Well, I parked my vehicle on Third Street around 4 p.m., opened the door, and the wind ripped the door right off.
O.K., the door wasn’t literally ripped off so that it tumbled down the street, but it bent all the way backward. Instead of stopping at the usual 70-degree angle, it opened all the way up to a nearly 180-degree angle.
I didn’t take a photo at the time, because my first instinct was to quickly pull the door back and close it. Once it closed, I considered that a major victory and left it that way. Here’s what the damage looks like today:
Now the door won’t open to more than maybe a 20-degree angle because of the bent panel. It seems to still be on its hinges, but the plastic thing that covers the wiring is ripped apart, and there’s probably something else in there I’ll find broken if I decide to force the door past 20-degrees and take a look.
This will be a fun one to explain to the insurance company. As a companion to the previous post about finding a good Duluth mechanic, does anyone know who might specialize in this type of repair? I suppose I could start with the infamous ear worm, huh?