GM Bonneville/Eighty Eight/LeSabre 1986-1999

Doors

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Open the door and support it securely.
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  3. Matchmark the position of the upper and lower hinges on the door.
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  5. On doors equipped with power operated components, proceed as follows.
    1. Remove the door trim panel, insulator pad (if so equipped) and inner panel water deflector.
    2.  
    3. Disconnect the wiring harness from all components in door.
    4.  
    5. Remove rubber conduit from door, then remove wire harness from door through conduit access hole.
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  7. Tape the area around the door pillar and body pillar (below the upper hinge) with cloth backed body tape.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Front door hinge-to-door mounting



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Fig. Fig. 2: View of the rear door hinge attachment


CAUTION
Before performing the following step, cover the door spring with a towel to prevent the spring from flying out and possibly causing personal injury or damaging the car.

  1. Loosen all hinge nuts and bolts.
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  3. Support door with a floor jack, or an assistant, remove the retaining bolts and or nuts. It is best to have someone help hold the door while the bolts are removed.
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  5. Carefully remove the door from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Have an assistant help you position the door to the vehicle, then tighten the door mounting nuts/bolts.
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  3. Check for proper alignment of the door to the body and lock-to-striker adjustment.
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  5. Adjust the door, as necessary, by loosening the door mounted nuts and maneuvering the door to the proper position.
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  7. Install the retaining nuts/bolts and tighten to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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  9. Remove the body tape from the door and body pillars.
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  11. If equipped with power operated components, perform the following:
    1. Route the wiring harness through the conduit access hole.
    2.  
    3. Install the remove rubber conduit on the door.
    4.  
    5. Attach all of the electrical connectors to their respective components.
    6.  
    7. Install the water deflector, insulator pad and trim panel.
    8.  

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  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
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ADJUSTMENT



Striker

See Figures 3, 4 and 5

  1. Loosen the door striker. On some models, the striker itself is turned with a Torx® head tool while others use 2 bolts to retain the striker.
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  3. Tighten the bolts finger-tight, so you can move striker with light force.
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  5. Hold the outside handle and gently push door against body to ensure a proper fit.
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  7. Unlatch and open the door.
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  9. Tighten the striker.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Striker bolt adjustment



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Fig. Fig. 4: Procedure for checking the striker alignment



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Fig. Fig. 5: Checking striker alignment - 2-bolt type striker

  1. Check the alignment, repeat as steps as necessary.
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  3. Touch up the painted area so that unprotected metal doesn't show, in order to avoid rust.
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Door

See Figure 6

Adjust the door fore-aft or up-down as follows with the following procedure.

  1. Loosen nuts and move door to front or rear as necessary.
  2.  
  3. Loosen bolts and move door in, out, up or down as necessary.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Door hinge adjustment


WARNING
Take care not to damage the body or painted surfaces by closing a misaligned door too hard.

  1. Adjust the door hinges until the door and body edges are parallel and the door is flush-to- 1 / 16 inch (1.6mm) out from the fender. It may be necessary to repeat the steps a few times to obtain the best alignment.
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