GM Century/Lumina/Grand Prix/Intrigue 1997-2000

Fenders

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



GM W-body vehicles use a unitized body with a separate sub-frame supporting the engine and transaxle. The inner fender panels and the radiator support are also integral parts of the body. Anti-corrosion materials have been applied to the interior surfaces of some metal panels. When servicing these panels, disturbed areas should be properly re-coated with a service type anti-corrosion material.

The front fenders on W-Body vehicles basically bolt to the body. There are numerous bolts and screws that must be removed, some hidden by trim pieces. There will be some minor variations to these procedures, depending on model, vehicle year and trim level, but fender removal is reasonably straightforward.


NOTE
Fender and door edges should be covered with masking tape for protection against chipping.

Chevrolet
  1. Remove the hood using the procedures found in this information.
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  3. Remove the hood strut from the fender by unsnapping from the upper ball stud. Use a small, flat-bladed tool to lift up on the clip. Do not remove the clip from the strut. Do the same on the lower clip.
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  5. If the fender is being removed for replacement, the hood hinge will need to be removed and transferred to the replacement fender. Note that the hood hinge is bolted and spot welded in one place to the front fender. To remove the hood hinge, use the following procedure.
    1. Remove the bolts from the hinge.
    2.  
    3. Use a center punch to accurately mark the center of the spot weld.
    4.  
    5. Drill out the spot weld using a 3 / 8 inch drill bit.
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    7. Remove the hood hinge from the fender.
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  7. Remove the bolts from the upper part of the fender.
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  9. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  11. Remove the fender liner.
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  13. Remove the rocker panel finish molding from the fender. Use the following procedure:
    1. Remove the sill plate at the lower door opening.
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NOTE
Use care when handling this piece of plastic molding. Note that it may not be necessary to remove the entire molding just for front fender removal. Start at the front of the molding, and remove the screws that go through the fender flange into the front of the molding and from the bottom of the molding up into the fender flange. This may be enough to release the fender. If more of the molding must be loosened, or if accident damage requires removal of the rocker panel finish molding, continue with this procedure.

  1. Remove the molding's screws from the front fender and rear quarter panel
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  3. Loosen the retainers from the bottom of the rocker panel finish molding. Use care these are primarily plastic clips. Do not break off the integral molding clips when removing the molding from the body. Gently unsnap the clips and remove the tabs. Some push/pin retainers may also be used to hold the molding to the body.
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  1. Locate and remove the fascia nuts from the fender.
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  3. Remove the remaining bolts from the lower and rear part of the fender.
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  5. Remove the fender from the vehicle
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To install:

  1. Install the fender to the vehicle and install the upper fender bolts and the screws at the rear of the fender.
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  3. Install the nuts retaining the front of the fender to the front fascia panel.
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  5. Install the rocker panel finish molding to the fender. Push the rear of the molding forward to ensure a flush fit with the quarter panel flange at the rear wheel opening. Align the rocker panel molding tabs and snap into the door slots. Push the front of the molding rearward to ensure a flush fit with the front fender flange at the front wheel opening. Install all hardware removed earlier. Install the sill plate at the bottom of the door opening.
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  7. Install the front fender inner liner, install the tire and wheel assembly and lower the vehicle
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  9. Install the hood hinge to the fender, and tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  11. Install the hood strut by snapping back into place.
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  13. Install the hood using the procedure found in this section.
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Oldsmobile
CUTLASS SUPREME
  1. Remove the hood using the procedures found in this information.
  2.  
  3. If removing the left fender, perform the following:
    1. Remove the left strut tower brace.
    2.  
    3. Remove the windshield washer reservoir.
    4.  
    5. Remove the battery cover.
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  5. Remove the headlamp access panel.
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  7. Remove the turn signal lamp.
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  9. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the tire and wheel assembly and then remove the fender inner liner.
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  11. Remove the vacuum tank if removing the left fender.
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  13. Remove the fasteners from the fender at the front fascia panel.
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  15. The Cutlass Supreme uses a separate piece of rocker panel finish molding that mounts to the lower part of the front fender. It is retained by screws going from the bottom of the molding up into the front fender flange. Remove the fasteners and gently work the molding forward to disengage it from the main piece of the rocker outer finish panel.
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  17. Remove the fasteners from the fender at the headlamp panel.
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  19. Remove the splash shield.
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  21. Remove the nut from the fender support bracket.
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  23. Lower the vehicle enough to work in the engine compartment.
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  25. If removing the right fender, perform the following:
    1. Remove the coolant recovery reservoir.
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    3. Unbolt the electrical convenience center.
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  27. Remove the fasteners from the fender support bracket and the bolts from the upper fender.
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  29. Remove the fender from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Install the fender to the vehicle and install the upper fender bolts as well as the bolts to the fender support bracket.
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  3. If removed earlier install the electrical convenience center and/or the coolant recovery reservoir
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  5. Install the splash shield and the fasteners at the headlamp panel.
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  7. Install the rocker outer finish panel at the bottom rear of the fender.
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  9. Install the vacuum tank, if removed.
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  11. Install the front fender liner and the front tire and wheel assembly.
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  13. Install the turn signal lamp and the headlamp access panel.
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  15. If removed, install the following:
    1. The battery cover.
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    3. The windshield washer reservoir
    4.  
    5. The left strut tower brace.
    6.  

