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Re: Door check-strap repair, Espace 3

Hi Olaf.

On the driver's side, on the job I just did, the pins were [originally] already 'pointing down'.

If what you found is common, my guess would be that they don't even bother swapping the orientation of the pin and just invert the same part, for either side of the car.

The design just isn't reliable for long life, as the hole will open up through regular use as the rollers rock back and forth through opening, and it is the knurling that holds the pin in place, not the washer. So if the pin was dropping out, that's just showing that the holes have already opened up.

The design is good enough for the warranty period!.... anything more is 'over-engineering'!

I'm a simple engineer - give me a nut and bolt, over an interference fit and a star washer.....

PS - the check strap on the rear ns door is making clicking noises on mine too, so I'll guess I'll have to do all 4 doors at some stage!
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