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I've got a 1997 4-door XLT. I've been noticing lately that the doors rattle and don't completely close w/o quite a bit of effort. On closer examination, 3 of the 4 striker bars do not have the shim that makes for an easier-to-close and rattle-free door. The dealer tells me that the only way to get the shim is to buy a new striker bar at $27 a pop. I don't think so

Do you know where I can buy these shims?

Thanks,

Eric
 

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They're available at NAPA. I believe I paid $3 for 4 of them. That being said, it's likely you need hinge bushings. Every Ford I've ever seen out of this body did. It makes the doors close MUCH easier.
 

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Mine was also missing the plastic/nylon coating/bushing around the strikers. I bought new strikers att he dealership for $10/pop and never looked back.
 

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Advance auto sells them too.

Just go in and look for a door striker in the "HELP" section, itll say its for a Ford vehicle.
 
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