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  17. Install the hood using the procedures found in this information.
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INTRIGUE
  1. Remove the hood using the procedures found in this information.
  2.  
  3. If the fender is being removed for replacement, the hood hinge will need to be removed and transferred to the replacement fender. Note that the hood hinge is bolted and spot welded in one place to the front fender. To remove the hood hinge, use the following procedure.
    1. Remove the hood rear side seal (weather-strip) and the hood assist rod.
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    3. Remove the bolts from the hinge.
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    5. Use a center punch to accurately mark the center of the spot weld.
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    7. Drill out the spot weld using a 3 / 8 inch drill bit.
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  5. Remove the front fender liner.
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Fig. Typical fender fastener locations-1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue shown, others similar

  1. Remove the windshield washer solvent container if removing the right fender.
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  3. Remove the rocker finish molding using the following procedure.
    1. Remove the screws from the front edge of the rocker molding at the fender.
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    3. Remove the push-in retainers from the bottom of the rocker molding from the rocker panel using a suitable door trim pad and garnish clip remover tool.
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    5. Open the doors to access the push-in retainers.
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    7. Remove the push-in retainers from the top inside edge of the rocker molding at the sill area, again using a door trim pad and garnish clip removal tool.
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    9. Remove the rocker molding from the rocker panel.
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  5. Remove the bolts from the fender at the door hinge pillar.
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  7. Remove the bolts from the rocker panel at the bottom of the fender.
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  9. Remove the bolts from the fender at the front of the engine compartment side rail.
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  11. Remove the bolts from the fender at the lower engine compartment side rail.
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  13. Remove the fender from the vehicle.
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  15. Installation is the reverse of the removal process. Tighten the fender bolts as follows:
    1. Tighten the bolts attaching the front fender to the front engine compartment side rail and to the rocker panel to 53 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
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    3. Tighten the bolts attaching the fender to the door hinge pillar to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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    5. Tighten the lower engine compartment bolts to 70 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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Buick and Pontiac
  1. Remove the headlamp on the side where the fender is being removed (Buick only).
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  3. Remove the hood using the procedures in the information.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hood hinge.
  6.  
  7. If the fender is being removed for replacement, the hood hinge will need to be removed and transferred to the replacement fender. Note that the hood hinge is bolted and spot welded in one place to the front fender. To remove the hood hinge, use the following procedure.
    1. Remove the bolts from the hinge.
    2.  
    3. Use a center punch to accurately mark the center of the spot weld.
    4.  
    5. Drill out the spot weld using a 3 / 8 inch drill bit.
    6.  
    7. Remove the hood hinge from the fender.
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  9. Remove the front fender liner.
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  11. Remove the screws retaining the front fender to the front bumper fascia.
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  13. This vehicle uses a separate piece of rocker panel finish molding that mounts to the lower part of the front fender. It is retained by screws at the bottom of the molding. Remove the fasteners and remove it from the fender.
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  15. Remove the bolts from the fender at the door hinge pillar, the rocker panel and engine compartment side rail.
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  17. Remove the fender from the vehicle.
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  19. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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