Food truck vendors who purchased older vehicles consistently run into issues with their trucks. Some builders have kept the typical sliding doors in place. If that’s the case for your truck, this article won’t be any help. If your builder installed swing doors, you may need to replace a truck door hinge pin if a door on your food truck is damaged, worn and sagging. Save yourself a few bucks and trouble of replacing the entire hinge by replacing just the door hinge pin.
4 Steps To Replacing A Food Truck Door Hinge Pin
Purchase Replacement Pins
An online truck dealer may carry replacement pins for the specific model truck you own, but their kits may be expensive. Look to auto parts stores and online for additional options.
There are many variations in sizes of hinge pins. Be sure to find one that fits the exact model and year of your food truck. Kits will vary in price, but most will cost approximately $25 to $50.
Remove Lower Hinge Pins
Unless you have an engine hoist to hold the door in place or 2 other people helping you, you must change the hinge pins one at a time. Have another person or a support that will fit under the door as you work.
Use a pin removal tool or a nail punch kit to remove the old pins.
It will be necessary to allow the door to hang slightly out of alignment in order to get enough give to remove the pins. Note that the bushings come in two parts (upper and lower).
Install New Lower Door Hinge Pins
Put the top pin into the hinge. During this process, it’s much easier to have someone helping you with the door rather than having a support to hold the door. Why? It will require constant adjusting to get the bushing to seat properly.
Then install the lower pin into the upper pin, moving and adjusting the door as you go to allow the pins to slide in somewhat freely. With most doors, this process does not go smoothly. The fit is tight, and it will likely require some force to complete the installation.
If you use a tool to hammer the pins, cover them with a protective cloth and tap gently. The bushings are prone to breakage.
Repeat Process For Upper Door Hinge Pins
Once the lower door hinge pin is complete, repeat the removal and replacement process for the upper door hinge pin.
Please Note: Be sure to have the door supported during the removal, and preferably by a person during the installation of the new pins so the door can be adjusted to ease the installation.
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