[T3] Door check straps

Daniel Nohejl d.nohejl at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 10:46:06 PDT 2016

So it seems like multiple things could fail, from the rubber to parts of the straps themselves. I have a source for just the rubber (NOS) and I’m willing to experiment with seeing if replacing that works. I’m not expecting miracles, but since the driver’s door check still functions perfectly and the passenger one used to, I imagine there must be something that can be done. 


> On Aug 10, 2016, at 12:50 PM, Jim Adney <jadney at VWType3.org> wrote:
> On 10 Aug 2016 at 17:04, Dave Hall wrote:
>> Does the metal part wear out as well?  I don't recall ever having a problem,
>> though maybe the check function is less effective - I'm not sure how often I
>> open it as far as the check point.
> I have a couple where the metal strap is broken, and others where the 
> friction portion, the part that's supposed to keep the door open, is 
> bent and coming apart. There are 2 spring loaded brass slides in 
> there that are supposed to do this function, but they never worked 
> all that well. A little grease on the strap will keep the wear down, 
> but that will also keep the friction part from working well.
> I think I complained about the door check straps on my '68 within a 
> year of buying it new. They were never very effective at keeping the 
> door open, but they are essential if you want to keep your door and 
> fender from kissing one another and denting.
> I see that I can buy 1" dia O-ring cord. I'll have to see if I could 
> cut it into short lengths and mill a slot into it.
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