Unless they were ex-police/taxi/livery, that constitutes the bulk of junkyard Panthers in my area, I never find mint low mile little old lady cars at junkyardsFor just the sleeves, it's my understanding the 1/2" PEX tubing works.
If you want the entire striker assembly, it's my understanding that 05+ Panthers use the same striker assembly on the rear doors. So if you were to find a Grand Marquis or TownCar at the junkyard, you can scavenge strikers from the rear doors. The likelihood of those cars having used and abused rear strikers is low as they are / were typically driven by empty nesters.
Worn hinge pins kill the striker sleeves so they have to be replaced regardless.Replacing just the striker is a waste of time; the hingepins are wasted.
It’s obvious when the hinges are bad or going bad, the most obvious being the door won’t close all the way without slamming it, the visual way to tell is look straight on at the top corner of the door frame and see if it drops any when you slowly open the handle. You can also lift up on the rear bottom of the open door and feel for play, there shouldn’t be any.Just so I can look out for it, besides the obvious of failing striker sleeve and hard to shut doors, how do I know that the hinges are going and will need replaced / repaired?
If mine are still good, what type of lube do I use to keep them lubed up and good? Brake caliper lube? Lithium grease? Something else altogether?