GM Grand Am/Achieva/Calais/Skylark/Somerset 1985-98

Doors

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Prior to removal, make sure to matchmark the hinge locations for ease during installation-front door shown

  1. If equipped with power door components, disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Make sure the window is raised up to its fully closed position.
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  5. Remove the inner door trim panel, as outlined later in this section.
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  7. If equipped with power door components, move the water deflector enough to access the door wiring harness, then detach the electrical connectors and remove the harness.
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  9. Remove the rubber conduit from the door.
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  11. Unfasten the door hold-open bolt.
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  13. Matchmark the position of the door hinge to the hinge pillar.
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  15. Have an assistant support the door.
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  17. Unfasten the lower hinge bolts from the pillar.
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  19. Unfasten the upper hinge bolts from the pillar.
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  21. With an assistant's help, remove the door from the body.
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  23. If it is necessary to remove the hinges from the door, be sure to matchmark their positions before removal. This will reduce the chances that the door will have to be aligned when it is installed.
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To install:
  1. If a new door and/or hinges are being installed, snug the upper and lower hinge-to-door bolts so the can be aligned when the door is installed to the body.
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  3. With the aid of an assistant, position the door to the body.
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  5. Snug the upper and lower hinge-to-pillar bolts and nuts so that the door can be moved.
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  7. Carefully close the door. Adjust the door for proper alignment.
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  9. Slowly open the door.
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  11. Tighten the upper and lower hinge-to-pillar bolts and nuts to 18-22 ft. lbs. (24-30 Nm).
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  13. Tighten the upper and lower hinge-to-door bolts to 18-22 ft. lbs. (24-30 Nm).
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  15. Check the door for proper alignment. If the door does not align properly, readjust.
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  17. Install the door detent-to-hinge pillar bolt, then tighten to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
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  19. If so equipped, install the electrical harness through the conduit access hole and connect the electrical connectors to the power door components.
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  21. Fasten the rubber conduit to the door.
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  23. Reposition and secure the door water deflector.
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  25. Install the inner door trim panel, as outlined later in this section.
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  27. Connect the negative battery cable.
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ADJUSTMENT



  1. Adjust the door so that the door to body and lock to striker align properly.
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  3. The hinge to door bolts may need to be loosened to adjust the alignment properly.
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