GM Cutlass RWD 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Fenders

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Fenders are adjustable with shims. To add or remove shims, loosen the bolts at the shim locations and carefully apply force with a prybar to provide clearance for adding or removing shims.

Tape fender and door edges with masking tape to prevent damage during replacement.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1970-76 Cutlass
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable then the positive cable.
  2.  
  3. Tape the fender and the door edge.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the side marker lamp wires.
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  7. Remove the tie bar to front end panel seal.
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  9. Disconnect the headlamp wires.
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  11. Remove the tie bar to fender brace.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cowl to fender brace.
  14.  
  15. Remove the dash to fender top bolt.
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  17. Remove the hood hinge from the fender and block the hood.
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  19. Remove the fender to support bolts.
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  21. Remove the fender to cowl bolts.
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  23. Remove the fender and filler plate.
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  25. Remove the fender from the filler plate.
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To install:
  1. Install the filler plate and fender.
  2.  
  3. Fasten the fender to cowl bolts.
  4.  
  5. Install the fender to support bolts and fasten the hood hinge to the fender.
  6.  
  7. Fasten the dash to fender top bolt and install the cowl to fender brace.
  8.  
  9. Install the tie bar to fender brace bolts and connect the headlamp wires.
  10.  
  11. Install the tie bar to front end panel seal fasteners and connect the side marker lamp wires.
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  13. Remove the tape from the fender and door edges and connect the battery cables.
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1977-87 Cutlass
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the hood and hood hinges.
  4.  
  5. Remove the fender bolt from the battery ground strap, if applicable.
  6.  
  7. Remove the battery and battery tray if they are located on the side to be replaced.
  8.  
  9. Remove any components mounted on the wheel housing/fender assembly on the side to be replaced.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cowl to fender bolts and shims. Note the position and number of shims used.
  12.  
  13. Remove the body to fender bolts.
  14.  
  15. Remove the fender extension bolts.
  16.  
  17. Remove the bolt from the frame brace to fender, if equipped.
  18.  
  19. Remove the bumper filler attaching bolts.
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  21. Remove the wheel housing to radiator support bolts.
  22.  
  23. Remove the front end panel to fender bolts.
  24.  
  25. Disconnect the side marker lamp electrical connections.
  26.  
  27. Remove the front fender and wheel housing with the aid of a helper.
  28.  

To install:
  1. With the aid of a helper install the wheel housing and front fender.
  2.  
  3. Connect the side marker lamps and the front end panel to fender bolts.
  4.  
  5. Fasten the wheelhousing to radiator support bolts.
  6.  
  7. Fasten the bumper to filler attaching bolts and install the bolt from frame brace to fender, if equipped.
  8.  
  9. Fasten the fender extension bolts and the body to fender bolts.
  10.  
  11. Install the cowl to fender bolts and shims being careful to install the shims in there proper location.
  12.  
  13. Install any components removed from the wheel housing.
  14.  
  15. Install the battery and battery tray if removed and fasten the fender bolt from the battery ground strap.
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  17. Install the hood and fasten the hood hinges, connect the battery cables.
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