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Slider door alignment?

The bottom rear edge of my slider sticks out about 1/8"+. The top, and both top and bottom in front are aligned with the body.

Is there a known method of aligning the door? I see only one attachment point at the back when open, and it's in the middle. When closed, I can push in the bottom of the door with moderate pressure to be aligned, but of course it does not stay in when pressure is relieved. The door also seems like it needs to be slammed to close (but easier when a window or other door is open).

Also noticed a few paint chips at some places on the rear edge of slider, but the door does not make contact at any point and the chips have not increased or appeared on the body. There ere some miles on the van before I got it, maybe they aligned the door (poorly) to correct the chipping, and now it sticks out at the bottom.
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I had the dealer adjust my slider between recalls and it made it much easier to close. The only semi-relevant info I could find is this:

Doors Not Aligned & Paint Chipping
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I had the same issue. The misalignment in the rear was actually causing additional wind/road noise. Brought the van into Ford for alignment and repair of the chipping. Come to find out the door was warped and needed to be replaced.

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I don't really want to park my van at a dealership for 2 weeks just to have the door aligned when they feel like it.
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I scheduled an appointment to have the door adjusted but had to cancel due to work.

The door sometimes needs to be slammed to shut, other times shuts with just moderate force. NOT as easy as my 2003 Sprinter, which just rolls to the stops and clicks shut with only a little effort.

The T250 sounds like there is something restricting movement the last inch or two, but I cannot see anything obvious. The mid door rollers rattle like they're loose, but they aren't, as they go around the curve before shutting or when opening. I have a feeling it's something in that roller or catch area, because the partially closed door will shut if I push in on the outside near the catch. However, the catch itself appears to be centered and without restrictions, and there is no sign of wear on an area indicating it isn't aligned. The bottom of the door sticks out 1/8-1/4" as well, but the top is flush. I suspect the door sticks out because the dealership adjusted it before I bought it to correct the paint chipping, but their "adjustment" is amateurish and very shade-tree.

Any other input so I know where to direct them before they make a bigger mess out of things? Or adjustment that I can do myself (preferable)?

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