened to those cracks.

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vespa166

A2OC Donor
You do not need to worry too much. My A2 also has those cracks in the door. But even when someone broke my door by using a power lift while it being open nothing happened to those cracks.

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Lamborgini doors, is that a first :-o now that would make me mad if someone was ever that irresponsible with mine, accidents do happen tho.

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Audi A2 3L

Member
Just to keep this current... I'm taking my A2 into Audi to have my drivers door looked at in January.

It's a 2003 so we'll see what they say!

MG
 
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