Door bolts loosening

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So after a couple of weeks of driving, I noticed that the top bolts tend to shake themselves loose. Passenger door started making the clicking noise last week and found the top bolt pretty loose so tightened it up (bottom bolt was fine). This week the driver door started clicking and was once again a loose top bolt with the bottom one being fine.

This is my first "doors optional" vehicle so wasn't sure if this was a common issue or not. I guess it shouldn't be surprising since the bolt goes in upside down and gravity is a thing.
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Have you taken the doors off yet? The first time I took of my doors and put them back on again I snugged the bolts and did not tighten them. After a few days, the drivers side came loose and made a popping noise when opening and closing. I went back and tightened all the door bolts and have not had any problems since (going on several weeks now).
 

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Curious if there is a torque spec for the door bolts. Anyone know?
 
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I picked it up from the dealer with the doors off, but I put them back on and tightened the bolts down. This is the first time I've retightened them so will wait and see if they walk on me again.
 

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I just had a bolt loosen and fall off while driving. Heard it hit off the running board. Thought it was loose change until I opened the rear door and it made the clicking noise. Noticed the top bolt had fallen out. Front doors haven't been on in a few weeks so I took one of those bolts and used it on the back door but now need to go find a new flange bolt at Home Depot.
 

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Anyone find a fix for this?
 

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Locktite, threadlocker? any reason not to use it?
I imagine you would never need to remove the bolts? or are we talking about the bolt that is used to remove the door from hinge or the bolt from hinge to body? I dont have my bronco yet so don't know exactly how this works.
 

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Orange threadlock for removable bolts.??
Made to keep bolts from backing off but not a true thread lock lock.
 

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Concerning that they're loosening, but credit to Ford for engineering the early warning click that it's loose, or you didn't tighten it enough in the first place.
 
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Since I really cranked them down they haven't re-loosened so there must be some minimum torque spec. We will see how they hold up now that colder weather is here.

EDIT: just saw the above post on the spec.
 
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