When the doors of your car squeak as they are opened or closed, the sound that is produced is usually unpleasant to the ears. This can annoy not just you but also your passengers. Typically, getting rid of such squeaking sound is not so hard, as you just need to lubricate your doors. This article can help guide through the lubricating process, helping ensure you won't hear those annoying sounds once again.
Step 1: Clean the door hinges and the detent rod. You would need a brake cleaner, a low set pan (or cardboard) and rags for this.
First, open the door and find the location of the door hinges and the detent rod. Visually check for grease buildup. If grease has built up on the door hinges or detent rod, use a rag to clean the excess.
Then, place low set pan on the ground, just under the door jamb where the door hinges are located. Before spraying, open all the doors of your car for proper ventilation.
Next, spray the brake cleaner onto door hinges and detent rod. It should cut through the remaining film grease as well as allow the new lubricant to bond and flow into the hinges. The low set pan will catch the excess brake cleaner that will run down onto the ground.
Step 2: Spray the door hinges and detent rod with lubricant. You would need a spray silicone lubricant to do this. Many spray lubricants have a strong smell. But if you don’t want such smell to enter the cabin of your car, choose a spray lubricant that doesn’t have a strong smell. But if your spray lubricant does have a strong, just make sure that all the doors are opened for ventilation.
First, spray the silicone spray lubricant liberally on the door hinges and the detent rod. Ensure that the hinge pin that rotates in the middle of the hinge is also sprayed with lubricant.
Next, try opening and closing the door whose hinges and detent rods have been sprayed. This will allow the lubricant to work its way into hinge pin.
Then, wipe the excess lubricant away from the door hinge and detent rod with a rag.
Repeat all aforementioned steps until all hinges and detent rods in your car (doors, hatches, bonnet and trunks) are sprayed.
Step 3: Clear the smell of spray lubricant out of your car. After spraying, the smell of the lubricant may remain. To get rid of this smell, leave the doors open until the odor is removed. You can also use compressed air from an air compressor to blow the smell away or drive the car with the windows down. You can also use automotive air freshener to drown the smell of the lubricant.