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Old 01-18-2013, 04:42 PM
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I know this is an old post but the same thing just happened to my car. It is a 2008. I have not taken it in yet to see if it's covered.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:38 PM
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:12 PM
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I am having the same problem. First it would be difficult to close my front drivers side door. Now i can't close the door at all! I also have a 2008. I hope there is a recall or warranty for this because shouldn't have to replace a car door on a car that's only 5 yrs old.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:45 AM
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It's a hinge problem, you shouldn't have to replace the door.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:27 PM
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Default Caliber door hinge

I'm on the third time my 2008 Caliber's driver's side door hinge has given out. Don't recall whether I paid for it to be fixed before, but I don't think so. Big ol' pain in the butt, though.

When this happens, the door gets stuck under the quarter panel and bends it and scrapes the paint, too.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:50 PM
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Default Driver Side Door Hinge

I have an 07 Caliber and my driver side door hinge just broke Saturday! The spring actually came out and all. I went to a shop and they said it is the hinge and that something is bent. He thinks the door might also need fixing since it isn't shutting and is off so he recommended me to a body shop. I'm close to 90k so I'm definitely not on warranty anymore. After reading this, i'm worried about how much it's going to cost.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:58 PM
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Exact same thing happened to me. 2008 R/T. I am also at 90k+ miles and I highly doubt it's under warranty. Dealership I called said its an autobody repair and refered me to an autobody shop. Guy there said he would just try and pop it back into place tomorrow for free and so I'm doubting, but hopeful, that we won't have to replace the part. A parts website said it was the "Hinge Assembly, Lower Left Door".

The warning sign seems to be the creaking that everyone is meantioning. I'm hoping I don't have any body damage like the others mentioned, didn't have time to check this morning when I parked.

I know it was posted in 2011, but I tried going to the Dodge site and checking for a recall like a previous poster said, and that feature doesn't exist anymore. Couldn't see what she said was on the front page, also tried searching for "recall" and "caliber" and got no results. The page seems to be completely focused on sales, no service.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:42 PM
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Default Traded it in!

My caliber driver door did the same thing. The spring snapped and the door misaligned and bent the front fender. When the passenger side started the same thing I knew it was time to dump it! Traded it in for a Mazda3. Done with dodge! Good luck everyone!
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:05 AM
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I have an 07 Caliber and my driver side door hinge just broke Saturday! The spring actually came out and all. I went to a shop and they said it is the hinge and that something is bent. He thinks the door might also need fixing since it isn't shutting and is off so he recommended me to a body shop. I'm close to 90k so I'm definitely not on warranty anymore. After reading this, i'm worried about how much it's going to cost.

Update: went to a shop, who recommended an auto body shop. Had my car down there a couple days later and he popped the spring back in, said the door was slightly off and had to fix that since it wasn't closing properly. Only $80. I was expecting much worse, so I'm very pleased. On the other hand, he said all my hinges are going bad, and his repair is a temporary fix and that they need to be greased regularly to help them last longer. I love my car but I'll definitely be looking into getting a new car ASAP.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:19 PM
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Default Happened again!

Well, my passenger door has popped again. This is now the third time for that door. I am wondering if anyone has figured out how to fix this issue themselves. The car is paid off and has 125k miles so not looking to trade in. Will live with the bent fender and missing paint. Any help on fixing it myself would be much appreciated. Don't want to spend the money to have the dealership fix it yet again. I doubt I could get any help from Dodge on the third go around. Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:51 PM
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Man, that sucks. I wonder if it was an issue with them not being lined up perfectly. I will have to look at our 09 to see how they look.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:56 PM
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After reading this thread, I was not encouraged. My driver front door hinge (lower) broke over a year ago. I have been slamming my door shut for that long. Yes the front fender is now bent as well. I have a rear door doing the same thing. I kept my door hinges oiled, had them oiled every time I got my oil changed. So I don't think that the lack of oil was the problem. I think it is a flaw with the caliber hinges. Now, I have to figure out what I'm going to do to fix the issue. My car is a 2008 SXT and I just recently paid it off. There is no warranty for me to utilize.
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:53 AM
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I have been keeping an eye on our 09 SXT, but no signs of trouble yet. I think this is the first that I have heard of a rear door issue. It is about due for a hinge check now that I think about it.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:30 PM
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Default Same thing just happened

I just got home from work and my wife's 08 caliber passenger back door is jambed wide open. I really don't what to do to even get it closed without wrecking it. This is a pretty stupid problem!
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:31 PM
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I have the exact same problem with my 2008 caliber. Both driver and passenger door.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:20 PM
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Ours looked good when I checked and lubed them with silicon spray last week.
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I have the exact same problem with my 2008 caliber. Both driver and passenger door.
cinchr100,

I'm sorry to hear about your door concerns.

How often do the doors get stuck open? Does it ever get stuck prior to being opened all the way?
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I have the exact same problem with my 2008 caliber. Both driver and passenger door.
I too have the same problem with my 2007 SXT. Both driver & passenger door as well. My mechanic said it is the door hinge that can only be ordered through the dealer. He was referring to this part: http://www.factorychryslerparts.com/...5115713AH.html

The driver door has a snapping sound once I open it all the way while the passenger door has the creaking sound which my mechanic said will break down soon enough. How did you fix yours?
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:14 AM
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I know this is an older thread, but the same thing happened to my car this weekend. My dad and brother actually had to take my door off to get it to close. It locked up or froze in the open position. When they took the door off to put it back on they noticed that the bolts that go into the hinges were the issue. the bolts are not in the door straight and there is a crack in the metal about 5 inches around both bolts. To get my door to shut the bottom hinge had to be removed. I am way past warranty age. It started just like everyone else described with the squeaking and popping, then totally froze up, and being out of alignment did some fender rubbing. If the same thing happens to you, have your door looked at where the bolts are that go into the hinges. My dad and brother said it looked like when it was made the bolts were put in way to tight causing the issue.
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