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I was adjusting my sliding doors today because the strikers weren't hitting the latch in the center and were binding a little bit. I had to adjust both doors so they sit higher. Found the procedure described on AutoZone website quite useful. I will just copy it here for future reference.

To avoid damaging the body paint, apply several layers of masking tape to the body around the rear end of the upper roller channel and the forward edge of the quarter panel.


Removal:

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Open the door.
3. Apply masking tape to the door jamb area.





4. Remove the screw holding the upper roller arm stop bumper to upper roller arm.
5. Remove the stop bumper from the upper roller arm.
6. Remove the center stop bumper trim cover from the sliding door.
7. Remove the center stop from the sliding door.
8. Remove the sliding door sill plate.





9. Remove the hold open latch striker.
10. Open the quarter glass.
11. Remove the center roller channel end cover.
12. Support the sliding door on a suitable lifting device with a padded upper surface. The door must be moveable with the lifting device in position.
13. Roll the door rearward until the lower rollers disengage from the lower channel.




14. Roll the door rearward until the upper and center hinge rollers disengage from the upper and center channels.
15. Remove the sliding door from the vehicle.


To install:

16. Place the sliding door in position on a lifting device.
17. Position the door rearward of the sliding door opening.
18. Engage the center hinge rollers into the center channels.
19. Roll door forward until lower rollers engage into rear of lower channel.
20. Engage the upper hinge into the upper channels.
21. Install the hold open latch striker.
22. Install the sliding door sill plate.
23. Install the center roller channel end cover.
24. Install the center stop on the sliding door.
25. Install the center stop bumper trim cover on the sliding door.
26. Place the upper roller stop bumper in position on the upper roller arm.
27. Install screw to secure the upper roller arm stop bumper to upper roller arm.
28. Remove masking tape from body surfaces.
29. Verify sliding door operation and fit. Adjust if necessary.



ADJUSTMENT

Preliminary checks


1. Close the sliding door, visually inspecting the C-post striker alignment entry into latch. The striker at this point must not affect alignment.
2. On vehicles equipped with a left side sliding door, inspect the fuel door blocker striker entry into latch. The striker at this point must not affect alignment.
3. Inspect the C-post and B-post for door-to-aperture gaps and door-to-door gaps. All gaps should measure 0.160-0.240 inch (4-6mm).
4. Inspect the door for height using character lines as a reference, as well as the roof contour as a controlling factor.


up/down adjustment

1. Visually inspect the sliding door for fitting low at the rear of the door by checking the alignment of the belt line of the door to quarter panel.
2. Fully open the sliding door.
3. Check to be sure that all of the center hinge bolts are tight.



4. Adjust the rear of the sliding door up by rotating the center hinge bolts clockwise.
5. Close the door and inspect the alignment.
6. Re-adjust the center hinge if necessary to obtain alignment between the belt line of the sliding door and quarter panel.
7. Fully open the sliding door and install a locknut to the center hinge bolt. Tighten the locknut until it butts up against the welded nut on the center hinge. Tighten the nut to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm). It may be necessary to use a backup wrench to hold the center hinge bolt to prevent it from turning while tightening the nut.
8. Verify door alignment and re-adjust if necessary.


Fore/Aft Adjustment

1. Inspect the height of the sliding door at the B-post and C-post to determine which area is contributing the greatest to the incorrect gaps.
2. If the sliding door is high at the C-post;
1. Open the sliding door to mid-point of travel.
2. Matchmark outline of center hinge on the sliding door to assist in making adjustments.
3. Loosen the center hinge bolts.
4. Move hinge fore or aft to position the sliding door into the correct location.
5. Tighten the center hinge bolts.
6. Verify door alignment and re-adjust if necessary.
3. If the sliding door is low at the B-post;



1. Remove access plug in the sliding door trim panel.
2. Open the sliding door to mid-point of travel.
3. Matchmark outline of the lower roller arm bracket on the sliding door to assist in making adjustments.
4. Loosen the lower roller arm bracket bolts.
5. Move the hinge downward to raise the door.
6. Tighten the lower roller arm bracket bolts.
7. Verify door alignment and re-adjust if necessary.

4. If the sliding door is low at the C-post;
1. Open the sliding door to mid-point of travel.
2. Matchmark outline of center hinge on the sliding door to assist in making adjustments.
3. Rotate the adjustment bolt up or down to move the door position.
4. Move the hinge downward to raise the door.
5. Tighten the center hinge bolts.
6. Verify door alignment and re-adjust if necessary.
5. If the sliding door is high at the B-post;
1. Remove access plug in the sliding door trim panel.
2. Open the sliding door to mid-point of travel.
3. Matchmark outline of lower roller arm bracket on the sliding door to assist in making adjustments.
4. Loosen the lower roller arm bracket bolts.
5. Move the hinge upward to raise the door.
6. Tighten the lower roller arm bracket bolts.
7. Verify door alignment and re-adjust if necessary.


Seal Compression

Adjusting seal compression at the B-post can affect door flushness at the C-post.

1. Inspect the seal compression at top and bottom of B-post seal.
2. Adjust the seal compression at the top of the B-post seal as follows:
1. Open the sliding door to mid-point of travel.
2. Matchmark the outline of the upper roller arm on the bracket to assist in making adjustments.
3. Loosen bolts securing the upper roller arm to the bracket.
4. To increase seal compression, shorten the length of the upper roller arm.
5. To decrease seal compression, increase the length of the upper roller arm.
6. Tighten all of the upper roller arm bolts.
7. Verify door alignment and re-adjust if necessary.
3. Adjust the seal compression at the bottom of the B-post seal as follows:
1. Open the sliding door to mid-point of travel.
2. Matchmark the outline of the lower roller arm on the lower roller arm bracket to assist in making adjustments.
3. Loosen bolts securing the lower roller arm to the lower roller arm bracket.
4. To decrease seal compression, pivot the lower roller arm toward the center of the vehicle.
5. To increase seal compression, pivot the lower roller arm outward.
6. Tighten all of the lower roller arm bolts.
7. Verify door alignment and re-adjust if necessary.


Stabilizer Adjustment

1. Open sliding door.
2. Loosen the bolts securing the stabilizers to the sliding door enough that the stabilizers can move with some effort.
3. Close and then reopen the sliding door.
4. Tighten all bolts.
 

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Keep the door supported on a floor jack in the middle, with a piece of wood taped to the saddle (unless you have a proper padded attachment). This makes it easy to adjust the height. For extra safety, slit a piece of garden hose lengthwise and slide over the bottom edge of the door.
Some patience (apparently more than they had on the assembly line) might be required as some of the adjustments would affect the other ones.
In the end, you may also need to adjust the striker plate on the door jamb. The Torx heads are T45, if memory serves.
 

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Great post! And for the record, make sure the striker and latch assemblies are tight to begin with. I fought with a jammed left sliding door on our '00 for longer than I care to admit, and when I finally got it open, the latch and striker were loose.

Nothing beats keeping the rollers and latches lubed, either. Thanks.
 
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