How to fix a sliding door that won’t close properly

Do you need help with the sliding door on your van conversion or motorhome? If so, you’re not alone. Over time, dirt and debris can cause these doors to become sticky and difficult to open and close properly. Fortunately, this is a relatively easy problem to fix. This article will provide step-by-step instructions for cleaning and lubricating your van door to move smoothly.

First, you’ll need to gather your materials. You’ll need a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment, some rags or towels, and a soft-bristled brush for scrubbing the door. You’ll also need a lubricant such as silicone spray or WD-40.

Next, start by vacuuming the door to remove any dirt and debris that may be stuck in the tracks. Use the soft-bristled brush to get into crevices or hard-to-reach places. Once you’ve finished vacuuming, use a damp rag or towel to wipe down the door.

Now it’s time to lubricate your van door so that it moves smoothly again. Spray a small amount of silicone spray onto a rag and use this to apply it evenly along the track where the door slides. Alternatively, you can use WD-40 for this step as well.

Finally, open and close the sliding door several times to ensure it moves smoothly. If not, repeat the cleaning and lubrication process until the door moves freely.

If you’re still struggling to close it properly, sometimes cracking one of your front windows can do the trick. This is because air can compress in your van as you close the door, which can stop it from shutting correctly. The open window will prevent this air compression. 

With these simple steps, you can clean and lubricate your van door to keep it running smoothly for years. Regular maintenance of your van conversion or motorhome will help you get the most out of your investment. Happy travels!


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