Someone slowly backed into my door.. do you think the impact bars were affected?

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Someone slowly backed into my door.. do you think the impact bars were affected?

2002 Grand Marquis. Lady was backing up slowly in a parking lot, and hit the door. I know it's tough to tell from photos, but do you think this would have done anything to the impact bars inside the door?

It's my mom's car and she already has a check from insurance. Might just pull them out a little, if there is low chance that the internal bars were significantly affected.

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I doubt there is any meaningful structural damage to the door.
 
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The bars usually run front top to bottom rear so maybe.

Thing is the bar is still there and it's still providing the structure even if it's got a small wow!

And, if you took that to a shop they would fix the sheet metal and most likely not even touch the beam!
 
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Thanks guys!

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Rent suction puller from parts store. Try it.
 
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can always remove door panel and probably pop it out from the inside may want to see a shop see what they think a lot of paint less dent repair places may be able to remove that.
 
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Old 11-09-18, 05:17 PM
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Its a car, a tool, it's going to get dents and dings.

Thats why I always buy used cars, who cares as long as they get you were you need to go!
 
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Looks like the door is just-about dented-but-not-deformed.
I.e. bent, not stretched.

So, slight chance you might pop it out with dry ice and a plunger.

More likely, remove the inner door panel,
dry ice on the outside to cause the metal at the center of the dent to contract,
use folded bath towels between the door a short section of 2x4 that match the dent profile
(e.g. were the dent is deepest, use several folded towels, where it is shallow just use a crumpled towel.

Get another section of 2x4, hold perpendicularly (like hitting a chisel) and smack
-moderately with a large sledge, or hard with a small sledge.
 

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Old 11-12-18, 02:32 AM
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Thanks everyone.

Originally Posted by Hal_S View Post
Looks like the door is just-about dented-but-not-deformed.
I.e. bent, not stretched.

So, slight chance you might pop it out with dry ice and a plunger.

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Get another section of 2x4, hold perpendicularly (like hitting a chisel) and smack
-moderately with a large sledge, or hard with a small sledge.
Great info, thanks!
 
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Old 11-12-18, 05:10 AM
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slight chance you might pop it out with dry ice
So having owned a body shop for a number of years I can attest that the myth of trying to fix a dent using ice of dry ice is a wives tale.

When metal is dented it stretches and no amount of cold is going to shrink it back.

You might get lucky, as I have seen, and it will pop back, but chances are good that a shadow will still be there.

As mentioned, it's a car, it's on the road facing numerious impacts, something eventually will happen, save the $ and just keep it running.
 
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