Door stop - check strap removal and refitting

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The opening of the doors are restricted by the 'door stop' or 'door check strap' citroen part 9181 H1 (9181.H1) or 9181 J5 (9181.J5). The strap can break or the rollers can become seized. The snapped strap is quite obvious to see but the seized rollers make more noise when opening and closing the door along with greater force required to open or close the door.

If your Citroen C3 door makes a terrible noise while opening or closing, this topic may have your solution.

You can find the check straps (brand new) on eBay when you click here. If you don't change the straps when they become seized, tight or snapped there is more chance the door or hinges will become damaged.

To remove the check strap from the car you will need to remove the door panel or door card, the instructions can be found C3 Door card removal instructions here.

The front and rear panel removal instructions are very similar, the front has two extra small torx screws on the latch side of the door so you can follow the same instructions for both front and rear without much trouble.

To remove the door stop/check strap assembly, open the door to reveal the strap fixing torx bolt and the two hex head nuts fixing the unit to the door.
CitroenC3 'door stop' or check strap 9181
CitroenC3 'door stop' or check strap 9181

Use a short arm socket to remove the 2 hex nuts,
use a short socket extension to remove the two hex head nuts
use a short socket extension to remove the two hex head nuts
The 2 nuts removed:
the 2 hex nuts removed from the door
the 2 hex nuts removed from the door

Take the weight of the door if the car is parked pointing down hill, before removing the body strap fixing torx (T40 Torx is available from Amazon by clicking here).
remove the T40 Torx while taking the weight of the door
remove the T40 Torx while taking the weight of the door
With the door panel already removed (instructions here) make a small hole in the moisture guard and reach in a withdraw the check strap assembly. Its quite fiddly to refit the new check strap via the hole in the white moisture barrier but using the other hand to reach in through the now vacant hole in the door shut can help to guide the strap into position. The two hex nuts can be fitted while holding the assembly in place.

Take the weight of the door and align the holes to refit the torx bolt.
align the holes to refit the check strap
align the holes to refit the check strap
Stick some gaffa or duck tape (click here) over the cut in the moisture guard to keep the moisture barrier complete and then reassemble the door card to the door and test the door by opening and closing - its a job well done :)
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This door check strap was removed because one of the rollers had seized making the door louder to close. Squirting plenty of penetrating fluid with lots of opening and closing didn't improve things.

The strap was removed from the roller/spring assembly to release the spring pressure on the rollers to allow them to be freed by hand.
release spring tension with a lever to extract the arm.
release spring tension with a lever to extract the arm.
The rollers turned ok, but were cleaned and re-lubricated with White Lithium Grease and the are refitted to the assembly in two steps.

Step1
check strap reassembly step 1
check strap reassembly step 1
and Step2 (twist)
step 2 is to twist the arm
step 2 is to twist the arm
The rollers didn't work so well when the unit was refitted, so I will be looking for a new one here on eBay before long ;)
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