Door Lock Striker
See Figures 1 and 2
The door lock striker consists of a single metal bolt and washer assembly which threads into a tapped, floating cage plate located in the body lock pillar. With this design, the door is secured in the closed position when the door lock ford-bolt snaps over and engages the striker bolt.
- To adjust the striker up or down, or in or out, loosen the striker bolt then shift the striker as necessary, then tighten the bolt.
To figure out if the striker fore or aft adjustment is necessary, perform the following:
- Make sure the door is properly aligned.
- Apply modeling clay or body caulking compound to the lock bolt opening.
- Close the door only as far as necessary for the striker bolt to form an impression. Do not close the door all of the way, because that will make removing the clay very difficult.
Measure the striker impression as follows: The striker head should be centered fore and aft as shown in the accompanying figure; but, some tolerances are allowed. In this alignment, it is important that the minimum dimensions in the accompanying figure be strictly maintained. The following spacers are available as service parts and can be used individually, or in combination, to achieve the specified alignment:
5 / 64 in. spacer
If your check indicated a need for spacers, proceed with the following:
- Use a pencil to matchmark the position of the striker on the body lock pillar.
- Insert a suitable wrench into the head of the striker bolt, then remove the striker.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Make sure the striker is placed within the pencil mark. Whenever a door has been removed and reinstalled or realigned, the door should not be closed completely until a visual check is made to determine if the lock fork-bolt is properly engaging with the striker.
See Figure 3
To adjust the door assembly, you must remove the fender for access to the door hinge.
Remove the front fender as follows:
- Raise the hood.
- Remove the bolts attaching the lower wheelhouse to the front fender. If you turn the wheels to the right, you will have better access to the lower bolts.
- Remove the upper fender bolt and shim.
- Remove the lower front rocker panel-to-frame side rail.
- Reposition the rocker panel to access the lower fender bolt, then loosen the lower fender bolt.
- Remove the front fender and lower shim from the vehicle.
- Loosen the hinge-to-pillar bolts and hinge-to-door.
- Adjust the door and check for a proper fit, then tighten the hinge-to-pillar bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
Install the fender as follows:
- Position the fender to the vehicle on the loosely installed lower mounting bolt.
- Loosely install the upper fender mounting bolt to the bracket.
- Adjust the fender-to-door opening and the fender-to-hood opening with shims, as necessary.
- Tighten the fender upper and lower mounting bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm) and the wheelhouse-to-fender bolts to 51 inch lbs. (5.75 Nm).
- Reposition the rocker panel, then install the bolt to the side rail. Tighten the wheelhouse-to-side rail bolts to 84 inch lbs. (9.5 Nm).
- Lower the hood.