REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Two people are needed to remove and install the doors.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Unfasten the necessary wiring connectors.
- With an assistant supporting the door, remove the hinge retaining bolts and remove the door.
If you are using a jack or similar tool to support the door, be careful not to damage the paint.
- If the door is to be replaced, transfer the following components to the new door if in usable condition: trim panel, watershield, outside mouldings, clips, window regulators and door latch components.
- With an assistant positioning the door, install and partially tighten the hinge bolts.
- Align the door and tighten the bolts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (25-35 Nm).
- Fasten the necessary wiring connectors and connect the negative battery cable.
See Figure 1
The door hinges provide sufficient adjustment to correct most door misalignment conditions. The holes of the hinge and/or the hinge attaching points are enlarged or elongated to provide for hinge and door alignment.
Do not cover up a poor door alignment with a latch striker adjustment.
- Refer to the figure to determine which hinge bolts must be loosened to move the door in the desired direction.
- Loosen the hinge bolts just enough to permit movement of the door with a padded prytool.
- Move the door the estimated necessary distance, then tighten the hinge bolts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (25-35 Nm). Check the door fit to make sure there is no binding or interference with the adjacent panel.
- Repeat the operation until the desired fit is obtained. Check the striker plate alignment for proper door closing.
See Figures 2 and 3
The latch striker should be shimmed to get the clearance between the striker and the latch. To check this clearance, clean the latch jaws and the striker area. Apply a thin layer of dark grease to the striker. As the door is opened and closed, a measurable pattern will result on the latch striker. Use a maximum of 2 shims on any vehicle, placed under the striker. Use Torx® drive bit set D79P-2100-T or equivalent, to loosen and tighten the latch striker to 25-32 ft. lbs. (35-45 Nm).