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I've always sort of passively thought my '08 V70's doors, especially the driver's, seemed a little bit loose and rattly when opening them compared to my P2 with similar mileage. I actually took a second to inspect it tonight, and noticed that the bolt where the door stay (seems like a hinge, but actually limits travel of the hinges) connects to the body was visibly moving. I grabbed a T40 torx and got 1/2 to 3/4 of a turn on it! Checked all the other doors' hinge bolts, and they all had 1/8 - 1/4 of a turn in them. I didn't torque to a specific value, just snug, but the driver's door is noticeably quieter now throughout its range of motion! Five minutes well spent, and hopefully also limited further accelerated wear of the stay mount. (These get worn out on some cars, like my old 993, and are really involved to fix.)
 

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That’s an interesting thing to look for. Any chance you can take a phone pic pointing at the bolts in question?
 

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Yeah they loosen up sometimes. Not a big deal. I tighten them for customers when I notice one clicking.
 

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Yeah they loosen up sometimes. Not a big deal. I tighten them for customers when I notice one clicking.
I will have to look into that further.

Sorry to threadjack but on a somewhat related note while we have your ear: How often do you lubricate door hinge mechanisms and what kind of lubricant do you recommend using for that, Tech? Mine are a little dry and creaky at this point, with 82k miles on a 2011 S60. I’m not sure when the last time they were lubricated during a service, if ever.
 

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I lube them with services using a Wurth product called HHS-K. You can also use white lithium grease or even spray silicone.
 

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Christmas gift from my wife a couple years ago. :)

I've had good luck with Tekton on the cheaper end. That's my only Snap-On.
 

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< refuses to be raped by the Snap-on man! I've looked, laughed and walked out!
 

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If I ever get down to SC again with a car rather than flying (10+ hour drives suck), my Dad has tens of thousands of dollars on snap on tools he says he wants to give me. He's 85 and doesn't use them anymore.
Ah. Thank you, that’s very helpful. Also highly jealous of your Snap-On ratchet. I have **** ratchets and they constantly hinder basic repairs with their ****tiness.
Thanks for this!
 

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Christmas gift from my wife a couple years ago. <img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

I've had good luck with Tekton on the cheaper end. That's my only Snap-On.
Sounds like she’s a keeper! Hadn’t heard about Tekton but I gave them a look on amazon and their stuff seems very reasonably priced. Have you tried their ratchets, and if so, do they have a nice feel to their action? Small positive detents, etc.?
 
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