Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Doors

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ADJUSTMENT



Loosen the hinge-to-door bolts for lateral adjustment only. Loosen the hinge-to-body bolts for both lateral and vertical adjustment.



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Fig. Fig. 1 You will need a Torx socket to adjust the door striker

  1. Determine which hinge bolts are to be loosened and back them out just enough to allow movement.
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  3. To move the door safely, use a padded prybar. When the door is in the proper position, tighten the bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm) and check the door operation. There should be no binding or interference when the door is closed and opened.
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  5. Door closing adjustment can also be affected by the position of the lock striker plate. Loosen the striker plate bolts and move the striker plate just enough to permit proper closing and locking of the door.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 2 View of the front door hinge mounting



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Fig. Fig. 3 View of the rear door (4-door models) hinge mounting

  1. Matchmark the hinge-to-body and hinge-to-door locations. Support the door either on jackstands or have somebody hold it for you.
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  3. Remove the lower hinge-to-door bolts.
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  5. Remove the upper hinge-to-door bolts and lift the door off the hinges.
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  7. If the hinges are being replaced, remove them from the door pillar.
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To install:

  1. Install the door and hinges with the bolts finger-tight.
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  3. Adjust the door and tighten the hinge bolts to 24 ft. Lbs. (32 Nm ).
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