GM Cutlass RWD 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Doors

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



When removing the door only, it is recommended that the door be removed from the hinges because of easier access to the door side hinge bolts.

  1. Before loosening any hinge bolts, mark the position of the hinge on the door to ease adjustment when reinstalling the door on the hinge.
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  3. On doors equipped with power operated components, disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the trim panel (see the appropriate procedure later in this section) and detach the inner panel water panel water deflector enough to disconnect the wiring harness from the components. Detach the rubber conduit from the door and remove the wiring harness from the door.
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  5. With the aid of a helper and a floor jack, support the door in the open position and remove the upper and lower bolts attaching the door to the outer portions of the hinges. Remove the door.
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To install:
  1. Install the mounting bolts and turn them in until they are nearly ready to clamp the hinge to the door.
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  3. Position the door carefully so that the matchmarks line up.
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  5. Tighten the bolts alternately top and bottom until the door is tightly held in position. Torque the bolts to 15-21 ft. lbs. (20-28 Nm).
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  7. Install and connect all disconnected wiring and battery cable.
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ADJUSTMENT



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

Door adjustments are provided through the use of floating anchor plates in the door and front body hinge pillars.

  1. When checking the door for alignment and prior to making any adjustments, mark the location and remove the door lock striker from the body to allow the door to hang free on its hinges.
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  3. Then close the door so you can observe exactly how it fits into the body.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Adjusting the door hinge position

Front Doors
  1. If the door requires fore and aft or up or down adjustment, loosen the body hinge pillar adjustments. Shift the position of the door with the help of an assistant and a floor jack. Then, tighten the bolts. When the position fore and aft and up and down is correct, torque the bolts to 15-21 ft. lbs. (20-28 Nm). If you have to move the door to the rear, replace the door jamb light switch.
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  3. If the door must be adjusted in or out, loosen the bolts attaching the door at the hinge pillar attachments. Shift the position of the door with the help of an assistant and a floor jack. Then, tighten the bolts. When the position fore and aft is correct, torque the bolts to 15-21 ft. lbs. (20-28 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 2: Marking the location of the door lock striker



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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the door lock striker

Rear Doors
  1. If the door requires in or out or significant up or down adjustment, loosen the door side hinge attaching screws. Shift the position of the door with the help of an assistant and a floor jack. Then, tighten the bolts. When the position in or out and up and down is correct, torque the bolts to 15-21 ft. lbs. (20-28 Nm).
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  3. If the door requires fore or aft or a slight up or down adjustment, loosen the body side, center pillar hinge adjusting bolts. Shift the position of the door with the help of an assistant and a floor jack. Then, tighten the bolts. When the position is correct, torque the bolts to 15-21 ft. lbs. (20-28 Nm). If you have to move the door to the rear, replace the door jamb light switch.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Striker plate and lower lock location

 
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