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closing the slider door easily

We have noticed, like many others here, that it takes some force to close the slider door.

For awhile, we were playing that game where you really need to have enough force to close the door, but too much force and you feel like you are violently damaging the door and lock/latch components. So you close it a little on the soft side and have to try again once or twice because it wont latch.

What we do now is get the door almost closed, lets say 6 inches to one foot from fully closed.

Push on the rear or the door directly towards the inside of the cabin, not in the sliding forward direction.

The door will close shut easily, with a surprising lack of effort and violent motion. You are providing a decent amount of leverage in that spot.

Works on our van

Hope this helps.
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Just tried this a few times on my medium roof slider, works like a charm! Thanks for the tip


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Just be sure you don't pinch your hand! Back in the 80's I was walking by my company E150 and noticed the rear of the sliding door wasn't all the way shut- as I went by I casually shoved it in with my palm.
The resulting 3" blood blister across my palm was extremely painful! Live and learn.

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Just be sure you don't pinch your hand! ...
Yes! I have a contractor friend who lost half of a pinkie doing this. Talk about "OUCH!"

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Relax. I slam the slider at least 20 times a day. Have done for the last 3+ years. Ditto my last three vans, some for over a decade. Never had a slider issue.
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Yeah, doesn't bother me, either... other than the not closing completely sometimes, making me get out and do it again once I started the engine and get the idiot light. My wife invariably mutters something like "...Doofus...".
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The mechanical design of the sliding door track and it's rollers is substandard. It's almost as if they took a minivan design and made it larger. For example, the main roller wheel in the center rolls ON TOP of a track instead of being suspended from an overhanging lip. In freezing weather I had some ice on the track in the morning, and had to chip it away before the slider would open; because the roller wheel would not go over it. The other bad part is the steep corner the roller must take right before the final closing. This poor design application combined with other things makes the large Transit slider on the MR and HR difficult to close (especially from the inside) unless everything is adjusted perfectly.

There is a thread regarding the paint chipping around the slider because of poor door alignment. Most of the chips came from people needing to slam the door to close it, and the door traveling further or bouncing back as a result, causing the door to hit the body. Before I had to adjust my door myself (dealer and their body shop were unable to do it adequately), it would sometimes take 4-5 tries or more to shut the door from the inside. Now I have it adjusted and aligned as well as it can be, and it's easy to close.
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We use that door a lot and like most of the designs ford does, they just did the bare minimum. We close from the inside a lot so it's ever more difficult. Attaching a handle to pull inwards while sliding forward helps a lot

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My van was a plumbing van in its previous life and I think the driver used that method, as the sheet metal has a small crease in it near the back edge of the door. Keep this in mind if employing the technique.
I tend to just crack open the passenger door when closing the slider. Another method that works flawlessly every time.
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Most of the chips came from people needing to slam the door to close it, and the door traveling further or bouncing back as a result, causing the door to hit the body.

When my van slider door would get out of adjustment, it seemed that the locknut on the rear edge of the door mechanism would come loose, allowing the door to gradually go out of adjustment. It was plainly visible that the rear edge of the door was actually hitting the front edge of the door opening when I would slowly close the door and observe the path of the door.



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