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Megane door catch resists closing


I was having trouble closing the door on my X plate megane cabriolet. I managed to wittle it down to the little arm that stops the door swinging freely open when the door is open. The main part of the arm is inside the door - this is the part I think is faulty. Anyway, I unscrewed the bolt that was holding the arm onto the pillar of the car and as I removed the bolt something fell down into the pillar. From what I can tell I think it must have been the nut for the bolt I had just removed.

The problem I have now is that the pillar seems to be sealed with no obvious ways of getting the nut out. Even if I could get the nut out I can't see how you could put it back whilst screwing the bolt back on. Someone has mentioned that it might have been a welded nut on the pillar and that I am now screwed! Anyone know if this is true?

The orignal problem was the door resisting closing - do the little arms wear out or can you adjust them?

Thanks for any adviec you can give,

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Hi John.

I can't see it being a 'welded' nut (it wasn't very well secured if it was), but it does sound like a fastening of some description.

Door check straps fail fairly often (especially during high winds), so they are intended to be replaced.

I'm not sure how you will gain access for your specific car, but I would reckon on either through the wheelarch, or removal of the trim in the footwell.

More than likely there will be torx fittings involved to allow access, and if you need to go via the wheelarch - you will find it easier to remove the wheel to allow the removal of the liner.

Having a magnetic screwdriver will also be handy if the nut has fallen into a hard to reach position.

Hope my ramblings help you in some way.


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