Originally Posted by Phil57
Rich what you call a bushing I'm calling a spring. You are most likely more correct in your description. There is a slot that will expand in that " bushing " if you use a flathead screwdriver. Very carefully twist it to expand. It is best to use a very undersized flathead. It also may break so do it st a risk. Did the techs replace the bushing or the entire mechanism? I didn't see a way to replace just the bushing. What some have suggested doing is to remove the mechanism and hit the area of the bushing with a hammer causing the bushing to expand. I have not tried that yet.
Phil & Rich
I learned a hard lesson trying to expand the bushing
; it broke in a couple pieces. The bushing is tempered and any tempered material has limited stretching or compression ability. I also learned that the bushing is riveted to the vertical post and is weaker at that point. You cannot see the rivet without taking the bracket down.
I broke mine a couple years ago and got a new bracket. It was good from the start, but it doesn't last. The U-shaped opening in the bracket that the bushing slips into, should be slightly narrower at the opening. This necked-down opening is what keeps the door open. I found that the "U" wears and looses the narrower opening. I was able to close the opening very slightly with a portable vise. It helped immensely. I guess if the bracket is taken off, the "U" can be narrowed with a hammer (but I would still use a vise).
The door retainer is a poor design and a bad choice by FR.