GM Full-Size Trucks 1988-1998 Repair Information

Front Fenders

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1988-91 R/V Series

See Figure 1

  1. Remove the hood.
  2.  
  3. Remove the headlamp bezel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the headlamp.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Location of the front fender mounting bolts and adjustment shims-R/V Series

  1. Remove the grille molding nuts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper and lower molding clip nuts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the grille molding.
  6.  
  7. Remove the lower radiator grille-to-fender bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cowl vent grille.
  10.  
  11. Remove hood spring assemblies.
  12.  
  13. Remove the fender-to-radiator support bolts.
  14.  
  15. Remove the wheelwell panel-to-splash shield bolts.
  16.  
  17. Carefully pry out the splash shield retainers and remove the shields.
  18.  
  19. Remove the wheelwell panel-to-fender bolts.
  20.  
  21. Remove the lower door pillar-to-fender bolt and any shims.
  22.  
  23. Open the door and remove the fender-to-cowl bolt and any shims.
  24.  
  25. Remove the upper fender-to-door pillar bolt and any shims.
  26.  
  27. Lift the fender from the truck.
  28.  

To install:
  1. Position the fender on the truck.
  2.  
  3. Install the upper fender-to-door pillar bolt and any shims. Make the bolt finger tight for now.
  4.  
  5. Install the fender-to-cowl bolt and any shims. Make the bolt finger-tight for now.
  6.  
  7. Install the lower door pillar-to-fender bolt and any shims. Make the bolt finger-tight for now.
  8.  
  9. Install the fender-to-radiator support bolts. Tighten the bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the wheelwell panel-to-fender bolts. Tighten the bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Tighten the lower door pillar-to-fender bolt to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the splash shield. Tighten the wheelwell panel-to-splash shield bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Tighten the fender-to-cowl bolt and upper fender-to-door pillar bolt to 31 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Install hood spring assemblies. Tighten the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the cowl vent grille.
  22.  
  23. Install the lower radiator grille-to-fender bolts.
  24.  
  25. Install the grille molding.
  26.  
  27. Install the upper and lower molding clip nuts.
  28.  
  29. Install the grille molding nuts.
  30.  
  31. Install the headlamp.
  32.  
  33. Install the headlamp bezel.
  34.  
  35. Install the hood.
  36.  

Except 1988-91 R/V Series

See Figure 2

  1. Remove the hood link from the fender.
  2.  
  3. Remove the hinge-to-fender bolts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hood.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Front fender mounting-except 1988-91 R/V series

  1. Remove the antenna assembly.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air cleaner hose from the fender.
  4.  
  5. Remove the battery and tray.
  6.  
  7. Remove the forward air inlet duct assembly from the fender.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect all wiring at their clips on the fender.
  10.  
  11. Remove the trouble light.
  12.  
  13. Remove the fender-to-wheelwell bolts.
  14.  
  15. Remove the 3 fender-to-radiator support bolts.
  16.  
  17. Remove the lower fender-to-cab bolt.
  18.  
  19. Open the door and remove the fender-to-door hinges bolts.
  20.  
  21. Lift off the fender.
  22.  

To install:
  1. Position the fender.
  2.  
  3. Install the fender-to-door hinges bolts. Tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the lower fender-to-cab bolt. Tighten it to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the 3 fender-to-radiator support bolts. Tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the fender-to-wheelwell bolts. Tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the trouble light.
  12.  
  13. Connect all wiring at their clips on the fender.
  14.  
  15. Install the forward air inlet duct assembly.
  16.  
  17. Install the battery and tray.
  18.  
  19. Install the air cleaner hose.
  20.  
  21. Install the antenna assembly.
  22.  
  23. Install the hood.
  24.  
  25. Install the hinge-to-fender bolts. Tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  26.  
  27. Install the hood link.
  28.  

 
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