Driver Side Door Sags, Air Rushing in

Tiny
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  • 2005 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
  • 3.7L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 170,000 MILES
05 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, the top driver side door hinge top nut&bolt are not flush with door. (Causing the door to sag)

When I went to tighten the nut it does not tighten up at all (it will spin and get a little tight, then loosens back up and just spins)

Does the bolt the hinge sits on need to be replaced, or can I put a washer or two behind the nut to see if it tightens up?

Or is one or both stripped? If so, how do I replace just this one bolt&nut; so I am not replacing an entire hinge? As they do not look bent in any way, the top hinge just isn't flush with the door itself (not body of the car).

Thank you.
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 2:03 PM

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Tiny
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Replace the hinge
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 3:38 PM
Tiny
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How would replacing the hinge fix the possible stripped bolt that is in the door itself that the hinge attaches to?

The hinge does not appear to be damaged, as I stated before.

So I was looking for expert advice on how to go about this, as simply replacing the hinge does not fix that bolt. At least none of the kits I've looked at.

If you know where to find it, post it. Thanks
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 3:47 PM
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The hinge is probably worn where it moves on the bolt and if it's stripped then cut it off and get another bolt. Tightening the bolt won't do much except tighten
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 AT 4:49 PM

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