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Old 05-25-2006, 04:09 PM   #1
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Door hinge bolt loose...

The bolt in the middle of the attached picture is slightly loose, allowing the door retainer thingie (I'm sure it has a proper name...) to shift a little.

It's a non-hex bolt... what tool do I need to tighten it? I don't feel like driving 30 miles to the dealer for this.

It actually makes a few loud "CLACK"ing noises when opening and closing the door...

Anyone else had this happen?

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Old 05-25-2006, 04:22 PM   #2
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I don't have my Boxster right now and the photo is a little fuzzy but it looks like the bolt have a Torx head. If nobody chimes in, I'll check it when I get home.
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:44 PM   #3
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bolt close uo

sorry, was my cellphone camera... here's a close-up

BTW, it's a 2005 987
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Old 05-25-2006, 05:16 PM   #4
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Hi,

The door retainer thingie is called the Door Brake . The Bolt is a T-20 Torx Bolt and has a Torque Value of 23NM or 17 ftlbs.. Hope this helps...

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Old 05-25-2006, 05:19 PM   #5
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Got home and checked it out. From your close-up picture, it looks like yours is a Torx head. Just fit checked my door bolt and it's a T40 Torx. Torx bits are available at most hardware store nowadays for not so much money. It helps to have a set of them in case something else comes loose on the Box. Once tightened, I hope it takes care of the clunking sound.

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Hmm. Just saw Jim's post. Double checked driver and passenger side and mine are definitely T40. Might be a 986/987 difference. Better reason to pick up a set of Torx bits!

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Old 05-25-2006, 05:32 PM   #6
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It looks more like a 12 point drive to me..... not a torx. You should be able to buy the tool almost anywhere or better yet just stop by the dealer and ask them to tighten it up for you.
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Got home and checked it out. From your close-up picture, it looks like yours is a Torx head. Just fit checked my door bolt and it's a T40 Torx. Torx bits are available at most hardware store nowadays for not so much money. It helps to have a set of them in case something else comes loose on the Box. Once tightened, I hope it takes care of the clunking sound.

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Hmm. Just saw Jim's post. Double checked driver and passenger side and mine are definitely T40. Might be a 986/987 difference. Better reason to pick up a set of Torx bits!

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Thanks for pointing it out, it is a T40 Torx on the 987, but the Torque Value is the same...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99
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Old 05-25-2006, 05:47 PM   #8
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Thanks!

Thanks!

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Old 05-25-2006, 06:12 PM   #9
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Upon further review, I believe that Sir.Rhosis is correct: 12 point (triple square). Though, I've checked it out with a T40 and a torque bit driver (I didn't even know I had one. I owe you a beer for helping me find it ) 17 ft-lb isn't very much torque and a T40 will do in a pinch. However, perhaps it is more prudent to acquire the right bit for the job.
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:02 PM   #10
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Seen that one before.
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:56 PM   #11
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fixed

Went to the dealer to have it fixed, as I needed to be around there anyway. Noise is gone now as well.

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Old 07-27-2006, 03:40 PM   #12
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Same issue on my Passenger side door. probably stop by autozone to barrow there 12 point screw driver.
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